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Wafer Demand for 2020 to Decline 0.3%, says Semico Research

Today it is clear that the U.S. and world GDP will suffer due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and most forecasters are adjusting their numbers down. On the other hand, the semiconductor industry is experiencing a few sparks of positive demand by responding quickly to the warning signs from China and the shelter-at-home directive. Semiconductors used in sensing and monitoring medical end applications are expected to remain in high demand through 2020 and new wearable products are already being introduced.

Energy Harvesting Nodes Expected to Reach 2.96 Billion Annual Shipments by 2023, says Semico Research

The prospect of billions of connected devices using sensors to collect data 24/7-along with the innovations and cost-reduction provided by MEMS devices-has stimulated increased interest in finding a cost-effective, portable energy harvesting solution. The Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to grow at a high rate driven by connectivity across many market segments. In addition to portable applications, many IoT applications will be battery-operated.

Semiconductor Wafer Demand Declined 4.5% in 2019, says Semico Research

Semiconductor sales improved in the second half of 2019 as expected but not enough to counteract the severe drop that occurred in the first half. Although dollar and unit sales declined for the year, both memory and logic showed signs of improvement in the second half.

RISC-V Cores' CAGR to Approach 160% by 2025, says Semico Research

For the most part, third party IP uses a business model that employs licensing and royalty fees. This payment arrangement has been successfully adopted by most market players and has matured with the IP market. In general, this IP model has allowed the market to be highly successful even though some IP has been constrained by the rules and regulations of closed architectures. Over the years, some users of IP have become disgruntled with the lack of design flexibility and the high licensing fees and royalties associated with closed architectures.

Semiconductor Content for Energy Harvesting Solutions to Reach $11.1 Billion by 2023, says Semico Research

The term energy harvesting, also known as power scavenging, is used to describe the collection of energy derived from a variety of external sources such as solar power, thermal energy, wind energy, kinetic energy or electromagnetic sources. Energy harvesters accumulate the wasted energy in a system, such as heat given off by motors or the vibrations of motors or other moving objects. The basic technologies for generating energy are mechanical vibration (kinetic energy), thermoelectric, solar (photovoltaic), and RF/Inductive.

Semiconductor IP Market Expected to Approach $9.0B by 2023, says Semico Research

The evolution of the 3rd Party Semiconductor Intellectual Property (SIP) market was driven by the needs of System-on-a-Chip (SoC) designers to find and acquire logic functions as IP blocks to match the functions they needed for their SoC solutions. This resulted in the SIP market taking very specific directions to deliver these needs. There has been consolidation in the market, but new companies continue to emerge, bringing new ideas and products to designers.

Semico Fab Database 2019 Summary 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 which chan

Market Improvements in 2H 2019 Soften Wafer Demand Decline, says Semico Research

Unit sales are the primary driver for wafer demand. With inventories for many products back in balance, most markets are returning to a 'normal' seasonal pattern. Last quarter, it looked like optoelectronics and sensors were the only categories expected to register positive unit growth in 2019. Now DRAM, NOR, MOS Logic Computing, Automotive, Multi-purpose Logic and a few others will actually register unit growth in 2019.

New Application Design Starts Will Drive 40% of Unit Volumes by 2023, says Semico Research

Many of the traditional end-use applications are experiencing slower design start growth rates due to maturing markets and high design costs. The unit volumes associated with all applications remain healthy, exhibiting an 8.5% CAGR through 2023. However, removing the unit shipments attached to the new, emerging applications drops the CAGR to only 4.3% through 2023.

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Design Starts to Increase Over 26% in 2020, says Semico Research

Over the past several years, the Internet of Things (IoT) applications have had a significant impact on ASIC design starts. IoT unit volumes are ultimately expected to be massive, and this category of semiconductors will have a great impact on the overall industry. Semico is now seeing more differentiation in IoT applications in consumer-related products versus Industrial IoT (IIoT) related products.