semiconductor unit shipments

Semiconductor Units To Exceed 1 Trillion Devices in 2020

Annual semiconductor unit shipments, including integrated circuits and optoelectronics, sensors, and discrete (O-S-D) devices are forecast to rise 7 percent in 2020 and surpass one trillion units for the second time in history, according to IC Insights’ McClean Report. The 7 percent increase to 1,036.3 billion total semiconductor shipments expected in 2020 follows an 8…

Revenue per Wafer Rising As Demand Grows for sub-7nm IC Processes

Despite the high development costs associated with IC-processing technology, using smaller nodes yields larger revenue per wafer, according to new research from IC Insights. The success and proliferation of integrated circuits has largely hinged on the ability of IC manufacturers to continue offering more performance and functionality for the money.  Driving down the cost of…

Coronavirus Decimates China’s Public Display Production

The coronavirus has caused manufacturing rates of digital-signage products to plunge in the first quarter, contributing to production cuts of nearly 30 percent for public-display products, according to Omdia. Unit production of televisions used for signage applications is expected to decline by 10.9 percent in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same period…

Flex Envisions AR/VR in the Future of Manufacturing

As augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) technologies come of age, manufacturers are finding ways to adopt these technologies on a variety of  fronts, including product development, training, maintenance, repair and worker safety. Flex, a $25 billion electronics design and manufacturing services (EMS) provider, envisions expanding that universe even further. AR/VR is so important to the…

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Five Semiconductor Companies Hold 53 percent of Global Wafer Capacity

Only five semiconductor companies hold 53 percent of total global wafer capacity, according to IC Insights. In 2019, each company had capacity of more than 1,000,000 wafer starts per month. In contrast, the top five capacity leaders in 2009 held 36 percent of worldwide capacity. Capacity at other semiconductor leaders, including Intel (817K wafers/month), UMC…

Low Volume, High-Reliability Distributor Weighs in on Virus Impact

Editor’s note: The coronavirus outbreak is impacting companies across the globe. Here’s what one UK distributor is experiencing. What kind of impact is coronavirus having on smaller companies around the world? Here’s one view from an electronics components distributor supplying high-reliability components While we hear much about the impact of coronavirus on the larger companies…

Mouser Signs Global Agreement With Kontron

Mouser Electronics, Inc., the New Product Introduction (NPI) leader empowering innovation, announces a global distribution agreement with Kontron, a leading global provider of Internet of Things (IoT)/Embedded Computing Technology (ECT) and a Premier Member of the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance. Through the agreement, Mouser offers a range of Kontron computer-on-modules (COMs), including COM…