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Founded in 1998 as Analog Circuit Technologies, innoComm now employs 45 wireless technologists working on short-range networking applications, such as Bluetooth and HomeRF as well as local area networks based on the IEEE 802.11 standards. The company recently announced a single-chip Bluetooth radio transceiver that's produced in standard digital CMOS process technology, said National.

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Founded in 1998 as Analog Circuit Technologies, innoComm now employs 45 wireless technologists working on short-range networking applications, such as Bluetooth and HomeRF as well as local area networks based on the IEEE 802.11 standards. The company recently announced a single-chip Bluetooth radio transceiver that's produced in standard digital CMOS process technology, said National.

From 1999 to 2012, the total semiconductor sales increased at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5 percent, according to IC Insights. IDM sales over this period showed a CAGR of 3 percent, while fabless companies turned in a 16 percent CAGR, according to the firm.

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But according to Bill McClean, president of IC Insights, the data shows quite clearly that the fabless-foundry model is not broken and is not collapsing.” While McClean acknowledges that is a decade or so the situation could be different, for the foreseeable future—always a tough thing to define in the semiconductor world—fabless companies, and the foundries who build their chips, are in the driver's seat.

What McClean does see, however, is consolidation. Part of the reason for the more attractive growth rate among fabless companies is that there are fewer new ones, and the large successful fabless companies are getting larger and more successful, he said. The number of fabless companies has decreased dramatically since 2000, McClean said. There aren't a lot of new fabless companies being started, even though China has kind of set their sights on the fabless industry since they never got their IC manufacturing off the ground,” McClean said.

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Consolidation, of course, isn't exclusive to fabless chip companies. IDMs have had their share of consolidation, too. And though a steady stream of chip startups—nearly all of them fabless—continues to feed the semiconductor industry, the net of consolidation has left a landscape with fewer players. The most successful of those still standing are getting bigger and more powerful. In general, even among the IDMs, the big are getting bigger, becoming more top heavy,” McClean said.

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IC Insights forecasts that by 2017, fabless chip companies will command at least one third of the total chip market—especially if more large companies go fabless, which could well happen.

IC Insights' report on the fabless chip companies is part of the 2013 edition of its flagship report, the McClean Report. It can be obtained online through the firm’s website.

It is precisely because of the need for interoperability with so many software standards that collaboration is becoming more critical than ever in our inter-connected world.  This is true at CES, it is true in EDA software tools, and it is true for EDA customers.  EDA customers use design flows to create the silicon that must power this consumer-driven, communication and content-centric software platform environment.  Standards are everywhere these days, and strategic investment in the right ones at the right time increasingly determines success or failure.

One relevant example is the need to define standards for low power design where embedded software dominates the functionality, as with the newest products being highlighted at CES.  Industry leaders will need to collaborate to get these standards defined and adopted, and apply many cycles of learning as this new battlefield takes shape.  Some are already working on these standards, but it takes years to refine and get it right… are we already late?

Steve Schulz

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