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The History of the Integrated Circuit

March 27, 2017, anysilicon

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The integrated circuit, sometimes called a ASIC, IC, or just a chip, is a series of transistors placed on a small, flat piece that is usually made of silicon. The IC is really a platform for small transistors that a small chip which can operate faster than old-fashioned large transistors

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MCU Market Forecast to Reach Record High Revenues Through 2020

March 26, 2017, anysilicon

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The IC industry’s original system-on-chip (SoC) product category—microcontrollers—is expected to steadily reach record-high annual revenues through the second half of this decade despite an overall slowdown in unit growth during the next five years. Microcontroller sales barely increased in 2015, rising less than a half percent, to set a

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Mobile Phone IC Market CAGR Forecast at 6.7% Through 2019

March 26, 2017, anysilicon

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he increasing value of the average IC content in cellular handsets along with the increasing percentage of smartphones sold as a percent of total cellular handsets will help drive the cellphone IC market to $94.3 billion in 2019. Strong double-digit growth rates in the cellular handset IC market were

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Semiconductor Unit Shipments To Exceed One Trillion Devices in 2018

March 24, 2017, anysilicon

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Total yearly semiconductor unit shipments (integrated circuits and opto-sensor-discrete, or O-S-D, devices) are forecast to continue their upward march and are now expected to top one trillion units for the first time in 2018, according to data presented in IC Insights’ recently released 2016 edition of The McClean Report—A

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Apple Protects Its Designs With Custom Silicon. You Can Too.

March 21, 2017, anysilicon

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In the February 22-28 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek magazine, Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president for hardware technologies, discusses Apple’s winning strategy of owning its own silicon. http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-johny-srouji-apple-chief-chipmaker/ . It began with the acquisition a Silicon Valley chip startup called P.A. Semi in April of 2008 and since then, Apple

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U.S. Companies Still Hold Largest Share of Fabless Company IC Sales

March 16, 2017, anysilicon

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Research information that will be posted in the March Update to the 20th anniversary 2017 edition of IC Insights’ McClean Report shows that fabless IC suppliers represented 30% of the world’s IC sales in 2016 (up from only 18% ten years earlier in 2006).  As the name implies, fabless IC

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