Category Archives: Wafer and Foundries

Semiconductor Foundries Sales Ranking 2017

April 25, 2018, anysilicon

Market Research

Research included in the recently released 50-page April Update to the 2018 edition of IC Insights’ McClean Report shows that in 2017, the top eight major foundry leaders (i.e., sales of ≥$1.0 billion) held 88% of the $62.3 billion worldwide foundry market (Figure 1).  The 2017 share was the same level as in 2016

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CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) Sales Records Seen Through 2021

April 23, 2018, anysilicon


CMOS image sensor (CIS) sales are on pace to reach a seventh straight record high this year and nothing ahead should stop this semiconductor product category from breaking more annual records through 2021 (Figure 1), according to IC Insights’ 2017 O-S-D Report—A Market Analysis and Forecast for Optoelectronics, Sensors/Actuators, and Discretes.
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Imec and Cadence Tape Out Industry’s First 3nm Test Chip

April 03, 2018, anysilicon

Silicone wafers in a carrier

The world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, imec, and Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) today announced that its extensive, long-standing collaboration has resulted in the industry’s first 3nm test chip tapeout. The tapeout project, geared toward advancing 3nm chip design, was completed using

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GLOBALFOUNDRIES Launches RF Ecosystem Program to Accelerate Time-to-Market for Wireless Connectivity, Radar and 5G Applications

March 22, 2018, anysilicon


GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced a new ecosystem partner program, called RFwave™, designed to simplify RF design and help customers reduce time-to-market for a new era of wireless devices and networks.
The last few years there has been an increasing demand for connected devices and systems that will require innovations in

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Understanding TSMC’s VCA Program

March 05, 2018, anysilicon


TSMC has recently updated its VCA (Value Channel Aggregator) program so we thought it would be beneficial to review TSMC VCA program and update our readers with the program benefits and value proposition.
As you all know — TSMC is a pure-play foundry and as such, it’s offering wafer

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92 IC Wafer Fabs Closed or Repurposed From 2009-2017

March 01, 2018, anysilicon

wafer fab

Since the global economic recession of 2008-2009, the IC industry has been on a mission to pare down older capacity (i.e., ≤200mm wafers) in order to produce devices more cost-effectively on larger wafers. The spree of merger and acquisition activity and the migration to producing IC devices using sub-20nm process technology

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