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FSA: IC design houses eye digital, wireless network solutions

Posted: 21 Feb 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ic design? digital electronics? wireless network?

Fabless Semiconductor Association (FSA) in Taiwan reports that IC design houses see potential growth in demand from sectors of digital electronics and wireless network solutions this year, as consumers demand more products manufactured in these two fields.

As FSA reported, 33 percent of the IC design worldwide capital was accounted for by wireless networking while 19 percent was soaked up by digital electronics last year, with total investment gains for the global IC design industry reaching $1.53 billion for the first three quarters. Fourth quarter investments were yet to be announced.

Majority of the island's large design houses, including MediaTek Corp., Realtek Semiconductor Corp. and Sunplus Technology Co. Ltd, are focusing their R&D on applications to consumer electronics and wireless communications.

MediaTek designs ICs for mobile handsets, LCD TVs and set-top boxes. Sunplus focuses on chips for digital cameras, DVD players and LCD TVs as well. Realtek has been concentrating on IC designs for Wireless LAN (WLAN) applications as well as DVD recorder controller-chips.

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