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September 2014

Total Smart Home Shipments in 2020 will be over 4.6 Billion Units, Says Semico Research

Within the Smart Home, Semico has been tracking over 70 items that every household can expect to purchase that will include some type of sensor and wireless chip by 2020.  This new connected home includes white goods (clothes washer, clothes dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher, etc.), HVAC, lighting, small appliances, door locks, security system, windows and more. 

FinFETs 2014: Shaking up the Mobile and Foundry Markets

Rolling out a new semiconductor technology always has its challenges, and it’s also usually accompanied by speculations and surprises.  In 2011, at the 22nm process technology node, Intel surprised the semiconductor industry by introducing a three dimensional transistor structure, which Intel calls Tri-Gate, but is more commonly referred to in the industry as FinFETs.  Most of the speculators were expecting FinFETs to be rolled out at the 14nm node. 

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2014 Semiconductor Revenues will Increase over 7%, Says Semico Research

Preliminary results indicate the second half of this year is starting off slightly lower than seasonal patterns. Semico forecasts semiconductor sales trends a year in advance using our IPI index. 

Aging in Place Market to Reach over 120M Units by 2017, Says Semico Research

We are a society that is growing older by the minute.  By 2030, there will be over 72 million people over the age 65 in North America alone.  And one thing is certain: none of the elderly want to end up in a nursing home.  In fact, elderly who can avoid lengthy nursing home stays, on average, have a median household wealth that is 1,130% greater than those who have stayed in a nursing home over 180 days. 

Basic SoC Design Starts CAGR will grow 16.4%, Says Semico Research

Today, silicon designs show rapidly increasing levels of complexity in response to end user demands for more connectivity and the ability to use that connectivity in applications like downloading video, video conferencing, device hot spots, increasing camera resolution for richer photos and better screen resolution to enhance user experience.   

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