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Semiconductor market forecasts and trends

Posted: 24 Sep 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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China, long the wild card in the semiconductor industry, is slowing down with GDP declining to as little as five per cent, according to some economists, McClean said. Indeed, this year for the first time India is expected to report a higher GDP than China, in part because of its younger population of consumers.

The country will make modest improvements by 2019 in its efforts to make more of the chips it uses, he added. Nevertheless it is not currently poised to be among the giants: It made 13.3 per cent of the world's chips in 2007, a number expected to decline to 6.7 per cent this year as Taiwan and Korea fabs rise.

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Despite its challenges in fabs, China has put nine fabless companies on the list of top 50 semiconductors players, he noted.

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The China wild card, Part 2

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China will consume a whopping 36 per cent of all ICs this year and more than 40 per cent of all DRAMs and processors, buying more than $100 billion in chips for the first time this year.

China's success starting fabless companies nudged McClean into investigating the investment groups behind many of its recent deals. "They are very incestuous, they all own parts of each other and you can't tell where one stops and another starts, and it all tracks back to some government entity," he said.

McClean predicted TSMC will announce plans for a 300mm fab in China within six months now that the Taiwan government has cleared the way for companies to have wholly owned operations there. Taiwan's UMC and Powerchip are already developing joint venture fabs in China.

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- Rick Merritt
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