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Metamaterials Show Promise in Providing Solutions to the SoC Market

The SoC market has become the largest segment of the worldwide semiconductor market and is expected to reach $169.8B by 2021, a 7.7% CAGR.  The adoption of the SoC design methodology has allowed the creation of very complex silicon solutions with rich feature sets and functionality.  However, the predicted end of 'Moore's Law' is looming over the industry as improvements, once taken for granted through process geometry gains, start to become much harder to achieve at each new process node.
 

Where is the Semiconductor Manufacturing Sweet Spot?

Where is the semiconductor manufacturing sweet spot?  Two recent Semico Research Corp. studies provide the information to not only determine the overall sweet spot but to dig even further to find which products and technologies are the driving forces behind the growth or decline. 

Chart 1, below, was developed from data in the fab database study.  It shows the number of fabs operating and planned by wafer size. 

The SoC Market to Reach a 7.7% CAGR through 2021, says Semico Research

Approximately twenty years ago, ASIC vendors were busy assimilating 0.5mm process capabilities and creating large libraries of functional blocks to be utilized in their Standard Cell product lines.  While continual advances on the process side of the semiconductor industry were well documented and even expected, the design side of the product creation equation lagged farther and farther behind process capabilities.  The semiconductor market evolved to create the SoC approach as a design methodology used the world over to allow silicon solutions of amazing complexity and functionality while

EDA Tools, Global Growth and Trade Sanctions Affect IP

Senior Analyst Rich Wawrzyniak was featured in an article on ChipEstimate.com this week:  "EDA Tools, Global Growth and Trade Sanctions Affect IP," by John Blyler, Editor, Semi-IP Systems.  Rich shared insights on IP vs. EDA tool markets, IP growth in China and potential effects of trade sanctions on IP.

Automotive Electronics CAGR to Grow 8.9% through 2020, says Semico Research

As the semiconductor industry matures, market growth rates have slowed from historic double-digit rates to single-digit compound annual growth rates (CAGR). The overall semiconductor market will grow at a CAGR of 3% over the next 5 years. This trend is anticipated to continue through the next ten-year period as well.  One segment of the market that will exceed the expected industry growth is Automotive.

Sensor Demand to Grow Due to Need for Biometrics, says Semico Research

Passwords are so passe these days.  They have been proven to be unreliable and hackable.  For protecting today’s electronics, the latest technology is biometrics, the measurement of both physiological and behavioral human characteristics.  Biometrics can be used for both identification (scanning a crowd for a face) or authentication (confirming that the user is who they say they are).  Biometrics are enabled by a variety of different sensors, including fingerprint, IR, image, microphone, motion detector, pressure, and more.  A research report from Semico, 

Will PMIC On-Demand Replace Catalog Power Devices?

Senior Analyst Rich Wawrzyniak was featured in an article on Electronic Design titled "Will PMIC On-Demand Replace Catalog Power Devices?"  The article covers AnDAPT's AmP power management technology and its potential to disrupt the PMIC market.  Follow the link for the article: http://electronicdesign.com/pmics/will-pmic-demand-replace-catalog-power-devices
 

Virtual Reality Headset Shipments to Grow 53% by 2021, says Semico Research

The 2016 holiday season brought virtual reality to the masses.  Shoppers were treated to a variety of options, from $20 smartphone headsets at discount stores, to high-end gaming headsets costing hundreds of dollars from Sony, Oculus Rift and HTC.  Even so, this technology is still developing, and a huge market will not materialize overnight.  A new research report from Semico, Our Future Reality is Virtual, forecasts that VR headsets will grow at a 53% CAGR from 2016 to 2021.

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Will Be Major Component of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, says Semico Research

Traditionally, the Industrial sector has represented only a small portion of total semiconductor sales.  According to SIA/WSTS End Use data, semiconductor sales to the Industrial market comprise only 12% of total semiconductor revenues.  In addition, the Industrial sector traditionally grows at a comparably slow, steady rate.  From 2010 to 2015, the Industrial sector experienced a 4.8% CAGR from $31.9 billion to $40.3 billion.  But all that may change.  Many futurists are espousing a worldwide transition into the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  A new report from Semico Research,

ADS Processor Royalty TAM to Make Up Over Half the Automotive Market by 2020, says Semico Research

As the semiconductor industry matures, market growth rates have slowed from historic double-digit rates to single-digit compound annual growth rates (CAGR). The overall semiconductor market will grow at a CAGR of 3% over the next 5 years. This trend is anticipated to continue through the next ten-year period as well.  One segment of the market that will exceed the expected industry growth is Automotive.

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