Markets and Business

General Industry Slowing Coupled with Geopolitical Strife

Global Growth by Electronic Sector

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Critical Subsystems Orders Fall Off a Cliff

Orders for critical subsystems evaporated in the second half of 2018 after a very strong start to the year. Subsystems suppliers have been left with depleted order books after OEMs accumulated large inventories as the market for wafer fab...

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Decelerating Growth Now but 2018 was a Decent Year

World Electronic Supply Chain Third Quarter Growth

Chart 1 is our preliminary estimate of US$ denominated growth by sector of the global electronic supply chain in 3Q’18 vs 3Q’17. For most sectors, consolidated financial reports of companies...

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MEMS and Sensors in Autonomous and Electric Vehicles: Key Takeaways from IHS Markit at MSEC

Automobiles have become an even more important segment for MEMS and sensors as carmakers integrate more chips for propulsion, navigation, and control into their designs. However, these advanced functions and their crisp rate of adoption have...

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IC Design Leads China’s IC Ecosystem Development

IC design has emerged as the largest semiconductor sector in China, with 2017 revenues of $31.9 billion generated by about 1,380 companies. At the same time, China’s fabless segment has risen to third in global rankings with about one-tenth of...

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Industry Growth and Geographic Shifts

Electronic Equipment

Global electronic equipment production is in its traditional “fall busy season” as the consumer driven end markets ramp up for the holiday season (Chart 1). Both normal seasonality and organic growth are driving this year’s...

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Part 2 of 2: The End of the Memory Growth Rally? Where Are We in the Memory Inventory Cycle?

Part 1 of this article discussed the Memory Inventory Cycle Index and compared it with memory device sales and memory fab equipment investments. This article, the second of the two-part series, illustrates how the Memory Inventory Cycle Index...

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Part 1 of 2: The End of the Memory Growth Rally? Where Are We in the Memory Inventory Cycle?

Micron, one of the top three memory semiconductor companies, reported solid results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 (June to August) to extend a multi-quarter string of strong growth. However, the company’s mediocre guidance for the current...

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Power Subsystems: Surging on a Wave of Vacuum Processing Equipment

Process power and reactive gas subsystems for semiconductor manufacturing equipment have grown at a CAGR of 21% since 2013. The segment growth is considerably above the critical subsystems industry average of 9.5% and is attributable to higher...

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Tracking the Changing OSAT Market

Outsourced Semiconductor Assembly and Test (OSAT) service providers experienced strong growth in 2017, but will this growth continue?  In the last few years, OSAT growth has been driven by shipments for packages found in smartphones, but this...

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