Gartner ups 2012 chip forecast to 4% growth
March 15, 2012 // Jean-Pierre Joosting
Global semiconductor revenue is expected to increase by 4 percent to $316 billion in 2012, according to the latest forecast from market research firm Gartner Inc.
The revised forecast calls for higher annual growth than Gartner's previous forecast, issued last December. That forecast projected 2.2 percent growth for the year.
Worldwide semiconductor revenue is projected to total $316 billion in 2012, a 4 percent increase from 2011, according to Gartner, Inc. This outlook is up from Gartner's previous forecast in the fourth quarter of 2011 for 2.2 percent growth.
"The semiconductor industry is poised for a rebound starting in the second quarter of 2012," said Bryan Lewis, research vice president at Gartner, in a statement. "The inventory correction is expected to conclude this quarter, foundry utilization rates are bottoming, and the economic outlook is stabilizing."
In the memory sector, DRAM pricing is expected to improve beginning in the second quarter of 2012, Gartner said. The DRAM market will show a slight revenue increase in 2012—up about 1 percent from 2011—after declining 25 percent in 2011, Gartner said. DRAM prices declined about 50 percent in 2011, and Gartner analysts expect pricing to rebound in part due to the bankruptcy filing last month of Japan's Elpida Memory Inc.
NAND flash memory is expected to be one of the fastest-growing device types in 2012, with revenue forecast to grow 18 percent, Gartner said. Analysts attribute the NAND flash growth to a strong increase in mobile consumer devices and solid-state drives.
Media tablet unit production is forecast to increase 78 percent over 2011, and semiconductor revenue from media tablets will reach $9.5 billion in 2012, according to Garter's projections. Quad-core processors and higher-resolution displays will be mainstream for tablets in 2012, the firm predicted.
PC unit production is projected to increase 4.7 percent in 2012, with semiconductor revenue from PCs reaching $57.8 billion, according to Gartner. Mobile phone unit production is expected to grow 6.7 percent, with semiconductor revenue for mobile phones totaling $57.2 billion in 2012, Gartner said. The firm's analysts said that further innovation focused on location and context will require advances in sensing, processing, displays, connectivity and power efficiency.
"2012 should be a reasonably strong year for the semiconductor industry if the macroeconomic outlook stays in check," Lewis said. "Gartner's 2012 semiconductor forecast of 4 percent growth assumes the European debt issues stay contained, Iran/Israel tensions stay in check, and solid growth from China."
Analog Devices is Sand 9 buyer
September 01, 2015
Piezoelectric MEMS resonator startup Sand 9 Inc. (Cambridge, Mass.) was acquired by Analog Devices Inc. (Norwood, Mass.) ...
Butterfly wings inspire gas sensing innovation
SEMI Europe appoints new president
Will hardware-based virtualized GPU cards shrink the market?
Plessey clinches GBP6.7m grant for LED production expansion
Fraunhofer develops cost-effective wireless charging system
September 01, 2015
Wireless charging for battery-electric vehicles will get one step closer with the prototype system developed by Fraunhofer ...
Grab Altera's latest MAX 10 FPGA kit
Smart mouth guard monitors health markers in real time
Wearable: 'Hardware Ponzi Scheme'
- High Voltage CMOS Amplifier Enables High Impedance Sensing with a Single IC
- Software-Defined Radio Handbook
- Why Making the Move from a Variable Transformer to a VariPLUS is the Right Decision
- Automating Leakage and Functional Testing
InterviewCEO interview: Ambiq sees broader options for low voltage
Mike Noonen, recently appointed interim CEO at microcontroller startup Ambiq Micro, discusses the focus and opportunities for this pioneering company designing circuits that can operate below the threshold ...
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, Altera is giving away three of its second-generation Nios II Embedded Evaluation Kit (NEEK), worth 9 each, for EETimes Europe's readers to win.
The feature-rich platform provides a fast and simple way for embedded designers to experience the capabilities of a custom embedded processor in a non-volatile FPGA.
MORE INFO AND LAST MONTH' WINNERS...
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.