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Security is Driving Force behind Smart Home Growth with 40% of Market, 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. 

Tony Massimini Coaching at MEMS Industry Group Executive Congress

The MEMS Industry Group is holding its annual Executive Congress in Phoenix, AZ this week, November 5-7. Tony Massimini, Chief of Technology of Semico Research Corp. will be coaching two companies participating in the Elevator Pitch session on Thursday, Nov. 6.

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

For nearly a year, Semico's IPI index has been indicating that the fundamental demand in the second half of 2014 would be seasonally weak. Back in early 2013, Semico's initial view for 2014 was a 10% market growth. However, as the IPI declined in the second half of 2013 we revised our semiconductor revenue forecast down to 7.37% heeding the warning that was projected by the Semico IPI index. 

The Mobile & Wearable Market will Reach 2.9B Units by 2018, Says Semico Research

The markets for wearable devices, smartphones and tablet PCs are large and growing quickly.  By 2018 sensor sales into mobile devices and wearables will reach $28.3 billion.  There are over 75 sensor vendors targeting these markets.  More sensors are being designed in which enable new features and functions. 

Total Analog Revenues for 2014 Expected to Reach over $43 Billion, Says Semico Research

The shift to mobile has given a huge boost to the analog market.  Interfacing with the real world via cameras, touch, gesture controls, audio and video applications all require analog functionality.  In addition, power management ICs are critical to the success of these devices.  These growing applications have added significant volumes to analog unit sales. 

Cell Phones Accounted for 23% of $5 Billion Timing Market, Says Semico Research

Oscillators and clock generators are timing devices, which are needed in just about all electronic circuits.  Quartz crystal oscillators, along with clock generators, are a $5 billion market that MEMS oscillator vendors are hoping to crack.  Quartz crystal is well established, and system designers are accustomed to using these devices.  

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

Semiconductor revenues are on track to grow over 7% in 2014.  This is a welcome improvement over the last three years but is still below the industry average post the dotcom bubble.

During the 1990s the compound annual growth rate for semiconductor revenues averaged 15% and units averaged almost 11%.  Tossing out the anomaly of 2000 and calculating the CAGR from 2001 - 2010, revenues grew at an 8.9% CAGR.  

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