Global semiconductor capital spending fell 0.3% in 2016

Gartner (Gartner) said 2016 global semiconductor capital spending is expected to be reduced by 0.3% to 64.6 billion US dollars, slightly higher than the previous estimate of 0.7% decline.
Gartner said the market is expected to grow by 7.4% in 2017.
“We found the semiconductor industry in the last quarter of 2016 to grow, and in 2017 wafer manufacturers will be committed to the introduction of large capacity 10-nanometer products, memory manufacturers will focus on the 3D NAND flash memory,” said David Christensen, senior research analyst at Gartner.
A few years ago, smart phones, mobile devices, solid state drives and Internet of things will continue to lead the semiconductor market, especially the foundry, for the production of most of these devices wafer chip.
Although the rapid development of 4G LTE in the field of high-end smart phones led to the demand for advanced technology, while the Chinese smart phone using fingerprint sensors, touch-screen drive and AMOLEDs full use of the 200mm wafer
Foundry 0.18 micron wafer technology.
From the equipment point of view, 2016 DRAM situation in the first half worse, mid-year market bottomed out.
Tight supply and demand now lead to insufficient supply in the second half of this year.
At the beginning of 2017, the weak demand environment would result in overcapacity, but in 2017 and 2018 the industry will be in short supply.
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After nearly three years of oversupply, the third quarter of 2016 NAND out of stock significantly, 3D NAND production challenges still exist.
2017 is expected to see a balance between supply and demand.
The second half of this year, a large number of new capacity and 3D NAND technology mature, will promote the balance between supply and demand.
In 2016, wafer manufacturers ’10nm products and memory manufacturers’ 3D NAND-driven wafer-level manufacturing equipment grew by 6.4% in 2016, according to the company’s portfolio.

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