Worldwide Enabling Technologies and Semiconductors 2017 Top 10 Predictions

Worldwide Enabling Technologies and Semiconductors 2017 Top 10 Predictions

This IDC study identifies IDC's top 10 predictions for the worldwide enabling technologies and semiconductor market for 2017. These predictions will be particularly relevant to clients in executive management, strategic management, and product management roles.According to Les Santiago, research director in IDC's Enabling Technologies research practice, "With a challenging 2017 in store for the semiconductor industry due to the maturation of its traditional drivers such as smartphones and PCs, semiconductor vendors need to be addressing the growth drivers presented by the new opportunities in the cloud, automobiles, and IoT sectors while rightsizing their current businesses to adapt to the new slower growth environment. The right partnerships and/or acquisitions and the ability to navigate to the new paradigm being promoted by the Chinese government's $50 million to $100 billion war chest will be critical to a semiconductor vendor's success in 2017.

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Situation Overview
Future Outlook
1. Semiconductor Growth Will Return in 2017 with Projected Growth Across All Markets Compared with Overall Contraction in 2016
2. The Automotive Semiconductor Market Will Continue to Outpace Growth in Other Markets as Advanced Driver Assistance and Infotainment Features Move Further into Midtier Production Car Models
3. Memory Shortage Will Continue Through Mid-2017, But Market Correction Is Expected by Year-End
4. NAND and Dedicated Foundry Industries Will Continue to Drive Capital Spending in 2017 and Foundry Will Ramp 10nm Production by 1H17, While NAND Will Continue to Invest in 3D Capacity and Ramp Over the Next Couple of Years
5. Intelligent Assistants Powered by Voice Interfaces Increase the Need for More Low-Power Processing and Will Drive Broader Adoption of CE Applications at the Edge
6. IT and OT Security Will See More Convergence as IoT Security and Standards, Especially in Industrial Settings, Take Further Hold During 2017
7. Cellular LPWAN Technologies Such as LTE-M and NB-IoT Will Be Rolled Out in 2017 and Will Almost Immediately Start Taking Mindshare and Momentum from Wireless LPWAN Technologies Such as LoRA and SigFox
8. 5G Will Continue to Be in the Developmental Stages in 2017 with Additional Real-Life Trials Planned in Controlled Environments and 5G Antenna and Front-End Design Will Be a Key Topic of Consideration in 2017
9. Competition in the Server-Class Microprocessor Market Will Increase in 2H17
10. SSDs Will Be in 50% of Portable PCs and Detachable Tablets (Combined) by the End of 2017, Marking the First Time SSDs Will Be the Majority of Mobile PCs
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