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Market Insight: Implications of the Internet of Things for Foundries

Published: 12 February 2015

ID: G00272997

Analyst(s): Samuel Wang


Foundries must be more flexible in 200 mm wafer fab operations to increase visibility to system integrators and offer silicon-related engineering and contract manufacturing services directly to IoT vendors. Participation depends on a foundry's technological capability, resources and business model.

Table Of Contents


  • Develop Innovative, Low-Cost, Ultra-Low-Power Process Technologies
  • Offer Cores and IP Required for Microcontrollers, Security, Communications, Power Management and Sensors for IoT
  • Make Access Easy for Select Small Companies to Use MPW Shuttles and Low-Volume 200 mm Wafers to Produce Low-Volume Specialized Products
  • Gain Access to Startups by Partnering With Venture Capital Communities
  • Understand the Requirements for High-Growth IoT Segments
  • Establish a Working Platform to Collaborate With System Integrators
  • Offer Silicon-Related Engineering and Manufacturing Services Directly to the Makers of Things for IoT
  • Adopt IoT in Foundry Fab Operation

Background and Context

The Impact

  • New Business Model of Collaboration Between System Companies and Foundries Will Emerge
  • IoT Will Cause a Revival of Legacy Nodes
  • Young Companies Will Be Better-Served


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