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Pandemic Stalls Global Chip Sales

Pandemic Stalls Global Chip Sales
Earlier this month, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced that February 2020 saw global semiconductor sales reach $34.5 billion, presenting a 2.4% decline on January 2020 sales, but an increase of 5% on February 2019 which saw sales of $32.9 billion. Monthly sales figures are recorded by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organisation and represent a rolling three-month average. The SIA represents semiconductor manufacturers, designers and researchers, with members accounting for approximately 95% of US semiconductor sales and a large growing share of sales from non-US firms. "Global semiconductor sales in February were solid overall, outpacing sales from last...

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...

Semi Market to Return to Growth Early 2020

Semi Market to Return to Growth Early 2020
Following several years of strong demand, 2019 will mark the global semiconductor market's biggest slump in 18 years. The largest decline was experienced in 2001, amid the burst of the internet bubble. The 2019 decline is pegged at 15%, the third largest annual drop since a 32% decline in 2001 and the 17% decline in 1985. An uncertain global economy and weakness in key demand are cited as the key contributors to the current downturn. Nevertheless, experts anticipate that 2020 will see the semiconductor market return to growth and continue to prosper. Memory chips are expected to hold the largest...

Prepare for Demand Growth in RF Power Semis

Prepare for Demand Growth in RF Power Semis
Future Market Insights (FMI) forecasts global growth in the market for RF power semiconductors. These devices are critical components in telecoms transmission equipment, including products involved in 5G wireless networks. Ultimately, RF power semiconductors are the last stage in the transmission of the signal, and they are used in RF power amplifiers, RF duplexers, RF filters and RF switches. Network infrastructure continues to grow, and in many countries where there is a poor legacy wired communications system, the wireless and mobile telecoms networks have leapfrogged the old technology. It is not unusual in these countries for there to be no...

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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