China is by far the largest consumer of semiconductors; it accounts for about 45 percent of the worldwide demand for chips, used both in China and for exports. But more than 90 percent of its consumption relies on imported integrated circuits. Integrated-circuit companies in China entered the semiconductor market late—some two decades after the rest of the world—and have been playing catch-up ever since in an industry in which success depends on scale and learning efficiencies. The Chinese government made several attempts to build a local semiconductor industry, but none really took hold. Now, however, things are changing on both…
Semiconductor Chemicals and Materials Market Chemicals are used in a variety of processes in semiconductor manufacturing. All are used in IC manufacturing to varying degrees depending on the type of device architecture, cleaning-process chemistry and frequency of use, etching-process chemistry, method of thin film deposition, use of wet or dry etching, use of wet-etching machines (cassette-to-cassette, automatic processing) or wet etching systems (dip tanks), size of wafers, and number of wafer starts.
The global CMP consumables market has resumed its growth trajectory prior to the 2008-2009 recession. At over $2.0B, 2013 CMP slurry and pad revenues are up 6.0% over 2012, and 2014 is projected to be up an additional 2.2%, according to a new report “CMP Consumables 2014 – A Critical Materials Report“. By 2019, the combined CMP pad and slurry market is expected to grow to $2.5B for a CAGR of 3.9% over this period.
However, the “unique” cellphone subscriber base is quickly approaching saturation. ELECTRONICS.CA PUBLICATIONS announces a new “2015 IC Market Drivers Report” update. The report contains analyses on The Internet of Things, tablet PCs, smartphones, automotive electronics, medical and health systems, wireless networking and many other fast growing electronic systems. An excerpt from this new 500-page report is included in this research bulletin.
Leading suppliers of high end smartphones include Samsung, Apple, Huawei, and LG. New research estimates that over $35 billion of 2013 worldwide semiconductor revenue was contributed to sales of products used in this high volume application. In 2013 close to a billion smartphones were shipped worldwide and this market is expected to continue to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 19 percent over the next five years.
The McClean Report offers a broad look at the integrated circuit industry. The original 490-page study (monthly updates provide approximately 500 more pages of information) is separated into 16 sections. About 400 tables, graphs, and illustrations in the original report clearly describe various market dynamics (another 400 tables, graphs, and illustrations are included in the monthly updates). Besides covering worldwide IC market conditions and economic issues, there are chapters dedicated to each of the major IC product segments. Likewise, trends pertaining to capital spending and fab capacity, as well as technology developments and packaging, can be found in other sections…
ELECTRONICS.CA PUBLICATIONS announces the availability of a comprehensive global report on Superconductors market. Global market for Superconductors is projected to exceed US$8.8 billion by 2020, driven by its extensive usage in MRI, electronics, science and R&D areas for developing environment-friendly and energy efficient solutions.
According to a new market study, Nanomaterials for Solar Cells, Displays, Sensors, Lighting and RFID Market Analyses and Driving Forces, there is a myriad of applications using nanoparticles either on the market or under development. Considerable effort is being put into developing advanced defense applications for nanomaterials, which are unlikely to reach deployment for quite a few years to come but which could have a large impact on commercial applications. The scope and number of applications for nanoparticles continues to grow and companies are finding more and more uses for these materials.
ELECTRONICS.CA PUBLICATIONS announces the availability of a new report entitled “Silicon on Insulator Market Technology – Global Forecast to 2020″. The global silicon-on-insulator market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 18.9% from 2014 to 2020. This growth is attributed to the growing smartphone and consumer electronics and the increasing trend of the Internet of Things. The geographic expansion in emerging markets and increasing applications of SOI devices are expected to offer lucrative opportunities for the SOI players in the next six years.
300mm – 450mm Wafer Market Trends – Copper – Low-K Convergence: Timing, Trends, Issues, Market Analysis The semiconductor industry has been increasing the size of wafers about every 10 years. In 2000, semiconductor device manufacturers migrated from 200 mm substrates to 300 mm substrates due to technological advances and manufacturing cost advantages. 300 mm wafers provide more than 2.25 times as many die per wafer, and offer significant economies of scale in the manufacturing process. Approximately 96% of 2012 net orders for wafer fabrication equipment were for 300 mm manufacturing systems. The next planned wafer size increase is expected to…