Category Archives: Wafer and Foundries

Will Samsung’s 2017 Semi Capex Deliver Knockout Blow to Competition?

November 15, 2017, anysilicon

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IC Insights has revised its outlook for semiconductor industry capital spending and will present its new findings in the November Update to The McClean Report 2017, which will be released at the end of this month.  IC Insights’ latest forecast now shows semiconductor industry capital spending climbing 35% this year to $90.8 billion.
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IC Insights Raises 2017 Semiconductor Forecast to +22%

October 18, 2017, anysilicon

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IC Insights is set to release its October Update to The McClean Report.  The 30-page Update includes a detailed analysis of IC Insights’ revised forecasts for the IC, O-S-D, and total semiconductor markets through 2021.  Shown below is an excerpt from the Update.
IC Insights has raised its IC market growth rate forecast for 2017

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IC Makers Maximize 300mm, 200mm Wafer Capacity

October 17, 2017, anysilicon

The man with a carrier of the silicone wafers

With the prospects of large 450mm wafers going nowhere, IC manufacturers are increasing efforts to maximize fabrication plants using 300mm and 200mm diameter silicon substrates.  The number of 300mm wafer production-class fabs in operation worldwide is expected to increase each year between now and 2021 to reach 123 compared to

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Pure-Play Semiconductor Foundries Growth in China

October 05, 2017, anysilicon

Silicone wafers in a carrier

IC Insights recently released its September Update to The McClean Report. The 32-page Update included a detailed look at the pure-play semiconductor foundry market. Shown below is an excerpt from the Update.
With the rise of fabless IC companies in China, demand for foundry services in that country has also increased. Figure 1 shows IC

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TSMC Dr. Morris Chang Announces Retirement in June 2018

October 02, 2017, anysilicon


TSMC Chairman Morris Chang today announces: “I will retire from the Company immediately after the Annual Shareholders Meeting in early June, 2018. I will not be a director in the next term of the board of directors. Nor will I participate in any TSMC management activities after the Annual Shareholders

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TSMC to Build 3nm Fab in Taiwan

September 29, 2017, anysilicon

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Taiwan-based semiconductor foundry TSMC announced it will build its cutting-edge semiconductor fabrication plant in Tainan, ending speculation that it might skip Taiwan and invest in the U.S.
“Following careful evaluation, the Company’s planned advanced 3nm fab will be located in the Tainan Science Park to fully leverage the company’s

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