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Smart Speaker Unit Shipments Expected to Grow 28% in 2020, says Semico Research

Our interaction with electronic devices has changed much over the decades. We have gone from command-line to graphical user interfaces to touchscreens. We have now arrived at a new user interface: voice interaction with assistants such as Amazon's Alexa. Smart speakers installed with a voice assistant are the new way to easily play music or get information. Speakers have transitioned to interactive, connected devices that can operate in concert with other smart devices in the home.

May Semiconductor Revenues up 9.0% MoM; Economic Uncertainty Clouds View of 2H 2020, according to Semico IPI Report

May 2020 semiconductor revenues increased 9.0% from April, which was down 14% from March. April's 14.2% drop was the largest sequential decline since 2011, but May's 9.0% increase was the largest for the month of May since 2006. Year-over-year, May was up 6.4% compared to May 2019. The North American PCB book-to-bill ratio fell from 1.19 in April to 1.1 in May. However, anything above one is a positive sign for sales six months out. The ratio has been at 1.0 or higher since May 2019.

Shockingly Good: SiC Revenues Reach $3 Billion by 2024, says Semico Research

Silicon Carbide (SiC) is a wide bandgap material and can be used for discrete components such as Schottky diodes and MOSFETs as well as bare die in power modules. Wide bandgap (WBG) refers to materials that permit devices to operate at much higher voltages, frequencies and temperatures than conventional semiconductor materials like silicon and gallium arsenide. It offers many advantages, including higher thermal conductivity that results in more efficient heat transfer and a lower on-state resistance that decreases conduction losses.

Average Silicon Design Cost for SoCs Across all Geometries was $4.8M in 2019, says Semico Research

The semiconductor industry today is faced with several substantial issues-not the least of which are the continuing rise in design costs for complex SoCs, the decrease in the incidence of first-time-right designs and the increase in the design cycle time against shrinking market windows.

Semico Research Quarterly IPI Forecast Report shows 2020 Revenues Down Slightly 0.22%

Despite the pandemic disrupting life around the world in 1Q 2020, quarterly semiconductor revenues declined by only 3.4% from 4Q 2019 and were up 6.8% compared with 1Q 2019 revenues. However, part of that recovery is the fact that 1Q 2019 revenues were down -14.6%, a much higher decline than seasonally normal for a first quarter. Units fell -5.6% sequentially.  Our overall 2020 revenue forecast has been lowered to slightly negative to -0.22%.

Wafer Demand for 2020 to Decline 0.3%, says Semico Research

Today it is clear that the U.S. and world GDP will suffer due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and most forecasters are adjusting their numbers down. On the other hand, the semiconductor industry is experiencing a few sparks of positive demand by responding quickly to the warning signs from China and the shelter-at-home directive. Semiconductors used in sensing and monitoring medical end applications are expected to remain in high demand through 2020 and new wearable products are already being introduced.

Energy Harvesting Nodes Expected to Reach 2.96 Billion Annual Shipments by 2023, says Semico Research

The prospect of billions of connected devices using sensors to collect data 24/7-along with the innovations and cost-reduction provided by MEMS devices-has stimulated increased interest in finding a cost-effective, portable energy harvesting solution. The Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to grow at a high rate driven by connectivity across many market segments. In addition to portable applications, many IoT applications will be battery-operated.

Semiconductor Wafer Demand Declined 4.5% in 2019, says Semico Research

Semiconductor sales improved in the second half of 2019 as expected but not enough to counteract the severe drop that occurred in the first half. Although dollar and unit sales declined for the year, both memory and logic showed signs of improvement in the second half.

RISC-V Cores' CAGR to Approach 160% by 2025, says Semico Research

For the most part, third party IP uses a business model that employs licensing and royalty fees. This payment arrangement has been successfully adopted by most market players and has matured with the IP market. In general, this IP model has allowed the market to be highly successful even though some IP has been constrained by the rules and regulations of closed architectures. Over the years, some users of IP have become disgruntled with the lack of design flexibility and the high licensing fees and royalties associated with closed architectures.

Semiconductor Content for Energy Harvesting Solutions to Reach $11.1 Billion by 2023, says Semico Research

The term energy harvesting, also known as power scavenging, is used to describe the collection of energy derived from a variety of external sources such as solar power, thermal energy, wind energy, kinetic energy or electromagnetic sources. Energy harvesters accumulate the wasted energy in a system, such as heat given off by motors or the vibrations of motors or other moving objects. The basic technologies for generating energy are mechanical vibration (kinetic energy), thermoelectric, solar (photovoltaic), and RF/Inductive.