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Wafer Demand Expected to Grow 5.2% in 2018, Says Semico Research

Artificial intelligence in the IoT category-especially in automotive, industrial and home automation-has helped boost semiconductor revenues which are expected to increase over 8.5% in 2018. Unit sales will see an increase of 5.4%, while wafer demand is expected to grow 5.2% according to Semico's recent report, Semico Wafer Demand Update Q1 2018 (MA110-18).
 

Artificial Intelligence the Next Big Semiconductor Market Driver, says Semico Research

Artificial Intelligence (AI) functionality has emerged into the semiconductor market with many companies participating at all levels of the semiconductor, software, services and IP industries offering a variety of products. The emergence of the AI market represents the 'next big thing' for both the semiconductor industry as well as the overall economy. Deployment has already started in factory floor environments delivering better control and maintenance over a multitude of industrial processes and products.

SoC IP Market to Approach $10 Billion in Revenue by 2022, Says Semico Research

The 3rd Party Semiconductor Intellectual Property (SIP) market has seen great innovation in the products it offers to System-on-a-Chip (SoC) designers over the last ten years.  If any market segment in the semiconductor industry typifies the intense evolutionary pressures that the entire electronics market has undergone, it is the 3rd Party SIP market.  A new Semico Research Report, Licensing, Royalty and Service Revenues for 3rd Party SIP:

FPGA Unit Shipments Projected to Grow 14.4% through 2021, Says Semico Research

The ASIC design starts market continues to evolve with changes in the end-use markets.  In terms of unit growth rates the Communications segment is now third behind Industrial and Consumer. The communications segment will have the most number of design starts over the next 5 years while automotive will have the highest growth rate of all the segments.  However Industrial, while a very fragmented market, will have a higher number of design starts than automotive driven by Smart Grid applications along with a renewed growth in factory automation applications.

Wafer Demand up over 10% in 2017 Despite Higher Wafer Prices, Says Semico Research

The continuation of new product development in the IoT category such as automotive, industrial and home automation has helped boost semiconductor unit sales in 2017.

Analog Market Revenue Growth Hits Double Digits in 2017, Says Semico Research

As electronic systems evolved to mobile devices, the importance of analog products has grown. Interfacing with the real world via cameras, touch, gesture controls, audio and video applications all require RF (radio frequency) analog functionality. In addition, power management ICs are critical to the success of these devices to reduce the power drain on the battery. These growing applications have added significant volumes to the analog unit sales.

Worldwide ASIC Unit CAGR to reach 10.1% from 2016-2021, Says Semico Research

Many of the traditional end-use applications are experiencing slower semiconductor unit growth rates due to market saturation and reduced demand.  In addition, growth rates are more moderate when the sheer volumes of a market reach levels that make it difficult to continue experiencing double-digit growth rates.  While there are new applications such as those associated with the IoT (Internet of Things) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) which are expected to follow a higher growth curve over the next few years, in general, growth rates for traditional markets such as PCs and cell

Artificial Intelligence Voice Activated Devices ASIC Design Starts CAGR to Approach 20% by 2021, says Semico Research

There is a great deal of design activity around emerging AI applications both at the Cloud level and for adding this type of functionality to edge devices in the form of Voice Activated Devices like the Amazon Echo and the Google Home Assistant among others.  Initially, limited AI functionality is being added to SoCs in the form of Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs).

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. 

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