Category Archives: Wafer and Foundries

97 Semiconductor Wafer Fabs Closed or Repurposed During Past 10 Years

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.  In its recently released Global Wafer Capacity 2019-2023 report, IC Insights shows that due to the surge of merger and acquisition activity in the

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Semiconductor Foundry Process Roadmap

The advancement of the semiconductor industry hinges on the ability of IC manufacturers to continue offering more performance and functionality for the money.  As mainstream CMOS processes reach their theoretical, practical, and economic limits, lowering the cost of ICs (on a per-function or per-performance basis) is more critical and challenging

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Semiconductor R&D Spending Will Step Up After Slowing

The semiconductor business is defined by rapid technological changes and the need to maintain high levels of investment in research and development for new materials, innovative manufacturing processes for increasingly complex chip designs, and advanced IC packaging technologies.
 
However, since the 1980s, the long-term trend has been toward a

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VIS To Acquire GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ Fab 3E In Singapore

Vanguard International Semiconductor Corporation (VIS) and GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) today announced that VIS will acquire GF’s Fab 3E in Tampines, Singapore. The transaction includes buildings, facilities, and equipment, as well as IP associated with GF’s MEMS business. GF will continue to operate the facility through the end of 2019, providing a

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Pure-Play Semiconductor Market by Region 2017-2018

IC Insights is in the process of completing its forecast and analysis of the IC industry and will present its new findings in The McClean Report 2019, which will be published later this month.  Among the semiconductor industry data included in the new 400+ page report is an in-depth analysis of

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Global Wafer Capacity 2019-2023

With the IC market on pace to surpass the $400 billion mark in 2018 after exceeding $300 billion just one year earlier, it is not surprising that fab capacity levels are on the rise too.  A surge in new fab construction and existing fab upgrades is underway, but will it

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