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Mature Fabs Still Process 40% of all Silicon

Phoenix, AZ - January 30th, 2013 -- Advanced technologies and the latest consumer electronics grab the major headlines but the semiconductor industry depends on mature technologies and legacy equipment. Today, about 40% of all silicon used to produce semiconductors are processed using mature manufacturing technologies. Manufacturing processes at 0.18 micron and larger still utilize 200mm and smaller wafer fabs.

Wafer Demand Increased 3.8% in 2012

Phoenix, AZ - January 23rd, 2013 -- Semico recently released our Quarterly Wafer Demand Summary and Data, and as usual, there is good news and bad news. The good news is, manufacturing yields on 28nm have improved so for the time being, capacity is no longer a constraint in the supply chain.

Analog Market to Grow 9.5% in 2013

Phoenix, AZ - January 15th, 2013 -- Semico Research recently published a detailed forecast and analysis of the analog market, titled Analog Forecast, Products, Suppliers and Foundries. The analog market totaled $40 billion revenue in 2012 and is expected to experience a 9.5% dollar and a 6.4% unit growth for 2013. Growth in is two main areas. As the popularity of mobile electronic devices continues, analog power management chips continue to advance, improve performance and find new applications. Secondly, the world is still analog.

NFC, AR, Sensor Fusion all at CES

Phoenix, AZ - January 7th, 2013 -- If there is one theme coming out of CES before the show even starts, it's that this is going to be a very different year with all new technology leading the way. Previously, consoles and DTVs have driven the press releases in the days leading up to the show, but now, all we're hearing is NFC this, and AR that.

Are you familiar with the new markets that will be driving the industry in 2013?

Semico's IPI Points to 0.3% Growth in 4Q12

Phoenix, AZ - December 13th, 2012 -- Semico is releasing our final IPI report for 2012, and our IPI chart is showing that 1Q13 will be slightly stronger than seasonal expectations. From an end-use perspective, we continue to see good growth in mobile and cloud related products driving semi demand. We're keeping a close eye on the whole semiconductor supply chain, and this month's IPI report discusses how 2012 has reshaped the computing industry and the consequences of those changes.

Headlines for the Nov/Dec 2012 issue include:

Sensor Fusion Creates Explosion of Data and Great Growth Potential

Phoenix, AZ - November 8th, 2012 -- Sensor fusion has become an important feature for many portable devices, in particular smartphones, tablets and the emerging Ultraportable PCs. In fact, sensor fusion is required by Windows 8 for all tablet PCs and all convertible Ultrabooks, and recommended for clamshell Ultrabooks. Intel offers reference platforms for tablets and Ultrabooks that include a sensor hub block connected directly to the CPU. Many advanced applications are enabled by sensor fusion, including geo-fencing, gesture controls and context awareness.

Is NFC Cool Enough to Finally Take Off?

NFC-enabled mobile payments have arrived in the United States. Isis, a joint venture between AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, has launched its mobile payment service in Austin and Salt Lake City. Isis payments can be made and offers redeemed by using a secure element SIM and the Isis Mobile Wallet application. Isis has flown under the radar recently as its trial launch was delayed from this summer. While tapping a phone to a payment terminal seems like the next great thing to us here in the US, in fact NFC is in use around the world for payments, and we are belatedly joining the party.

Semico's Tony Massimini to Speak at MEMS Executive Congress

Phoenix, Arizona October 9, 2012 - Tony Massimini, Chief of Technology for Semico Research, will speak on November 7, 2012 at the MEMS Executive Congress. The event will be held from November 7-9, 2012 at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, AZ. Mr. Massimini will be on the first panel, titled "MEMS Market," where he will speak about the growth and development of sensor fusion across several markets.

Jim Feldhan to Give Keynote Address at Constellations 2012

Join us on October 4th at Constellations 2012

Phoenix, Arizona September 27, 2012 - Semico's Jim Feldhan will be giving the keynote address at Constellations 2012 on October 4th. Join us to learn about the IP market conditions and what we can expect over the next few years from this market.

Constellations 2012 will be taking place at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA and is free to attend.

Conference Agenda

10:00 Welcome Remarks by Warren Savage, President and CEO, IPextreme


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