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China drove pure-play foundry growth in 2018

China drove pure-play foundry growth in 2018
IC Insights is in the process of completing its forecast and analysis of the IC industry and will present its new findings in The McClean Report 2019, which will be published later this month. Among the semiconductor industry data included in the new 400+ page report is an in-depth analysis of the IC foundry market and its suppliers.
9th January 2019

DRAM growth tops industry ranking in 2018

DRAM growth tops industry ranking in 2018
The analysis company, IC Insights is in the process of revising its forecast and analysis of the IC industry and will present its new findings in The McClean Report 2019, which will be published in January 2019. Among the revisions is a complete update of forecast growth rates of the 33 main product categories classified by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organisation (WSTS) through the year 2023.
20th December 2018

Nine top-15 2018 semi suppliers forecast double-digit gains

Nine top-15 2018 semi suppliers forecast double-digit gains
The November Update from IC Insights’ to the 2018 McClean Report, includes a discussion of the forecasted top-25 semiconductor suppliers in 2018 (the top-15 2018 semiconductor suppliers are covered in this research bulletin). The Update also includes a detailed five-year forecast of the IC market by product type (including dollar volume, unit shipments, and average selling price).
26th November 2018


Optoelectronics, sensors, actuators and discretes climb again

Optoelectronics, sensors, actuators and discretes climb again
With tight supplies of widely used power transistors and diodes driving up prices and new optical-imaging applications moving into more systems, the diverse marketplace for optoelectronics, sensors and actuators, and discrete semiconductors (O-S-D) is on pace to grow by 11% for the second year in a row in 2018 and set a ninth consecutive record-high level in combine annual revenues worldwide.
9th November 2018

Quarterly growth slows for IC market

Quarterly growth slows for IC market
IC Insights’ November Update to The 2018 McClean Report has presented an in-depth analysis and detailed five-year forecast for the IC industry, which is expected to enter a period of cyclical ‘cooling’ after an extended period of very strong growth.
2nd November 2018

Advanced technology key to strong foundry revenue per wafer

Advanced technology key to strong foundry revenue per wafer
The average revenue generated from processed wafers among the four biggest pure-play foundries (TSMC, GlobalFoundries, UMC, and SMIC) is expected to be $1,138 in 2018, when expressed in 200mm-equivalent wafers, which is essentially flat from $1,136 in 2017, according to a new analysis by IC Insights. 
19th October 2018

DRAM market braces for slower growth

DRAM market braces for slower growth
In its September Update to The 2018 McClean Report, IC Insights has disclosed that over the past two years, DRAM manufacturers have been operating their memory fabs at nearly full capacity, which has resulted in steadily increasing DRAM prices and sizable profits for suppliers along the way. 
5th October 2018

China to account for 90% of pure-play foundry market growth

China to account for 90% of pure-play foundry market growth
As a result of a 51% forecasted increase in the China pure-play foundry market this year, China’s total share of the 2018 pure-play foundry market is expected to jump by five percentage points to 19%, exceeding the share held by the rest of the Asia-Pacific region, according to IC Insights’ September Update to The McClean Report.
27th September 2018

Seven products set to exceed 16% growth rate in 2018

Seven products set to exceed 16% growth rate in 2018
In its Mid-Year Update to the 2018 McClean Report, IC Insights updated its forecast of sales growth for each of the 33 major IC product categories defined by WSTS. IC Insights now projects that seven product categories will exceed the 16% growth rate expected from the total IC market this year.
24th September 2018

Microcontroller sales set to soar, says IC Insights

Microcontroller sales set to soar, says IC Insights
Microcontroller (MCU) sales are on the march, says IC Insights. The market is expected to continue hitting record-high annual revenues through 2022. In 2017 systems manufacturers stepped up purchases of microcontrollers in 2017 with unit shipments surging 22% and strong growth looks set to continue this year.
13th September 2018

Samsung extends its no 1 ranking and sales lead over Intel to 22%

Samsung extends its no 1 ranking and sales lead over Intel to 22%
  IC Insights released its August Update to the 2018 McClean Report earlier this month. This update included a discussion of the top 25 semiconductor suppliers in 1H18 (the top-15 1H18 semiconductor suppliers are covered in this research bulletin) and Part 1 of an extensive analysis of the IC foundry market and its suppliers.
22nd August 2018

Size of semiconductor acquisitions may have hit limit

Size of semiconductor acquisitions may have hit limit
The demise of Qualcomm’s pending $44bn purchase of NXP Semiconductors in late July along with growing regulatory reviews of chip merger agreements, efforts by countries to protect domestic technology, and the escalation of global trade friction all suggest semiconductor acquisitions are hitting a ceiling in the size of doable deals. 
15th August 2018

DRAM sales forecast to top $100bn this year with 39% market growth

DRAM sales forecast to top $100bn this year with 39% market growth
IC Insights recently released its Mid-Year Update to The McClean Report 2018. The update includes a revised forecast of the largest and fastest growing IC product categories this year. Sales and unit growth rates are shown for each of the 33 IC product categories defined by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organisation in the Mid-Year Update.
10th August 2018

Global GDP impact on worldwide IC market growth forecast to rise

Global GDP impact on worldwide IC market growth forecast to rise
In its recently released Mid-Year Update to The McClean Report 2018, IC Insights forecasts that the 2018-2022 global GDP and IC market correlation coefficient will reach 0.95, up from 0.88 in the 2010-2017 time period. IC Insights depicts the increasingly close correlation between worldwide GDP growth and IC market growth through 2017, as well as its forecast through 2022.
1st August 2018

Industry overshooting spending needs for NAND flash memory

Industry overshooting spending needs for NAND flash memory
IC Insights will release its 200+ page Mid-Year Update to the 2018 McClean Report later this month. The Mid-Year Update revises IC Insights’ worldwide economic and IC industry forecasts through 2022 that were originally published in The 2018 McClean Report issued in January of this year.
11th July 2018

China’s semi capex forecast to be larger than Europe and Japan combined

China’s semi capex forecast to be larger than Europe and Japan combined
The Mid-Year Update, from IC Insights, is set to be released July 2018, and will revise IC Insights’ worldwide economic and IC industry forecasts through 2022, which were originally presented in the 2018 McClean Report issued in January of this year.
28th June 2018

Embedded imaging applications offset slow growth in camera phones

Embedded imaging applications offset slow growth in camera phones
The spread of digital camera applications in vehicles, machine vision, human recognition and security systems, as well as for more powerful camera phones will drive CMOS image sensor sales to an eighth straight record-high level this year with worldwide revenues growing ten percent to $13.7bn, following a 19% surge in 2017, according to IC Insights’ 2018 O-S-D Report - A Market Analysis and Forecast for Optoelectronics, Sensors/Actuators, and Discretes.
9th May 2018

Top ten suppliers held 59% of analogue market last year

Top ten suppliers held 59% of analogue market last year
The top ten IC suppliers in the $54.5bn analogue market last year accounted for 59% of the category’s worldwide sales in 2017, according to a recent monthly update to IC Insights’ 2018 McClean Report. Collectively, the top ten companies generated $32.3bn in analogue IC sales last year compared to $28.4bn in 2016, which was a 14% increase and a gain of two percentage points in market share during 2017, said the 50-page April Update to The McClean Report. 
2nd May 2018

IC wafer fabs closed or repurposed from 2009-2017

Since the global economic recession of 2008-2009, the IC industry has been on a mission to pare down older capacity (i.e., ≤200mm wafers) in order to produce devices more cost effectively on larger wafers.
5th March 2018

Integrated circuit technology continues to advance

Integrated circuit technology continues to advance
The success and proliferation of integrated circuits has largely hinged on the ability of IC manufacturers to continue offering more performance and functionality for the money. Driving down the cost of ICs (on a per-function or per-performance basis) is inescapably tied to a growing arsenal of technologies and wafer-fab manufacturing disciplines as mainstream CMOS processes reach their theoretical, practical, and economic limits.
22nd February 2018


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