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Netbooks: Harder, Better, Faster, Smaller

Netbooks, the newest trend to hit the computer scene, has seen amazing growth over the past year and is poised to see even more growth over the next five years. Semico expects a 31% CAGR between 2009 and 2013 as netbooks grow from 20 million units to 60 million units.

It is rare to see a product with such a niche target market grow so large so quickly, and in this report Semico explains what trends drive this market, who exactly is the target market, and what this all means for the semiconductor industry in the future.

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ASIC Design Starts By Key Applications Revisited II

This report looks at the ASIC Design Start universe by 66 end applications broken down by the major SIA categories of Computer, Communications, Consumer, Transportation and Industrial. The design starts for each end application are further broken down by the specific ASIC product type by year for 2007 – 2012. In addition, this breakdown is given for the unit shipments for each end application.

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ASIC Design Starts: Changes in Industry Dynamics

The current global slowdown in economic conditions is having an adverse impact on the design start universe for ASICs. This can be seen in the slowing of design start activity towards the end of 2008 and forecast for all of 2009. Semico believes 2010 will see a recovery in design activity back to more historical norms. An in-depth perspective on these impacts is provided by showing a comparison between design starts for SoCs and all other types of ASICs and the continuing increase in SoC design costs.

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NAND Systems Applications: What Is Eating Up All The NAND?

NAND flash manufacturers, as well as their upstream and downstream vendors, have recently endured unprecedented market conditions. Semico Research’s most recent NAND flash report, “NAND Systems Applications, What’s Eating Up All The NAND?”, takes an in-depth look at recent impacts of the global recession on all segments of the NAND flash memory market, top-six NAND manufacturer technology updates, and provides invaluable system-wide forecasts.

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Automotive Semiconductor Database

From Miatas to Peterbuilts, every automotive vehicle uses semiconductors. Finding new opportunities can be difficult. This database provides a systematic organization of five-year forecasts for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, nearly thirty electronic systems and semiconductors by device type. True, some automotive applications are mature or have high barriers to entry; but there are emerging applications with tremendous semiconductor sales growth potential where new market entrants are welcome. Use this database to find them. Then find more detail in Semico’s automotive studies.

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

The SoC market grew at just a 5.5% rate in 2008, much lower than historical trends due to the slowing of the worldwide economy. In fact, 2009 will see the SoC exhibit negative growth for the first time since the SoC design methodology became a market, declining 19.1%. 2010 will see a return to growth with a modest 9.5% increase.

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Semiconductor Intellectual Property: Changes in Market Direction

The 3rd Party Semiconductor Intellectual Property (SIP) market grew at just a 4.8% rate in 2008 as the global economic situation affected every part of the semiconductor market. This growth rate is much lower than historical trends and is forecast to extend into 2009 with only a 2.9% increase. However, the low growth rate for this year is a testament to the overall importance and strength of SIP as most other market segments are declining today.

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Foundry Market Forecast: First Quarter 2009

The semiconductor foundry market is facing a number of challenges in 2009. Most of the burden is being born by the foundry suppliers. The foundries continue to invest in new technologies, not just advanced nodes, but new processes for high voltage, mixed signal and power management. All these investments are forcing foundries to assume most of the risk while margins continue to become tighter. Offering more options is one way to capture customer loyalty but it also increases foundry costs.

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System(s)-on-a-Chip: A Market Perspective

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.

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