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Market Trends: Soaring Design Costs Threaten Economic Viability of Moore's Law

Published: 10 September 2013

ID: G00254860

Analyst(s): Michele Reitz, Ganesh Ramamoorthy, Samuel Wang , Bob Johnson


Soaring design costs for the most advanced integrated circuits will put leading-edge manufacturing technology out of reach for all but the largest markets and applications and threaten the economic viability of Moore's Law as the driver of semiconductor technology.

Table Of Contents


Market Trend

  • Design Costs for Leading-Edge Semiconductor Devices Are Increasing Dramatically
    • Components of Design
    • Market Implications
    • Optimizing Design Costs and Maximizing Revenue Depend on Fulfilling Three Key Needs
  • Conclusions

Contrarian View

  • Semiconductor Ecosystem Companies Will Find Innovative Ways to Keep Design Costs Down

Vendors to Watch

  • EDA Companies
  • Fabless Semiconductor Companies
  • IDMs
  • Foundries
  • Semiconductor Equipment Companies

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