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ASIC Design Starts: Sales and Opportunities

New ASIC Design Starts Reports

Phoenix, Arizona July 21, 2009 - Semico Research Corporation has just released two reports that provide both an historical analysis and forecasts the future of ASIC design starts.

Semiconductor Intellectual Property: Changes in Market Direction

Phoenix, Arizona July 6, 2009 - The 3rd Party Semiconductor Intellectual Property (SIP) market was not immune to the market forces unleashed in 2008 but managed to achieve a 4.9% growth. While this growth rate was much lower than historical trends, it is Semico’s view that the IP market will continue to outperform other semiconductor markets, and remain in positive territory with 2.9% growth in 2009. The positive growth is due to the trend for more and more IP to be incorporated into SoCs and other device types that use IP.

Netbook PCs: A Platform Battleground

Phoenix, Arizona June 25, 2009 - Netbooks are a new emerging category of Personal Computers. It has also become a new emerging battleground. There are two battles shaping up. The first is among the chip vendors – x86 vs. ARM. The second battle is the operating system – Microsoft vs. Linux.

Market Update: April Sales the Best in 15 Years

Phoenix, Arizona June 2, 2009 - At the Semico Summit in March, Jim Feldhan's opening remarks covered the State-of-the-Industry and the unprecedented decline in the fourth quarter 2008. While many other market observers fell into the doom and gloom scenario predicting a 20%-30% decline for 2009, Semico utilized its IPI (Inflection Point Indicator), MAP Model and extensive industry experience to refute this conclusion. Semico’s assertion was that inventories were not grossly out of balance in Q3 2008.

Where Do All the DRAM Go?

New Semico Report Identifies the End Market Applications that Use DRAM

Phoenix, Arizona April 24, 2009 - It is not a surprise that this year the DRAM market will fall below 2008 levels for both units and revenues. Semico Research Corp. is forecasting DRAM revenues to decline in excess of 20%, while unit volumes will only drop 6% compared to last year. However, the DRAM market will rebound next year. Semico predicts DRAM revenue growth of 26% and unit volume to increase over 50% in 2010. A key question is “Where will all the DRAM go?”

Semico’s Automotive Database Identifies Semiconductor Opportunities

Phoenix, Arizona April 6, 2009 - From Miatas to Peterbuilts, there are semiconductors in every automotive vehicle. Some of the applications are mature such as engine control units and transmission control units. These applications will grow at the same rate as the total automotive market; at a CAGR of less than 1% for 2008 through 2013. Other applications are in their introductory phase. Adaptive braking and drive-by wire throttles are examples. These applications will grow at CAGRs of 40% to 60% for 2008 thorough 2013.

The Semiconductor Industry Must Fully Transition to System-On-Chip

New Semico Report Series Offers Data and Perspectives to Help Make the Transition

Phoenix, Arizona April 2, 2009 - Semico Research, in conjunction with Advance Tech Marketing, announced today a new series of reports that offers unique information, market data, and insights as the semiconductor industry continues to transition to System-on-Chip (SoC) style methodologies for chip development.

Semico Summit Examines ‘Formula for Success’ in Tough Times

Phoenix, Arizona February 5, 2009 - Semico Research has announced that it will host its 12th annual Semico Summit meeting for high-technology executives on March 8 – 10, 2009. The annual event will take place at the Camelback Inn – Marriott Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Adaptive Braking Systems: No Stopping Its Growth!

Phoenix, Arizona January 8, 2009 - Even during this recession, there is no stopping the growth of automotive adaptive braking systems. The growth of these systems in turn will drive the growth of semiconductor revenues and unit sales for adaptive braking. While the automotive market and the semiconductor market as a whole will decline in 2009, semiconductor sales for adaptive braking systems will not see a downturn. Semico forecasts a CAGR, compounded annual growth rate, of over 100% through 2012 for semiconductor sales for this emerging application.

Solid State Disk Drives Offer New Performance

Phoenix, Arizona December 18, 2008 - Solid state disk drives, or SSDs as they are commonly referred, are an emerging product that brings a new dimension to the PC market. While there are many possible end-product applications for the SSD, the PC market is one where the benefits of the SSD are readily applied. This is particularly true for the mobile PC market where the 4 year CAGR for the SSD in notebook PCs is forecasted to be 89%.