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August 2011

Have Smart Phones Destroyed the Handheld Gaming Market?

It's an accepted fact these days that smart phones are rampaging through the handheld industry, wiping out single use products one after another.  Portable media players, GPS, satellite radio… are handheld games next?

Handheld gaming has had problems over the last few years because high start-up costs keep competition at a minimum.  Microsoft, Sony, Nokia, and a score of small companies have tried, and only Sony has managed to compete against Nintendo.  This lack of competition could be a reason why this industry was so prime to be taken over by smart phones.

The most popular Nintendo games can sell between 15 – 25 million units.  Angry Birds has had 200 million downloads.

According to Guardian, some of the best smartphone games of 2011 (with their prices) are:

Complex SoC Silicon and Software Design Costs Are Skyrocketing

Phoenix, Arizona August 16, 2011 - Today, everywhere we turn, we hear speakers give presentations at conferences and industry events despairing how the rise in silicon design costs hampers the semiconductor industry's growth path. As part of this problem, we now recognize that software design costs have eclipsed silicon design efforts and have become the largest portion of the SoC creation effort.

SoC Silicon and Software Design Cost Analysis: Changes in Perspective

Today, everywhere we turn, we hear speakers give presentations at conferences and industry events despairing how the rise in silicon design costs hampers the semiconductor industry's growth path. As part of this problem, we now recognize that software design costs have eclipsed silicon design efforts and have become the largest portion of the SoC creation effort.

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Portable Multimedia Players: Converging Markets

Back in 2007 Semico released a report forecasting PMPs would one day provide additional services other than video and music such as Mobile TV, GPS, WiFi, DVR, touch screens, gaming, etc - all of which has come to pass - only now, with all these additional features, what separates the PMP from a smart phone or tablet PC?

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Executive Briefs: Always Connected Society Drives Growth

Phoenix, Arizona August 2, 2011 - Semico Research has recently released 2 parts of our 33 part series called the Executive Briefs. These briefs each include 4 data-rich pages filled with tables and figures including:

• Table: Forecast by Units, Revenues, and ASPs
• Table: Semiconductor Content
• Table: Geographic Production
• Figure: 2011 Semiconductor Content % of Total
• Figure: Semiconductor Dollar and Unit TAMs in Millions
• Figure: Quarterly Geographic Change
• Figure: Semiconductor Wafer Demand by Process Node

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