Semiconductor Sales to Grow at 7.1% CAGR Through 2026

IC Insights forecasts total semiconductor sales will rise 11% this year following a very strong 25% increase in 2021 and an 11% increase in 2020.  If achieved, it would mark the first time since 1993-1995 that the semiconductor market has enjoyed three consecutive years of double-digit growth. From 2016-2021, the compound annual growth rate (CAGR)…

Obsolescence Throws Another Curve Ball in the Supply Chain

When the supply chain is squeezed, how do you find parts that are already elusive? Picture this: You are an electronics OEM working in defense/aerospace, medical, telecom, or the industrial controls sectors – where a large part of your bill of materials (BOM) consists of mature devices. In your world, manufacturers’ product discontinuance notices (PDNs)…

Don’t Underestimate the Passives Shortage

Admittedly, it is ICs that will get the majority of attention when it comes to electronic system design, with the supporting passive components too often receiving very little of the limelight. Nevertheless, their value should certainly not be underestimated. The passives incorporated into electronic hardware have important roles to play when it comes to ensuring…

Chip Capex to Grow 34% in 2021 to Reach Record $152 Billion

Purse strings were wide open this year as worldwide semiconductor capex is on track to surge 34% —  its strongest percentage gain since a 41% increase in 2017 — to $152 billion, according to IC Insights. The $152 billion in outlays this year would represent a new record-high annual amount of spending, surpassing the previous…