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April 2007

An SMSC Alternate Automotive Connectivity Solution: A Good Idea!

With CAN, LIN and MOST already established, what would be the need for another connectivity solution? The answer is a need created by regional differences in automotive networking strategy. In Europe and Asia automotive manufacturers tend to distribute control of infotainment devices throughout the network, with each device controlling its own access to the bus. MOST is ideally suited for this approach.

In the United States automakers tend to concentrate functionality into the head-end unit of a vehicle’s infotainment networking system, an approach not particularly well suited for MOST. But, due to this approach, US automakers are faced with issues that are causing further integration to become increasingly complicated, more expensive, and inherently noisy. SMSC, a Hauppauge, New York company has introduced the eLITE connectivity solution, which provides a way for US automakers to design a simpler, more cost-effective infotainment system, which overcomes those problems and uses fewer components than current solutions such as an analog plus CAN network.

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Opportunities Abound in the Structured ASIC Market

The emerging Structured ASIC segment breathed new life into an ailing overall ASIC market. Structured ASICs allow previous users who have left overall ASIC market to once again contemplate using a Structured ASIC solution for their application.

The emergence of the Structured ASIC represents a new category of semiconductors for the industry. The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) does not currently have a category labeled “Structured ASIC.” Therefore, Semico Research Corporation has created a definition that captures most of the important features that can be used to define a Structured ASIC.

· Use of movable (re-usable) Intellectual Property (IP).

· Use of internal on-chip buses.

Semico: Opportunities Abound in the Structured ASIC Market

Phoenix, Arizona April 19, 2007 - The emerging Structured ASIC segment breathed new life into an ailing overall ASIC market. Structured ASICs allow previous users who have left overall ASIC market to once again contemplate using a Structured ASIC solution for their application.

SOI, A Long Road to an Overnight Success

Silicon on Insulator (SOI) began as a material for niche markets but has gained considerable attention and traction because of its technology benefits driving product market penetration. This resulted in an excess of 100% growth of SOI wafer demand in 2006 compared to the SOI wafers used in 2005.

What’s driving this growth? SOI is being deployed in products that require increased switching speed and lower power operations. These products include MPUs in high-speed network servers and other performance driven applications. One market segment that has seen broad adoption of SOI chips is the game console market. All three leading game console manufacturers (Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony) have designed in SOI-based processors.

SOI, A Long Road to an Overnight Success

Silicon on Insulator Market Analysis & Forecast

Phoenix, Arizona April 15, 2007 - Silicon on Insulator (SOI) began as a material for niche markets but has gained considerable attention and traction because of its technology benefits driving product market penetration. This resulted in an excess of 100% growth of SOI wafer demand in 2006 compared to the SOI wafers used in 2005.

NAND Flash Market: How Low Will Prices Go?

The NAND flash memory market continues to be one of varying market dynamics. In 2006 NAND revenues grew only 9%, down sharply from the double and triple-digit percent increases of previous years. On the positive side, gigabyte shipments continue to increase at the fastest rates in the history of the semiconductor industry, growing at a rate of 217% in 2006. Annual gigabyte growth is projected to continue at 102% CAGR from 2006 to 2011. While this is slower than in previous years, this growth is still impressive compared with previous growth rates of other memories.

“NAND market pricing is like a rubber ball: what goes up must come down, and then back up again,” said Adrienne Downey, Senior Analyst of Non-Volatile Memory at Semico Research Corporation. “Revenue growth was spectacular for several years, but as more manufacturers enter the market, prices fall to profit-erasing levels. Shortages tend to appears when a significant new application hits the market and consumes all the available NAND in sight.”

Microcontroller Market Analysis & Forecast

The Microcontroller (MCU) market showed a slight recovery in 2006, growing 3.0% to reach $12.4 billion. This dollar growth was driven by the 32-bit and greater segment. Overall unit growth of MCUs was 19.5%.

“Tremendous unit growth for 16-bit MCUs was largely responsible for the overall growth in 2006,” said Tony Massimini, Chief of Technology and Micrologic at Semico Research Corporation. “This high growth for 16-bit MCU shipments was due primarily to IC cards and industrial control. The 16-bit segment will continue to show strong growth, surpassing 8-bit unit sales in 2011.”

The MCU market is segmented by embedded memory technology and by density.

Flash MCUs account for the largest share of MCU revenues, capturing over 58% in 2006 and will continue to grow to over $12.3 billion in 2011. However the IC card MCU segment surpassed Flash MCU in unit sales for the first time in 2006, with over 2.9 billion units sold of IC card MCU in 2006. Over the course of the next five years, IC card MCU grows stronger and represent over 46% of the total MCU market.

Semico: NAND Flash Market: How Low Will Prices Go?

Phoenix, Arizona April 5, 2007 - The NAND flash memory market continues to be one of varying market dynamics. In 2006 NAND revenues grew only 9%, down sharply from the double and triple-digit percent increases of previous years. On the positive side, gigabyte shipments continue to increase at the fastest rates in the history of the semiconductor industry, growing at a rate of 217% in 2006. Annual gigabyte growth is projected to continue at 102% CAGR from 2006 to 2011.

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