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The semiconductor boom of 2021 will continue through 2022. The ongoing pandemic has highlighted the world’s reliance on semiconductor
technology for just about everything, from medical research to on-line
ordering to working from home. At the same time, a shortage of
semiconductor for automobiles has exposed supply chain weaknesses.
The Semiconductor Industry Association reports that the
semiconductor industry has worked diligently to increase production to
address high demand, shipping more semiconductors on a monthly
basis than ever before by the middle of 2021, but most industry
analysts expect the shortage to linger into 2022.
SEMI, in its World Fab Forecast report, said global semiconductor
equipment investments for front end fabs in 2022 are expected to
reach nearly US$100 billion to meet soaring demand for electronics
after topping a projected $90 billion in 2021, both new records.
Due to a heightened level of conflict with China, and a growing unease
of China’s stance on Taiwan where the world’s most advanced chips
are produced, expect an intense push in 2022 in the U.S. and elsewhere
to enhance onshore, near-shore and “allied-shore” critical
manufacturing. The entire supply chain will need to adapt.
Meanwhile, semiconductor technology continues to evolve. Chips with
3nm dimensions have been demonstrated and rapid advances in
displays, MEMS, packaging, flexible electronics, artificial
intelligence/machine learning and quantum computing continue apace.
It’s a time of unprecedented change, and we at Semiconductor Digest
seeks to provide clarity on business and technical issues through a mix
of news, contributed articles and staff-written articles, newsletters, online webinars and live show coverage. We thank you for joining us.
— Pete Singer, Editor-in-Chief