Gartner: IC capex to decline 19% in 2012
October 03, 2011 // Dylan McGrath
Worldwide semiconductor capital equipment spending will total about $35.2 billion in 2012, representing a 19.2 percent decline from the projected 2011 total of $43.5 billion, according to the latest forecast from market research firm Gartner Inc.
Gartner blames excess electronics inventory and poor spending demand as a result of the slowing macro economy for the anticipated decline.
"The slowdown appears to be across the board," said Klaus Rinnen, managing vice president at Gartner, in a statement. "While it appears the foundries will continue their capacity race at 28 nanometers (nm), spending on 45- to 90-nm technologies is slowing, and some equipment from those technology nodes is being used for 28-nm production to help increase capacity utilization.".
Rinnen said capital spending by NAND memory chip makers has also softened due to weaker-than-expected growth in the production of media tablets.
Gartner said its analysts expect the slowdown to last for the remainder of 2011 and into the first half of 2012. By mid-2012 Gartner expects the supply and demand to be more in balance, so DRAM and foundry will need to begin to increase spending to meet an increase in demand as the PC market rebounds and consumers begin spending once the economy stabilizes a bit.
Gartner predicts that semiconductor industry capital spending will increase in 2013 by 18.4 percent.
Gartner said worldwide wafer fab equipment (WFE) sales began slowing in the second quarter and the firm expects the decline to accelerate in the second half of the year with the added pressure of slowing device sales and excess inventory liquidation. WFE revenue is forecast to grow 9.4 percent in 2011, but decline 19.6 percent in 2012, Gartner said.All news
Forget iPhone: 4 megatrends in China’s smartphone market
August 28, 2014
Touch Taiwan, an international touch-panel and optical film exhibition that opened here Wednesday, is exposing some of Asia’s ...
Lantronix to fill digital classrooms' printing gap with PAL programme
Smart bicycle to feature eCall, GPS tracking and scheduled maintenance
Rohm opens MEMS foundry operation
Can rubber bounce back to power lithium-ion batteries?
Low noise rail-to-rail negative regulator with programmable current limit
August 28, 2014
The LTR3090 is a low noise single resistor programmable negative regulator based upon current reference architecture.
Study: Connected Car to spur competition between OEMs and IT players
BAE Systems develops 'smart skin' for aircraft
White-chip scale packages cut costs by 80 percent
- How to Protect & Monetize Android Apps
- Building Blocks for the Internet of Things
- New Linear Regulators Solve Old Problems
- Testing GPS with a Simulator
InterviewCEO interview: Tronics' Langlois makes moves in MEMS
Pascal Langlois has been CEO at Tronics for nine months. He discusses plans for the company and directions for the complex and diverse MEMS technology sector.
Filter WizardCheck out the Filter Wizard Series of articles by Filter Guru Kendall Castor-Perry which provide invaluable practical Analog Design guidelines.
Linear video channel
READER OFFERRead more
This month, Altium Ltd is offering EETimes Europe's readers the chance to win one TASKING VX-Toolset for ARM Cortex-M Premium Edition, normally licensed for 2.395 Euros, for ultra-rapid prototyping and code development around ARM Cortex-M based microcontrollers.
The VX-toolset for ARM is the first TASKING compiler suite to receive the Software Platform technology, which is seamlessly...Read more
December 15, 2011 | Texas instruments | 222901974
Unique Ser/Des technology supports encrypted video and audio content with full duplex bi-directional control channel over a single wire interface.