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Microprocessor slump snaps nine years of record sales

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. 
11th October 2019

Semiconductor acquisitions regain momentum in 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. 
20th September 2019

CMOS image sensors stay on stairway to record revenues

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. 
29th August 2019


Microcontrollers to regain growth after 2019 slump

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 Insights’ Mid-Year Update to the 2019 McClean Report on integrated circuits.
22nd August 2019

Top 15 semiconductor suppliers’ sales fall by 18%

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.
21st August 2019

Global GDP impact on worldwide IC market growth

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.
26th July 2019

Can we believe China’s domestic IC production plans?

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.
25th June 2019

Sensors/actuators reach record sales on slower growth

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.
31st May 2019

Power transistors to hit another sales record after growth bubble ends

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.
15th May 2019

Volatile DRAM cycles weigh on IC market growth

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.
29th April 2019

Nine new 300mm wafer fabs scheduled to open in 2019

Nine new 300mm wafer fabs scheduled to open in 2019
IC Insights recently released its Global Wafer Capacity 2019-2023 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 2023.
18th March 2019

Ninety-seven IC wafer fabs closed or repurposed

Ninety-seven IC wafer fabs closed or repurposed
The IC industry has been on a mission to pare down older capacity (≤200mm wafers) in order to produce devices more cost-effectively on larger wafers. In its recently released Global Wafer Capacity 2019-2023 report, IC Insights shows that due to the surge of merger and acquisition activity in the middle of this decade and with more companies producing IC devices on sub-20nm process technology, suppliers are eliminating inefficient wafer fabs. 
1st March 2019

Advances in logic IC process technology move forward

Advances in logic IC process technology move forward
The advancement of the IC industry hinges on the ability of IC manufacturers to continue offering more performance and functionality for the money. As mainstream CMOS processes reach their theoretical, practical, and economic limits, lowering the cost of ICs (on a per-function or per-performance basis) is more critical and challenging than ever. 
25th February 2019

Taiwan maintains largest share of global IC wafer fab capacity

Taiwan maintains largest share of global IC wafer fab capacity
In a recently released report from, IC Insights, entitled: ‘Global Wafer Capacity 2019-2023’, the company provides in-depth detail, analyses, and forecasts for IC industry capacity by wafer size, process geometry, region, and product type through 2023. The graph below shows the worlds installed monthly wafer production capacity by geographic region (or country) as of December 2018. 
15th February 2019

China IC production forecast to show a strong CAGR

China IC production forecast to show a strong CAGR
China has been the largest consuming country for ICs since 2005, but large increases in IC production within China have not immediately followed, according to data presented in the new 500-page 2019 edition of IC Insights’ ‘McClean Report—A Complete Analysis and Forecast of the Integrated Circuit Industry’ (released in January 2019). 
8th February 2019

Semiconductor R&D spending will step up after slowing

Semiconductor R&D spending will step up after slowing
The semiconductor business is defined by rapid technological changes and the need to maintain high levels of investment in research and development for new materials, innovative manufacturing processes for increasingly complex chip designs, and advanced IC packaging technologies.
4th February 2019

GDP growth an increasingly important driver of the IC market

GDP growth an increasingly important driver of the IC market
The data analytics company, 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 500-page report is an analysis of the correlation between IC market growth and global GDP growth.
28th January 2019

Semiconductor unit shipments exceeded one trillion in 2018

Semiconductor unit shipments exceeded one trillion in 2018
Annual semiconductor unit shipments, including integrated circuits and optoelectronics, sensors, and discrete (O-S-D) devices grew 10% in 2018 and surpassed the one trillion unit mark for the first time, based on data presented in the new, 2019 edition of IC Insights’ McClean Report—A Complete Analysis and Forecast of the Integrated Circuit Industry. 
25th January 2019

Semiconductor marketshares surged over past ten years

Semiconductor marketshares surged over past ten years
As 2019 gets underway, 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 analysis of the top-50 semiconductor suppliers.
21st January 2019

Value of semiconductor mergers and acquisitions falls considerably

Value of semiconductor mergers and acquisitions falls considerably
Set to be published and presented later this month in The McClean Report 2019, IC Insights is in the process of completing its forecast and analysis of the IC industry. Among the semiconductor industry data included in the new 400+ page report is an analysis of semiconductor merger and acquisition agreements.
21st January 2019


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