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TSMC Forecasts 17% Sales Growth in 2020

TSMC Forecasts 17% Sales Growth in 2020
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world’s largest contract chipmaker, has announced that 2020 will see its consolidated sales increase by 17% year-on-year. During an investors conference, watched closely by the equity markets at home and abroad, TSMC’s chief executive officer, CC Wei, said that he predicts the company will benefit from higher demand this year for smartphones, high performance computer devices, automotive electronics, and the Internet of Things related applications. TSMC expects that its advanced 7 nanometer process, the latest technology which the chipmaker has started mass producing, will continue to make a significant contribution to the company’s sales...

China and Taiwan Set to Lead in 2020 Chip Equipment Investment

China and Taiwan Set to Lead in 2020 Chip Equipment Investment
Global expenditure on new manufacturing sites and equipment for semiconductors is expected to attain $50 billion by 2020, with firms in China and Taiwan set to recover from a slump that started in late 2018. The projections, provided by US-based SEMI, an industry group representing the electronics manufacturing supply chain, show a 32% increase from the projected total for 2019. It sees 18 projects entering into construction in 2020, rising from 15 this year, although work may be delayed in the wake of a cooling economy and the ongoing US-China trade war. The forecast demonstrates how China is rapidly becoming...

Samsung Pursues Import Substitution to Bypass Japan Export Ban

Samsung Pursues Import Substitution to Bypass Japan Export Ban
South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics has started using domestically produced hydrogen fluoride, also known as etching gas, in its chipmaking process on a trial basis, with a view to becoming less dependent on Japanese suppliers in the wake of Japanese export curbs. Hydrogen Fluoride is among three chemicals currently restricted under Japan's fresh export regulations. Experts believe that Japan is enforcing the new rules in response to South Korean court rulings ordering compensation for forced Korean labour during World War II. According to industry sources, Samsung made the move on one line in late August, as South Korea ups...

AI Chip Market Projected to Attain $91.18 Billion by 2025 with 45.2% CAGR

AI Chip Market Projected to Attain $91.18 Billion by 2025 with 45.2% CAGR
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is featuring more and more in our lives, and the numbers back this up. According to a new report from Allied Market Research, the global AI chip market was valued at $6.64bn last year, and is expected to reach $91.18bn by 2025 with a robust CAGR of 45.2%. Rising demand for smart homes and smart cities, a surge of investment into AI chip start-ups, and the advent of quantum computing, have all contributed to the latest growth surge. Despite this, progress is hampered by a lack of qualified workers. However, rapid adoption of AI chips in developing...

Semiconductor Market Suffers Worst Downturn in 10 Years

Semiconductor Market Suffers Worst Downturn in 10 Years
Q1 2019 saw the global chip market post its worst quarterly performance in a decade, with the world’s top 10 semiconductor suppliers all suffering year-on-year sales declines. Global chip revenue fell to $101.2B, down by 12% compared to Q1 2018. This represents the largest year-on-year decrease since Q2 2009. Memory chips were largely responsible for the plummet in sales; removing their impact, sales would have fallen by just 4.4% during Q1. However, additional factors contributing to the market's poor performance include falling demand in major markets and a rise in excess inventory. Samsung of South Korea suffered the biggest hit...

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