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RISC-V Cores to Approach 115% CAGR from 2020 to 2025, Says Semico Research

The semiconductor intellectual property (SIP) market is an integral part of the semiconductor industry. Third-party IP has propelled the industry, opening the door for many new products from start-ups to established IDMs. Enabling increasingly complex devices, reducing the cost of product development and reducing the time to market for both leading-edge and mature products are just a few of the benefits of third-party IP.

Semiconductor Wafer Demand Expected to Grow 3.1% in 2020, Says Semico Research

There is a significant amount of economic uncertainty due to the COVID‑19 pandemic; however, Semico’s outlook for semiconductor sales includes several areas of growth which have positively impacted the updated forecast. A new report from Semico Research, Semico Wafer Demand Q4 2020 Highlights (MA112-20), forecasts wafer demand to grow by 3.1% this year over 2019.

September Semiconductor Revenues Increased 11.4%; 2020 Forecast Now at 5.3%

Semiconductor revenues in September grew 11.4%, breaking a three-year streak of single-digit monthly increases. 3Q 2020 revenues grew 10.8% over 2Q 2020 and 6.4% over 3Q 2019. Semico is forecasting 4Q 2020 revenues will decline 0.4%; this will result in revenue growth for the year of 5.3%.

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Potential Design Cost Savings from using AI Tools for SoC Designs Ranges from 20% to 30%, says Semico Research

The semiconductor industry today is faced with several substantial issues—the continuing rise in design costs for complex SoCs, the decrease in the incidence of first-time-right designs and the increase in the design cycle time against shrinking market windows and decreasing product life cycles. An additional factor has now been added to SoC design costs with the emergence of complicated software applications intended to run on the SoC silicon. As happens often in our industry, the right solution surfaces at the right time.

Analog Market Forecast to Grow at a 2.9% CAGR through 2025, Says Semico Research

The global electronics market is expected to consume over 160 billion Analog ICs in 2020. This translates to several Analog ICs per electronic device but is down 1.5% compared to 2019 unit sales. While Analog ICs are essential to electronic systems, this will mark the second year in which revenues and units both register declines. That has not happened before during the past 20 years.

Semico 2020 Fab Database now Available

Semico's Fab Database report is a great resource for tracking changes among advanced as well as mature fabs. You can also sort the data by region or by type of products. Semico's report includes updates on fabs owned by foundries, memory manufacturers, IDMs, and research facilities. The database itself includes detailed information about each fab, including operating status, location, process, products, wafer size, capacity, and more. Semico updates it biannually with a summary of whic

August Revenues Increase 9.4% MoM; 2H 2020 Expected to Grow 5.3% over 1H 2020

August semiconductor revenues grew 9.4% over July 2020 and were 4.9% greater than August 2019. The MoM increase was two percentage points above the average for the past five years of 7.3%. Regionally, revenues for all segments grew with the exception of Japan, down –2.8%. The strongest revenue growth was in China at 14% over July, followed by the Americas up 12%. The regional trend for units was similar, with Japan the only one to decline (by –4%). Unit shipments for the other regions were up 5-6%. 

Revenues Fall 8.0% in July; 2020 Still on Track for 3.3% Growth, according to Semico IPI Report

Revenues in July fell -8.0% from June, right in line with the average decline for July over the last ten years of -8.1%. However, compared to July 2019, revenues grew 5.0% in July 2020. This marks the eighth consecutive month of single-digit YoY percent increases.  

July 2020 Semico IPI Report: 1H 2020 Revenues increase 5.9% YoY; Semico Raises 2020 Annual Forecast to 3.3%

With first half results in, we have some perspective on this historic year. Revenues were up 5.9% from 1H 2019, and they were down 3% from 2H 2019. Revenues in 2Q 2020 were down only 0.9% from 1Q 2020, and they were up 5.0% from 2Q 2019. Units in the 2Q were down 2.4% compared to 1Q 2020, and they were down 2.7% compared to 2Q 2019.

On a regional basis, China had the best results in 2Q 2020, with revenues up 6.6% and units up 7.1%. This reflects the country recovering from the devastating lockdowns the country experienced ........

2020 Total Wafer Demand Expected to Reach 106.3 million 300mm Wafer Equivalents, says Semico Research

The unanticipated COVID-19 pandemic is playing havoc with both the world economic scene as well as the semiconductor industry outlook. In January 2020, as Wuhan, China and other surrounding areas shut down, there was speculation that the world would experience an interruption in the supply chain. Today it is clear that the U.S. and world GDP have been affected, and most forecasters adjusted their numbers down. On the other hand, the semiconductor industry is experiencing some positive results by responding quickly to the warning signs from China and the shelter-at-home directive.