Semiconductors In The Age of AI - Global Thematic Research

Semiconductors In The Age of AI - Global Thematic Research


After transitioning from mainframes to PCs to servers to Cloud-based data centers, computing is about to make another transition: Artificial intelligence (AI) is the next computing wave. As demand for chips from the PC and smartphone industry subsides, demand for high-end processors to power AI-based platforms such as voice interfaces, robots, augmented reality, driverless cars, smart homes and advanced cybersecurity systems are expected to rise.

This new semiconductor industry is led by Microsoft, Google, Apple and Huawei. They increasingly tell their merchant suppliers what chips to make or do it better themselves, building custom, algorithmic chips and creating their own AI supercomputers in the Cloud.

In this report, we looks at the changing direction of the semiconductor sector as it prepares itself for a world set to be dominated by artificial intelligence.


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  • Players
  • Trends
    • Trends in AI chips
    • Wider trends across the chip sector
  • How the chip industry could adapt in the era of AI
    • AI computing opens up a new growth market for chips
    • The two critical components of any successful AI engine
      • Component 1: AI chips
      • Component 2: Neural nets
    • Microsoft is the unexpected game changer
  • Industry analysis
    • Market size
    • Players
    • Chip markets
    • Which players are big in which markets?
    • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Semiconductor Sector Scorecard
    • Who's who in scorecard
      • Table Who does what in the semiconductor space?
    • Thematic screen
      • Table The thematic screen ranks companies on the basis of overall technology leadership in the ten technology cycles that matter most to their industry, generating a leading indicator of future earnings growth.
    • Valuation screen
      • Table Valuation screen ranks companies within a sector based on selected consensus valuation metrics
    • Risk Screen
      • Table The risk screen ranks companies within a particular industry on the basis of overall investment risk.
  • Companies section
  • Appendix: Our "Thematic" research methodology
    • Table Five-step approach for generating a sector scorecard

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