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Market Insight: Is Vertical Integration of OEM and Device Companies Returning?

Published: 31 March 2011

ID: G00212115

Analyst(s): Stan Aronow , Jim Walker


Several electronics OEMs have recently entered, or are looking to enter, the semiconductor business. Reasons for this trend are different than past drivers of vertical integration in the electronics industry.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview


  • Current Vertical Integration
    • Apple's Central Control of Design
    • Oracle's Opportunity to Redifferentiate Sun

Background and Context

  • Historical Vertical Integration

The Impact

  • Implications for Stakeholders
    • Consumer Electronics Companies
    • Semiconductor IDMs
    • ODMs


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