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10 vital signs of the semicon industry

Posted: 26 Jan 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IC Insights? semiconductor? fabless? foundry Moore's Law? fab?

The semiconductor industry can expect a good year ahead with overall growth pegged at 7 per cent. However, it will be more difficult come 2018, according to Bill McClean, president of IC Insights.

His half-day seminar was packed with insights including:

  • Apple: Debuting on the Top 50 list
  • China: Slowing but still a growth engine
  • Foundries: On the rise, but slowing capex
  • Prices: Stabilising as the industry consolidates
  • Moore's Law: Slowing on multiple fronts
  • And the market researcher's famous lists and forecasts

In the big picture, the worldwide GDP will pick up a couple tenths of a point to 2.7 per cent growth this year as the U.S. GDP hits a faster stride at 3 per cent . "The world is depending on the U.S. for economic growth now," McClean said.

"Everyone is on edge about the declining oil price. If it isn't a sign of broader economic collapsesomething I think is unlikelyit will have a big positive effect on global economic growth. More money in consumers' pockets means more spending, often on electronics. Maybe there is some upside to our forecast because of this."

IC Insights

Apple nudges into Top 50

In an interesting anomaly for the market watcher, Apple nudged into the list of Top 50 chip providers for the first time, landing at #44.

TSMC started producing some of Apple SoCs in June 2014, nearly $1.5 billion worth in six months. All Apple's chips used to be counted as part of the sales of Apple's former foundry partner, Samsung.

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