Semiconductors - Global Thematic Research

Semiconductors - Global Thematic Research


The $350 billion global semiconductor industry is fast approaching what evolutionary biologists call “punctuated equilibrium”. After five decades of the metronomic tick of Moore's Law - which led to smaller, better, faster and cheaper chips every year - technological advance is slowing and fabrication costs are rising as transistor geometries approach atomic scale thereby yielding thermal problems and quantum weirdness.

This report looks at the changing direction of the semiconductor sector and, in particular, how China’s desire to become a global player may impact investors.


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  • GlobalData has developed a unique thematic methodology for valuing technology, media and telecom companies based on their relative strength in the big investment themes that are impacting their industry. Whilst most investment research is underpinned by backwards looking company valuation models, GlobalData’s thematic methodology identifies which companies are best placed to succeed in a future filled with multiple disruptive threats. To do this, GlobalData tracks the performance of the top 600 technology, media and telecom stocks against the 50 most important themes driving their earnings, generating 30,000 thematic scores. The algorithms in GlobalData’s “thematic engine” help to clearly identify the winners and losers within the TMT sector. Our 600 TMT stocks are categorised into 18 sectors. Each sector scorecard has a thematic screen, a risk screen and a valuation screen. Our thematic research ecosystem has a three-tiered reporting structure: single theme, multi-theme and sector scorecard. This report is a Single Theme report, offering in-depth research into a specific theme. It identifies winners and losers based on technology leadership, market position and other factors.
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  • Players
  • Trends
  • The chip industry has hit a technological brick wall
    • "Moore's Law" means "more shrinkage" means "more cost"
    • Meanwhile the technology giants need "more power" from their chips
  • Where is the chip industry heading?
    • The chip industry is no longer fit for purpose
    • The industry's customers rather than its producers are designing its new products
    • Many of these new chip products maybe custom-made for the Internet giants
    • The key players have resorted to M&A
    • But Chinese bids are likely to face continued resistance
  • Game changers
    • Apple
    • Amazon
    • NXP, ST Micro and Infineon
    • Intel and Qualcomm
  • Public Companies
  • Industry analysis
    • Integrated circuit designers
    • Integrated device manufacturers
    • Foundries
    • Markets by end device and application
    • Market share analysis
  • Thematic screen
    • Table 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 companieswithin a sector based on selected consensus valuation metrics.
  • Risk Screen
    • Table Risk screen ranks companies within a particular industry on the basis of overall investment risk.
  • Appendix: Our "Thematic" research methodology
    • Table Five-step approach for generating a sector scorecard

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