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Market Definitions and Methodology: Semiconductor Devices and Applications

Published: 12 March 2018

ID: G00351311

Analyst(s): Gaurav Gupta , Bill Ray , Joseph Unsworth , Alan Priestley , Ben Lee , Claire Wen, Masatsune Yamaji , Roger Sheng , Brady Wang, Andrew Norwood , George Brocklehurst , Jon Erensen , Amy Teng


This document outlines our research methodology for compiling statistics on the worldwide semiconductor market and our approach to market share and forecast analysis. We also define terms used in our research covering semiconductor devices and applications.

Table Of Contents

What You Need to Know


Notable Changes


  • Market Share Methodology
    • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Exchange Rates
    • Fiscal-Year-to-Calendar-Year Conversion
    • Compound Annual Growth Rate
    • What Is Counted as Revenue
  • Forecast Methodology


  • Electronic Equipment Unit Production
  • Semiconductor Device Unit Content
  • Semiconductor Device ASPs

High-Level Definitions and Segmentation

  • General-Purpose
    • Memory
    • Microcomponents
    • General-Purpose Logic
    • General-Purpose Analog
    • Discretes
    • Optical Semiconductors
    • Nonoptical Semiconductor Sensors
  • Application-Specific Devices
    • ASICs
    • ASSPs
    • Application-Specific Devices (ASICs/ASSPs) by Subsegments
  • Semiconductor Application Definitions
    • Data Processing Electronics
    • Wired Communications
    • Wireless Communications
    • Consumer Electronics
    • Automotive Electronics
    • Industrial Electronics
    • Military and Civil Aerospace Electronics
  • Customer Value Research Definition
    • Electronic Equipment Manufacturer
    • Total Available Market Definitions
    • Customer Tier

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