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MEMS Shipments to Reach 54.2 Billion Units by 2020, says Semico Research

The cell phone market made up over half the MEMS unit volume in 2015. The low-end smartphones have fewer MEMS, but this segment is growing faster and cannibalizing feature phones. The low-end smartphones also have a growing number of MEMS in their Bill of Materials (BOMs). Unfortunately, growth in the cell phone market has slowed as the market has matured. What will be the next driver of substantial growth for MEMS?

Analog Market to Grow $8 Billion by 2020, says Semico Research

Analog ICs are critical to nearly all electronic devices.  The global electronics market will consume over 127.5 billion analog ICs in 2016, which translates to several analog ICs per electronic device.  Analog ICs experienced stronger than average growth over the last several years as the mobility products grew at double digit rates.  These products have a higher than average analog content thus growth has exceeded the overall market.

The IP Subsystems Market to Reach a 17.6% CAGR through 2020, says Semico Research

As the semiconductor industry approaches the end of the second decade of the 21st century, substantial changes to the System-on-a-Chip (SoC) design methodology are taking shape. Instead of dealing with SoC design at the lowest common denominator – the discrete SIP block, SoC designers now look to move up a layer of abstraction to design with system level functionality to reduce the effort and cost associated with complex SoC designs today.

Are You Going to SEMICON West? Semico is Presenting at Two Sessions

Semico Research will be at the 2016 SEMICON West.  Jim Feldhan, President of Semico Research, will speak at SEMICON West on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

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.

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