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System(s)-on-a-Chip: Changes in SoC Design Methodology II

The System-on-a-Chip (SoC) method of creating silicon solutions is delivering on the original high expectations for the future of the semiconductor industry and ASIC markets.  Designs of very high complexity are regularly accomplished using this approach today, far beyond what was possible only five or six years ago using more traditional ASIC methodologies. A new published report from Semico Research, System(s)-on-a-Chip: Changes in SoC Design Methodology forecasts that the SoC Market Forecast will approach $200 Billion by 2019.
 

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Licensing, Royalty and Service Revenues for 3rd Party SIP: A Market Analysis and Forecast for 2015

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. A new report from Semico Research, "Licensing, Royalty and Service Revenues for 3rd Party SIP: Market Analysis and Forecast for 2015," forecasts the worldwide IP Market to approach 8 billion by 2019.

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Semico Fab Database and Update Summary First Half 2015

Semico tracks over 890 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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Increasing Brain Power: Sensor Fusion Attracts More Players

The market for sensor fusion has been growing rapidly and has seen major changes and shifts in the ecosystem.  The market opportunities have attracted more chip vendors.  In the span of one year, the number of companies offering a sensor hub controller has grown from 16 to 33 companies.

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NFC: Security at Hand 2015 Update

NFC is known around the world as the enabling technology for easy payments, ticketing and access control.  It is quickly becoming a key part of the growth of the Internet of Things as well.  Qualcomm recently announced that it will include NXP’s NFC solution in the Snapdragon processor platform which powers mobile devices, wearables, and automotives.  A new Semico Research report, NFC:  Security at Hand 2015 Update, reports growth in these markets will fuel a 25.7% CAGR in NFC from 2014 to 2020.

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Semico Wafer Demand: April 2015 Highlights

2015 is expected to be another good year for overall semiconductor revenues, units and wafer demand.  Semiconductor units will grow 9% while wafer demand is forecast to grow by over 10%.  The main reason for the increase in wafer demand is due to double-digit increases in DRAM, NAND, MOS Logic Communications, Other MOS Logic and Optoelectronics.  According to Semico Research's new Wafer Demand: April 2015 Data and Highlights report, this activity will result in an overall 10% growth rate in the market.

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MEMS Market Update: The New Driving Forces

The market for Micro Electrical Mechanical Systems (MEMS) has been growing at a fast rate.  In 2014 sales of MEMS devices exceeded $14.3 billion, an annual growth of 12.5%. Semico Research projects that by 2018 MEMS sales will reach $21.5 billion.  This is a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 11.0% from 2013 to 2018.  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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SOI Update 2015: Finding New Applications

With the recent growth in RF-SOI for switches and integrated solutions for RF functions such as power amplifiers and transceivers, the opportunities for growth in SOI wafer demand have once again garnered a lot of attention.  In addition, as the industry transitions to very complex and expensive finFET technology, SOI is providing a high performance, low power option to semiconductor vendors who do not want take on the challenges of finFETs.  This report explores the markets, products and outlook for SOI wafer adoption over the next five years.  

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SoC Silicon and Software Design Cost Analysis: How Rising Costs Impact SoC Design Starts

One of the most pressing problems silicon and software designers face today is the rising design costs they face at each new process node going forward. These costs have an impact on the number of 1st time System-on-a-Chip (SoC) designs and the resultant derivative designs.

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Wafer Demand Summary and Assumptions 4Q14

The Wafer Demand Summary and Assumptions is a quarterly publication. It includes an excel spreadsheet with annual wafer demand by product by technology from 2002-2018. 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 five-page summary write-up providing the major assumptions behind the forecast and changes from the previous quarter.

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