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Semiconductor Intellectual Property: Continuing on the Path to Growth

Phoenix, Arizona March 25, 2008 - The 3rd Party Semiconductor Intellectual Property (SIP) market has continued to increase its importance to designers for System-on-a-Chip (SoC) through its ability to help reduce the design time and overall costs for these complex silicon solutions. The growth experienced in 2007 will continue during the next five years as the 2007 -2012 CAGR is forecasted to exceed 18% and the SIP market to surpass $5,500 million in 2012.

Dr. John E. Kelly III, IBM Senior VP, Named 2008 Semico Bellwether Award Recipient

Phoenix, Arizona March 17, 2008

Semico Research Corporation, a leading semiconductor market research and analysis firm, announced today that Dr. John E. Kelly III, IBM Vice President and Director of Research, is the 2008 recipient of the distinguished Semico Bellwether Award for his work in implementing the Common Platform processing technology and successfully shepherding the cooperation and integration of the Common Platform across three mega-corporations – IBM (NYSE:IBM), Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing (NASDAQ:CHRT), and Samsung Electronics.

Collaboration, Specialization, and Differentiation are Common Threads in Day One of Semico Summit 2008

Semico Research Corporation, a leading semiconductor market research and consulting firm, opened its 11th annual Semico Summit today with presentations from major corporate players. The common theme running throughout the presentations − from such industry heavyweights as IBM, NEC, ARM, and ARC International − is that the future holds strong promise for collaboration, specialization, and differentiation to improve competitiveness, drive a shorter time to market, and deliver the customer experience expected by the younger consumers coming out of college today.

Semico: Polysilicon & Silicon Wafer Supply – Avoiding the Sun Burn

Phoenix, Arizona February 12, 2008 - Silicon wafer demand for semiconductor production is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 13% over the next five years. For the past several years semiconductor silicon wafer manufacturers have been struggling due to the large investments that were required while installing new capacity for 300mm wafers and from the increased pressures of semiconductor manufacturers to decrease costs.

Semico Receives Kudos for Accuracy

Phoenix, Arizona January 24, 2008 - Worldwide Notebook unit shipments reached 97.8 million in 2007, a 30% increase from 2006, according to Tony Massimini, Semico’s Chief of Technology. According to our financial clients, Semico was the only firm to forecast this high growth correctly.

Tony Massimini has been accurately forecasting the computing markets for over 15 years now, and is considered an expert on both end-use markets as well as components such as MPUs, MCUs, and DSPs.

Semico: System(s)-on-a-Chip – A Braver New World

Semico Roadmap for Die Area Partitioning 1999 - 2017 - Source: Semico Research Corp.

Phoenix, Arizona October 24, 2007 - The System-on-a-Chip (SoC) method of creating silicon solutions holds great promise for the future of the semiconductor industry and ASIC markets in particular. Semico Research forecasts the revenue for the SoC market will grow from $37.4 billion in 2007 to over $56 billion in 2012, a compounded annual growth rate approaching 9%.

Semico: Executive Briefs - The 3 C’s: Computing, Consumer and Communication

Phoenix, Arizona October 18, 2007 - When reviewing the end-user market segments, the computing segment is the largest segment representing 60% of total worldwide semiconductor revenues. Computing, one of the 3 C’s, will grow to approximately $614 Billion in 2011. “While Computing is the largest segment, the Consumer segment, another one of the 3 C’s, will have the highest growth rate. The semiconductor content found in the consumer end-user market segments are forecasted to grow over 26% in 2007 versus last year.

Nineteen Electronics Industry Leaders Join Forces to Accelerate SOI (Silicon-On-Insulator) Innovation Into Broad Markets

SOI Industry Consortium Aims to Reduce Costs, Reach New Markets

BOSTON, MA October 8, 2007 - A group of leading companies throughout the electronics industry today announced the launching of the SOI Industry Consortium, aimed at accelerating silicon-on-insulator (SOI) innovation into broad markets by promoting the benefits of SOI technology and reducing the barriers to adoption.

Semico: DRAM or NAND – iPhone or Vista – The Balancing Act

Phoenix, Arizona September 21, 2007 - After a close analysis of recent industry events and reports, one item above all grabs attention. DRAM manufacturing capacity has clearly exceeded OEM demand. Quarter-to-quarter bit growth has grown at approximately 20% for the past two quarters - mostly on the strength of the 512M. As a point of reference, if DRAM capacity remains exactly flat with no increase in capacity for the remainder of 2007, DRAM bit growth will still achieve highest growth rate in 7 years.