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Forecast Overview: Semiconductors, Worldwide, 2014 Update

Published: 30 July 2014

ID: G00263774

Analyst(s): Adriana Blanco, Steve Ohr, Bryan Lewis, Sergis Mushell, Hiroyuki Shimizu, Andrew Norwood , Michele Reitz, Joseph Unsworth , Brady Wang, Masao Kuniba, Adib Carl Ghubril, Ganesh Ramamoorthy


The semiconductor industry is based on building faster, smaller and inexpensive chips. With fab costs continuing to rise, only a few manufacturers can afford this — which has led to the rise of the fabless semiconductor industry.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Companion Documents

Market Description

  • Changing Market Demand Drivers
  • Cost of Keeping Up With Moore's Law Drives Fab Costs Higher
  • Rise of the Fabless Vendors
  • Technology Development Creates New Markets
  • Memory Industry Cycles Will Remain but Be Less Pronounced

Foundational Assumptions

  • Analog
  • Discrete
  • Memory
    • DRAM
    • NAND Flash
    • Emerging Memories
  • Microcomponents
    • Microprocessors
    • Microcontrollers
  • General Purpose Logic
    • Display Drivers
    • Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)/Programmable Logic Devices (PLDs)
  • Optoelectronics
    • CMOS Image Sensor
    • Other Optoelectronics
  • Nonoptical Sensors
  • Application-Specific Integrated Circuit
  • Application-Specific Standard Product

Market Model or Methodology

  • Forecast Components
    • Electronic Equipment Unit Production
    • Semiconductor Device Unit Content
    • Semiconductor Device ASPs
    • Influencing Factors
  • Connections
    • Enterprise Budgets and Spending > Channel/End-Market Demand
    • Consumer Spending > Channel/End-Market Demand
    • Features and Functions > System Design
    • Device and Package Design > Functional Integration
    • Technology Node > Functional Integration
    • Device and Package Design > Features and Functions
    • Technology Node > Cost Reduction
    • Capital Spending > Manufacturing Utilization

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