ByÂ Dr. Phil Garrou, Contributing Editor
IC Insightsâ€™ fall revisions to the 2015 Forecast
For nearly two decades, the industry has eagerly awaited the yearly release (early in the first quarter of each year) of the so called â€śMcClean reportâ€ť issued by IC Insights, which documents and projects the status of our industry.
A fall forecast seminar was just held in Sunnyvale detailing how global economic conditions and emerging developments have reshaped sales forecasts unit shipments and pricing trends for the balance of the year through 2019.
The major message was that semiconductor industry growth, initially pegged at 7% at the beginning of the year, will be closer to 2% and will rise only 4.9% on a compound basis by 2019 to $450B.
We are basically mimicking the GDP, which is what market segments do when they are mature. And recall IFTLE has been telling you that most market segments are now late in category 3 or already in category 4 (mature).
McClean was quoted by EE Times as saying: â€śWe wonâ€™t have a big cycle in semiconductors till there is a big cycle in GDP growth, and it doesnâ€™t seem like its comingâ€ť adding that â€śIn general IoT doesnâ€™t look like the savior for returning this industry to 10% growth ratesâ€¦something could hit with tremendous impact very quickly â€¦ [but] the worldâ€™s still looking for the next big thing in technology,â€ť and when discussing 450mm wafers, â€śFive years ago I was 95% sure it would happen in about five years, now its 50/50 whether it happens at all.â€ť
Their new assessment of top growing IC Markets is shown below:
When looking at the next gen logic/foundry process roadmaps, McClean points out that Intel has just pushed out the 10nm node to 2017.
IFTLE has noted several times that the money is made on the leading edge and thatâ€™s the main reason to make sure you are keeping up. Well McCleanâ€™s latest plot of TSMCâ€™s revenue ramp shows this is spades. At the 45 node it took eight quarters to achieve 20% of total sales, five quarters at the 28 node, and just three quarters at the 20 node.
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