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Our Future Reality is Virtual

The 2016 holiday season brought virtual reality to the masses.  Shoppers were treated to a variety of options, from $20 smartphone headsets at discount stores, to high-end gaming headsets costing hundreds of dollars from Sony, Oculus Rift and HTC.

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Semico Wafer Demand: Q4 2016 Highlights

The Wafer Demand Summary and Assumptions is a quarterly publication. It includes an excel spreadsheet with annual wafer demand by product by technology from 2010-2020. Product categories include DRAM, SRAM, NAND, NOR, Other Non-volatile, MPU, MCU, DSP, Computing Micro Logic, Communications, Other Micro Logic, Programmable Logic, Standard Cell, Gate Array, Analog, Discrete, Optoelectronics, Digital Bipolar. In addition, there is a summary write-up providing the major assumptions behind the forecast and changes from the previous quarter.

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Licensing, Royalty and Service Revenues for 3rd Party SIP: A Market Analysis and Forecast for 2016

The 3rd Party Semiconductor Intellectual Property (SIP) market has seen great innovation in the products it offers to System-on-a-Chip (SoC) designers over the last ten years.  If any market segment in the semiconductor industry typifies the intense evolutionary pressures that the entire electronics market has undergone, it is the 3rd Party SIP market.

 

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Semico Wafer Demand: Q3 2016 Highlights

The Wafer Demand Summary and Assumptions is a quarterly publication. It includes an excel spreadsheet with annual wafer demand by product by technology from 2010-2020. Product categories include DRAM, SRAM, NAND, NOR, Other Non-volatile, MPU, MCU, DSP, Computing Micro Logic, Communications, Other Micro Logic, Programmable Logic, Standard Cell, Gate Array, Analog, Discrete, Optoelectronics, Digital Bipolar. In addition, there is a summary write-up providing the major assumptions behind the forecast and changes from the previous quarter.

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Semico MEMS and Sensor Database Report Update: Focus on Biometrics

Passwords are so passe these days.  They have been proven to be unreliable and hackable.  For protecting today’s electronics, the latest technology is biometrics, the measurement of both physiological and behavioral human characteristics.  Biometrics can be used for both identification (scanning a crowd for a face) or authentication (confirming that the user is who they say they are).  Apple’s introduction of Touch ID, based on its acquisition of Authentec, ushered in fingerprint recognition on smartphones.  New fingerprint sensor technology in the form of ultrasonic sensors will be the nex

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Semico Wafer Demand: Q2 2016 Highlights

The Wafer Demand Summary and Assumptions is a quarterly publication. It includes an excel spreadsheet with annual wafer demand by product by technology from 2010-2020. Product categories include DRAM, SRAM, NAND, NOR, Other Non-volatile, MPU, MCU, DSP, Computing Micro Logic, Communications, Other Micro Logic, Programmable Logic, Standard Cell, Gate Array, Analog, Discrete, Optoelectronics, Digital Bipolar. In addition, there is a summary write-up providing the major assumptions behind the forecast and changes from the previous quarter.

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MEMS Market Update: IoT as a Driving Force

The market for Micro Electrical Mechanical Systems (MEMS) has been growing at a fast rate.  In 2015 sales of MEMS devices exceeded $14.2 billion, an annual growth of 11.6%. Semico Research projects that by 2020 MEMS sales will reach $28.7 billion.  This is a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 15.1% from 2015 to 2020.  Gyroscopes and accelerometers will account for a significant amount of the MEMS revenues. But growth will be driven by a wide variety of emerging MEMS.

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Semiconductor Wafers: State of the Market

Silicon wafers are the basic building block for the semiconductors used for the smallest sensor in a light bulb to the most advanced electronic system in the space shuttle.  It all starts from semiconductor grade polysilicon and is processed precisely to fit the needs of each application.

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Analog Market Update: Making Digital Systems Come Alive

Analog ICs are critical to nearly all electronic devices.  The global electronics market will consume over 127.5 billion analog ICs in 2016. This translates to several analog ICs per electronic device.  

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Semico Fab Database Update Summary First Half 2016

Semico tracks over 900 semiconductor fabs in its Fab Database.  The database includes detailed information about the fabs, including the operating status of the fab, its location, process and products, wafer size and capacity, and more.  The other document included with the database is a Word file containing a summary of updates made to fabs by company type:  Memory, Foundries, and Other.  

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