market analysis

December 14, 2010

The player

Morris Chang was in on the ground floor of IC innovation at TI and remains there today as chairman of TSMC. Paul Dempsey reports.
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June 1, 2010

The news from Berlin

We look at some of the findings analyst group iSuppli had hoped to present at a recent summit before a Finnish volcano intervened.
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December 1, 2009

Raising the bar to manage R&D and ROI

Semiconductor companies are hustling to grow revenues, stay on the razor’s edge of technology and remain one step ahead of their customers’ needs. All this is going on while the industry is undergoing wrenching change. The end of 2009 finds the chip business at a crossroads. It has been more than 60 years since the […]

December 1, 2009

The A word

According to the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) latest World Economic Outlook, the possibility of a ‘double-dip’ recession cannot yet be discounted even if current data show the world economy beginning to recover. The IMF’s main concern is that private demand (including consumer spending) is not showing enough strength to restore consistent global GDP growth by […]

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September 1, 2009

Reading the runes

When we first reviewed the consumer electronics market at the beginning of the year, there were still hopes that growth could remain statistically flat despite global economic woes. However, at the beginning of the summer, the Consumer Electronics Association revised its forecast down from January’s -0.7% to -7.7%, implying total factory-gate sales of $165B. The […]

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November 1, 2008

Defying the downturn

Emerging technologies and markets could spur PCB tool growth despite economic concerns, says Mary Ann Olsson The worldwide PCB EDA software market maintained fairly stable 3.4% growth in 2007. Sales reached $532.5M, from $514.7M in 2006. The projected growth rate for PCB software in 2008 is 2.3%, bringing sales to $544.7M (Figure 1). One key […]

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September 1, 2008

The state we’re in

UK-based analyst group Future Horizons has been organizing its international electronics forums for 17 years and they continue to provide an invaluable look into what the industry’s top tier of managers is thinking. It is one thing to get your own wise analysts to pronounce on tomorrow’s market, but it is something else entirely to […]

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March 1, 2008

To pause and take stock

The headline number in the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) latest market forecast contained a few devils in the detail, although the sector does seem poised to defy more pessimistic views of the economy’s prospects. The projection of 6.1% growth for 2008 is robust, giving just over $171bn in US factory door sales (Figure 1).Meanwhile, GDP […]

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March 1, 2007

Consumer market promises steady progress

US factory-to-dealer sales of consumer electronics will surpass $155B in 2007, representing 7% growth, according to the most recent forecast from the Consumer Electronics Association. This performance will follow on from an expected $145B market in 2006, a year which surpassed even the most optimistic forecasts by logging growth of 13%. “The industry outlook is […]

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June 1, 2006

Powering the third digital electronics revolution

As the third wave of the digital revolution finally gains momentum, the chip industry is breaking loose from its homogeneous telecom/PC-centric confines – where everyone’s product and box essentially looked and worked the same – into the arms of the fragmented consumer-centric heterogeneous multimedia, with significantly more brand names and lots of different price points. […]

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