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Recap and Outlook for Global and Taiwanese IC Design Industries in 2018

Recap and Outlook for Global and Taiwanese IC Design Industries in 2018

While IC demand was affected by a slowdown in smartphone market and a slight decline in the PC market, the worldwide IC design industry continued to grow in 2017 thanks to the trend towards high-performance computing driven by AI (Artificial Intelligence). In Taiwan, despite decreased demand for communication processors caused by changes in customers’ chip adoption strategies, IC design industry value remained at the same level as in 2016 due to the expansion of IoT (Internet of Things) applications. As demand for high-performance computing continues into 2018, the worldwide and Taiwanese IC design industries are expected to grow. This report reviews the performance of the worldwide and Taiwanese IC design industries in 2017 and examines their developments in 2018 and onwards.


  • DEVELOPMENT OF THE GLOBAL IC DESIGN INDUSTRY
    • Global Semiconductor Market Value
    • Worldwide IC Design Industry Value
      • IC Design Industry Value Grew Against the Tide in 2017
    • Regional IC Design Industries
      • Chinese IC Design Industry's Global Share is Increasing
    • Leading IC Design Houses
      • Development of New Applications is Correlated with Vendor Rankings
        • Table Top Ten IC Design Houses Worldwide, 2017
      • Constant Growth in China's IC Design Industry Value
        • Table China's Top 10 IC Design Houses in 2017
  • DEVELOPMENT OF THE TAIWANESE IC DESIGN INDUSTRY
    • Taiwanese IC Design Industry Shipment Value
    • Product Applications of Taiwanese IC Design Houses
      • Share of Network Communications ICs Keeps Increasing
      • Focus on Logic ICs for Communications Devices
    • Leading Taiwanese IC Design Houses
      • Table Taiwan's Top 10 IC Design Houses in 2017
    • Current and Future Development
      • Increased Demand for TDDI Chips from Smartphones
      • Controller IC Shipments Affected by NAND Flash Chip Supply
      • Taiwanese IC Design Industry to Grow Sequentially with Expansion of IoT Applications
  • OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR TAIWAN'S IC DESIGN INDUSTRY
    • China Shows High Ambition in Developing Homegrown Semiconductor Industry
      • Chinese Vendors Encounter Difficulty in Acquiring Semiconductor Technology as M&A Deals Crumble
        • Table M&A Deals in China between 2016 and 2017
      • Chinese Government Continues to Provide Financial Support for Domestic Semiconductor Industry
    • Introduction of AI to End Devices
    • RISC-V Facilitates Reduction in Embedded Chip Development Cost
  • CONCLUSION
    • Wide Product Variety to Avoid Price Competition
    • High Entry Barriers to AI Chips for End Devices
    • Fragmentation Risk of RISC-V
  • APPENDIX
    • Glossary of Terms
    • List of Companies

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