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MEMS Shipments to Reach 54.2 Billion Units by 2020, says Semico Research

The cell phone market made up over half the MEMS unit volume in 2015. The low-end smartphones have fewer MEMS, but this segment is growing faster and cannibalizing feature phones. The low-end smartphones also have a growing number of MEMS in their Bill of Materials (BOMs). Unfortunately, growth in the cell phone market has slowed as the market has matured. What will be the next driver of substantial growth for MEMS?

Analog Market to Grow $8 Billion by 2020, says Semico Research

Analog ICs are critical to nearly all electronic devices.  The global electronics market will consume over 127.5 billion analog ICs in 2016, which translates to several analog ICs per electronic device.  Analog ICs experienced stronger than average growth over the last several years as the mobility products grew at double digit rates.  These products have a higher than average analog content thus growth has exceeded the overall market.

3D Printing: What Does It Mean for the Semiconductor Industry?

Semico Research was pleased to host the 3D printing TechXPOT at SEMICON West 2016, in conjunction with SEMI.  We also hosted the inaugural 3D printing session at SEMICON West 2014.  What is striking is how much the 3D printing industry has changed in those two years.  In 2014, 3D printing was at the height of media attention; the major questions were when each home would have its own 3D printer.  In 2016, the conversation is much more focused on certain industries where 3D printing shines—namely, healthcare, automotive, and aerospace.  In 2014, we were just beginning to put plastics and metals in the same 3D printed object.  In 2016, the focus is now on refining those materials for conductivity and reducing design time and costs for PCBs. 

The IP Subsystems Market to Reach a 17.6% CAGR through 2020, says Semico Research

As the semiconductor industry approaches the end of the second decade of the 21st century, substantial changes to the System-on-a-Chip (SoC) design methodology are taking shape. Instead of dealing with SoC design at the lowest common denominator – the discrete SIP block, SoC designers now look to move up a layer of abstraction to design with system level functionality to reduce the effort and cost associated with complex SoC designs today.

Semico Wafer Demand: Q2 2016 Highlights

The Wafer Demand Summary and Assumptions is a quarterly publication. It includes an excel spreadsheet with annual wafer demand by product by technology from 2010-2020. Product categories include DRAM, SRAM, NAND, NOR, Other Non-volatile, MPU, MCU, DSP, Computing Micro Logic, Communications, Other Micro Logic, Programmable Logic, Standard Cell, Gate Array, Analog, Discrete, Optoelectronics, Digital Bipolar. In addition, there is a summary write-up providing the major assumptions behind the forecast and changes from the previous quarter.

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Are You Going to SEMICON West? Semico is Presenting at Two Sessions

Semico Research will be at the 2016 SEMICON West.  Jim Feldhan, President of Semico Research, will speak at SEMICON West on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

Adrienne Downey to Speak at 3D Printing Session at SEMICON West 2016

Adrienne Downey, Director of Technology Research at Semico Research, will speak at SEMICON West on Thursday, July 14, 2016.  Adrienne is speaking during the session:  3D Printing:  A New Dimension in Manufacturing.

Jim Feldhan to Speak at SEMICON West

Jim Feldhan, President of Semico Research, will speak at SEMICON West on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.  Jim is speaking during the session:  Analog and New Frontiers:  Equipment Supplier Forecast, Challenges Specific to the Manufacture and Test of Analog Devices.

Rely on Semico's Fab Database to Keep You In the Know

Interest in China is at a fever pitch, with the country's National IC Industry Investment Fund leading the way.  The latest to announce a project in China is GLOBALFOUNDRIES, with plans for a 300mm fab in a joint venture with the government of Chongqing.  As the project involves upgrading an existing fab, production is planned for 2017.  Lots of projects are going on in China right now -- are you keeping up?

MEMS Market Update: IoT as a Driving Force

The market for Micro Electrical Mechanical Systems (MEMS) has been growing at a fast rate.  In 2015 sales of MEMS devices exceeded $14.2 billion, an annual growth of 11.6%. Semico Research projects that by 2020 MEMS sales will reach $28.7 billion.  This is a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 15.1% from 2015 to 2020.  Gyroscopes and accelerometers will account for a significant amount of the MEMS revenues. But growth will be driven by a wide variety of emerging MEMS.

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