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Top 10 Semiconductor Manufacturing Investment Priorities for the Emerging Markets in 2018

Published: 23 April 2018

ID: G00348542

Analyst(s): Samuel Wang


To gain a competitive advantage in the emerging markets, technology business unit leaders at semiconductor manufacturing and fabless companies must set their investment priority correctly in manufacturability, intellectual property and customer relationships.

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  • Key Challenges



  • Invest in Manufacturability
    • Advanced Logic: Production Starts Initially in 7 nm Technology for Application Processors and Bitcoin Mining, Followed by AI and 5G
    • Memory: Demand Continues to Rise as 96-Layer 3D NAND and 1y nm DRAM Become Available
    • 2.5 and 3D SIP Packages: Demand Triggers Closer Collaboration Between Different Outsourcing Suppliers
    • EUV: Real Men Have Fabs With EUV; Wise Men Evaluate the ROI Before Committing Fully to EUV
    • Redefined Product Portfolio: Offer Specific Products to Accommodate the Rising Semiconductor Content in the Automotive Market
  • Invest in Intangible Asset
    • High-Bandwidth Interface IP: HBM3, GDDR6 and PCIe 4.0 Offer Faster Memory Interface Before the Arrival of In-Memory Computing
    • Flexibility for Algorithms: Flexibility, Besides Performance, Power and Price, Is a New Consideration in Super Chips for Algorithm Reconfiguration
    • System-Aware Design Methodology: Optimization in Chip Design Methodologies for System Awareness
  • Invest in Partnership
    • System/OEM Customers: A Captive Chip Solution Becomes an Important Differentiator for OEMs, Causing Competition With Chip Suppliers
    • Make Use of China's Fabs: As Construction of Many Chinese Fabs Comes to Completion, Alliances and Commune IDMs Are Initiated to Solicit the Use of These Fabs

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