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Analysis
11th September 2020
Total microprocessor sales edge slightly higher in 2020

Total microprocessor sales are forecast to grow 1.4% in 2020 to nearly $79.3bn, following a 2.4% decline in 2019, which was the first revenue drop in the worldwide MPU market in ten years, according to data released in IC Insights’ Mid-Year Update to the 2020 McClean Report.  

Analysis
24th July 2020
RF/microwave to lead power transistor recovery in 2021

The total power transistor market is expected to fall seven percent in 2020 because of the COVID-19 virus crisis, but sales are forecast to rebound seven percent next year and reach a new record high in 2022, according to an O-S-D Report.

Analysis
12th February 2020
Acquisition rebound lifts 2019 to third-largest year

Semiconductor merger and acquisition activity strengthened in 2019 after pulling back in the two previous years from historic high levels of M&A agreements in 2015 and 2016. More than 30 semiconductor acquisition agreements in 2019 had a combined value of $31.7bn, which was a 22% increase from $25.9bn in 2018, according to data compiled by IC Insights in its new 2020 edition of The McClean Report—A Complete Analysis and Forecast of the ...

Analysis
27th January 2020
IC products forecast to demonstrate positive growth in 2020

IC Insights recently released the 2020 edition of The McClean Report. The new analysis and forecast of the IC industry includes IC Insights’ 2020 ranking of sales growth rates for each of the 33 IC product categories defined by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organisation. 

Analysis
14th January 2020
Record amount of IC capacity forecast to be added in 2021

IC Insights recently released its Global Wafer Capacity 2020-2024 report that provides in-depth analyses and forecasts of IC industry capacity by wafer size, by process geometry, by region, and by product type through 2024. Typically, the IC industry meets most of its IC unit demand by increasing wafer starts, not by dramatically increasing the number of dice per wafer. The number of good ICs shipped per wafer increased by an average of...

Memory
17th December 2019
NAND Flash to lead all others as IC market growth returns in 2020

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 2020, which will be released in January 2020. 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 2024. The top five categories for IC product growth are covered in th...

Analysis
5th December 2019
IC industry forecast to rebound in 2020

After a 16% drop in 2019, IC Insights believes that 2020 will see single-digit growth for the IC industry and a moderate increase in the worldwide economy, with China playing a critical role in these forecasts. In 2024, the IC market is forecast to reach $575bn, up from $356bn in 2019.

Analysis
25th November 2019
Intel to reclaim number one semiconductor supplier ranking

IC Insights’ ‘November Update to the 2019 McClean Report’, released later this month, will include a discussion of the forecasted top-25 semiconductor suppliers in 2019 (the top-15 2019 semiconductor suppliers are covered in this research bulletin). 

Analysis
6th November 2019
Semiconductor industry capex to set new record

IC Insights' November Update to The McClean Report 2019 will include a capital spending forecast for the major semiconductor companies for 2019 and 2020. In January of next year, IC Insights will release The McClean Report 2020 and present its seminars that review the five-year forecasts for the IC industry.

Analysis
11th October 2019
Microprocessor slump snaps nine years of record sales

The microprocessor market’s string of nine straight record-high annual sales between 2010 and 2018 is expected to end this year with worldwide MPU revenue dropping four percent to about $77.3bn because of weakness in smartphone shipments, excess inventories in data centre computers, and the global fallout from the US-China trade war, according to IC Insights. 

Analysis
20th September 2019
Semiconductor acquisitions regain momentum in 2019

After slowing in the past couple years, semiconductor merger and acquisition activity strengthened in the first eight months of 2019 with the combined value of about 20 M&A agreement announcements reaching $28.0bn for the purchase of chip companies, business units, product lines, intellectual property (IP), and wafer fabs between January and the end of August. 

Sensors
29th August 2019
CMOS image sensors stay on stairway to record revenues

Despite an expected slowdown in growth this year and in 2020, the CMOS image sensor market is forecast to continue reaching record-high sales and unit volumes through 2023 with the spread of digital-imaging applications offsetting weakness in the global economy and the fallout from the US-China trade war. 

Micros
22nd August 2019
Microcontrollers to regain growth after 2019 slump

After reaching record-high sales in the last two years, the microcontroller (MCU) market slid lower in the first half of 2019 because of overall weakness in electronic systems, a slowdown in automobile sales, and no letup in the trade war between the US and China. In the first six months of this year, worldwide sales of microcontrollers declined about 13% compared to the first half of 2018 while MCU unit shipments fell 14%, according to IC Insigh...

Analysis
21st August 2019
Top 15 semiconductor suppliers’ sales fall by 18%

IC Insights released its ‘August Update’ to the 2019 ‘McClean Report’ earlier this month. This Update included Part one of an in-depth analysis of the foundry industry, an updated forecast for semiconductor capital spending this year, and a ranking of the top-25 1H19 semiconductor suppliers and their 3Q19 sales outlook. The top-15 1H19 semiconductor suppliers are covered in this research bulletin.

Analysis
26th July 2019
Global GDP impact on worldwide IC market growth

In its soon to be released ‘Mid-Year Update to The McClean Report 2019’, IC Insights forecasts that the 2018-2023 global GDP and IC market correlation coefficient will reach 0.88 (0.94 when excluding memory), up from 0.87 in 2010 to 2018. IC Insights depicts the increasingly close correlation between worldwide GDP growth and IC market growth through 2018, as well as its forecast through 2023.

Analysis
25th June 2019
Can we believe China’s domestic IC production plans?

In the wake of tariffs and trade tension between China and the United States, government officials and company representatives throughout China have doubled down on their resolve to quickly and meaningfully grow the nation’s domestic IC business in order to reduce its dependence on critical IC components currently supplied by companies based in the U.S. and other countries.

Sensors
31st May 2019
Sensors/actuators reach record sales on slower growth

Inventory corrections, slowing smartphone shipments, and pullbacks in purchase orders throttled sales growth in semiconductor sensors and actuators last year, resulting in a subpar six percent increase in 2018 to a record high $14.7bn after double-digit percentage gains in 2017 and 2016, according to IC Insights’ 2019 O-S-D Report - A Market Analysis and Forecast for Optoelectronics, Sensors/Actuators, and Discretes.

Power
15th May 2019
Power transistors to hit another sales record after growth bubble ends

  Double digit percentage sales growth in power transistors strengthened last year, climbing 14% in 2018 to reach an all time high of $16.3bn after setting the previous record in 2017 with an 11% increase, according to IC Insights’ 2019 O-S-D Report - A Market Analysis and Forecast for Optoelectronics, Sensors/Actuators, and Discretes.

Memory
29th April 2019
Volatile DRAM cycles weigh on IC market growth

In the March Update to the 2019 edition of ‘The McClean Report—A Complete Analysis and Forecast of the Integrated Circuit Industry’, IC Insights shows how the total memory market heavily influenced total IC market growth for the positive during the past two years but will likely have a very negative impact on total IC market growth in 2019.

Analysis
11th April 2019
Sony maintains number 1 ranking in O-S-D market

  IC Insights’ new 2019 O-S-D Report - A Market Analysis and Forecast for Optoelectronics, Sensors/Actuators, and Discretes was released at the end of March. Among the O-S-D industry data included in the new 350-page report is an analysis of the top-30 O-S-D suppliers (the top-10 ranking is discussed in this Research Bulletin).

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