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Semicon Outlook 09 - II: What industry forecasts

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BANGALORE, INDIA: What a tumultous year this has been! The global semiconductor industry started this year, amid fears of a possible recession in 2008, along with concerns surrounding consumer spend that could be hit by higher oil prices and the US mortgage crisis.

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As the year ambled along, the industry did show some positives, only to be pulled back by poor memory! DRAMeXchange, indicated a new record low for DDR 1Gb, in early September. Just last week, we have had the Taiwan government focusing on a bailout plan for the hard local-hit DRAM makers, while elsewhere, Qimonda and Hynix have been provided lifelines! Now, we hear that Elpida is in talks with Taiwan DRAM makers.

Further, EDA has had a constant struggle this year, while fab spends dipped, and promise to dip further in 2009!

Presenting a snapshot of what's 2009 going to be like, globally, and in India, in the semiconductor space!

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It's gonna be a bumpy ride ahead! Rock on!!

Outlook 2009: Global semicon to drop 7 percent or more!

At a industry webcast organized by Semiconductor International, US, each one of the experts predicted a gloomy outlook for 2009.

Semicon to decline by 2 percent in 2008

It is possible for the decline to worsen as more companies revise down their fourth quarter guidance, says iSuppli.



Outlook 2009: Negative sales growth for memory

However, the rate of sales decline will be much lower than that of 2008, says iSuppli.

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Good position likely for PLDs in 2009: Altera

Altera feels communications, military and industrial segments will be in better situation than others, and it will continue to focus in these segments.

Key focus areas/trends for EDA in 2009

These will likely be new design for manufacturing technologies, verification and verification IPs, and multicore processing support for EDA flows, says Jaswinder Ahuja of Cadence/ISA.

Missed the first part? Here it is: Semicon Outlook - I: What Analysts' Forecast!

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Outlook 2009: Top global/Indian semicon trends

Here are some thoughts on how semiconductor industry globally and the India could turn out to be, in 2009.

Key semicon/electronics trends for 2009: NXP

Presenting a snapshot what could likely happen in the Indian and global electronics and semiconductor spaces in the coming year.

Top global/India forecasts for 2009: Freescale

Freescale sees three key trends driving market growth over the next few years.

As always, we look forward to your feedback and comments.

Wishing all of our readers a very happy, successful and prosperous 2009!

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