Semiconductor manufacturers worldwide are on track to boost 200mm fab capacity by 950,000 wafers, or 17%, from 2020 through 2024 to reach a record high of 6.6 million wafers per month, SEMI announced today.
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Fueled by economic recovery and the transition to a digital economy, memory IC sales are forecast to reach $180.4 billion in 2022, exceeding the previous record high set in 2018.
Expect to see a convergence of edge computing, machine vision and 5G-connected vehicles.
IBM announced a breakthrough in semiconductor design and process with the development of the world’s first chip announced with 2 nm nanosheet technology. The new design is projected to achieve 45 percent higher performance and 75 percent lower energy use than today’s 7 nm chips. It will likely not be in production until 2024.
Worldwide sales for March increase 17.8% year-to-year, 3.7% month-to-month.
Fabless IC suppliers registered a strong 24% surge in sales last year as compared to only an 8% increase by the IDMs.
Propelled by 50% share of IDM sales and 64% share of fabless sales, U.S. companies captured 55% of the total worldwide IC market in 2020.
Intel Corporation is ramping up hiring activity globally but more so in Taiwan.
A 13% increase is expected to lift total semiconductor shipments to a new record high.