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Rely on Semico's Fab Database to Keep You In the Know

Interest in China is at a fever pitch, with the country's National IC Industry Investment Fund leading the way.  The latest to announce a project in China is GLOBALFOUNDRIES, with plans for a 300mm fab in a joint venture with the government of Chongqing.  As the project involves upgrading an existing fab, production is planned for 2017.  Lots of projects are going on in China right now -- are you keeping up?

Come Learn About IP Subsystems with Semico Research at DAC

Are you going to DAC next week?  Semico will be there and will be speaking about this topic on both Wednesday and Thursday.

Solving the Design Cost Puzzle:  How IP Fits
10:30am, June 7, 2016
DAC Pavilion, Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas
Jim Feldhan, President of Semico Research, will speak on June 7, 2016.  Jim's presentation is titled "Solving the Design Cost Puzzle:  How IP Fits". 

Semico Research IP Subsystem Tutorial
IP Track: Why IP Subsystems and Why Now?
1:30PM - 3:00PM, June 8, 2016, Ballroom G
Rich Wawrzyniak will participate in a tutorial on the IP Subsystem market at the upcoming Digital Automation Conference on June 8, 2016. 

3D Printing Industry Expected to Top $6.5 Billion in Revenue in 2016, says Semico Research

The 3D printing market got a shot in the arm this week as HP began taking orders for its long-awaited HP Jet Fusion 3D printer.  HP claims its printer is faster than existing 3D printers and more cost-effective.  Using a proprietary technology, the printer is targeted at industrial customers for mass production.  The HP Jet Fusion currently only prints in nylon (but will accommodate other materials in the future), and involves post-processing of printed items, requiring another purchase in addition to the printer itself.
 

ASIC Design Starts in Transportation to Increase by 7.1% in 2016, Says Semico Research

Increasing numbers of IoT solutions, adds to the growth in new design starts.  Certain applications, such as those associated with automotive, are expected to follow a higher growth curve over the next few years.  In addition to all the infotainment accessories and electric vehicle demands that have already been added to vehicles, the vision of autonomous driving brings a need for safety, connectivity and more accurate sensing capabilities.

Energy Harvesting to Drive Semiconductor Sales to $3 Billion by 2020, says Semico Research

Whether it's the Internet of Things (IoT), wearables, or industrial automation, new devices and applications are portable, battery-operated and require continuous power.  Wireless connectivity is required for connecting to the Internet.  Today's devices collect and transmit data from sensors, are always or almost always on and require power.  The semiconductor industry has met the challenge to design devices for low power operation.

ESD Alliance, Semico Research Sign Joint Marketing Agreement

Agreement Offers Access to Semico Reports, Conference for ESD Alliance Members

The Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance (formerly the EDA Consortium) and Semico Research today announced that they have entered into a joint marketing agreement (JMA) to work together on several business initiatives in support of the semiconductor design ecosystem.

Semico Partner EDAC is now the ESD Alliance

The EDA Consortium (EDAC) has launched a new name and mission; the organization will now be called the Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance.  The group will now address the larger design ecosystem, including semiconductor intellectual property (IP), embedded software, advanced packaging for system scaling and service companies that provide design resources.  The ESD Alliance hosts DAC, the Design Automation Conference, each year.  For more information, download this presentation or visit the ESD Alliance at www.esd-alliance.org.

Mixed Signal and IoT Driving ASIC Design Starts Growth, says Semico Research

Steady demand in existing end markets and growth from new end applications are pushing ASIC design activity to new levels.  This increase in growth is based on very good growth in the Mixed Signal ASIC market and in the Basic SoC market. The Basic SoC market is being driven by the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the need for silicon solutions for this segment. Mixed Signal ASIC designs have been growing for the last few years as more systems seek to interface to analog 'real world' functions.

2016 Semiconductor Sales to Go Negative

Semico's Inflection Point Indicator is a model we have developed which has a history of accurately predicting semiconductor revenue inflection points four quarters in advance.  After analyzing current trends, it seems the semiconductor industry is repeating the pattern from 2011-2012, albeit at a muted level.  Just in the past 4-5 years, the major end markets served by the semiconductor industry--tablets, notebooks, smartphones--have matured, causing growth rates to slow.

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