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Taiwan semiconductor equipment industry overview
Gary Cheng, Taipei; Rodney Chan, DIGITIMES
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Worries about a global economic downturn have taken a toll on a number of industries, with the semiconductor industry being no exception. Players in the semiconductor industry have cut their annual capital expenditure (capex) this year to cope with the weak demand, and SEMI projects that following 6% market growth in 2007, the semiconductor equipment market will decline 20% in 2008 with sales reaching US$34.12 billion.
In 2018, global server shipments will grow 8.5% to reach 13.73 million units. Digitimes Research estimates server shipments worldwide will grow at a CAGR of 6.5% during the period 2017-2022, with growth mainly driven by large-scale data centers and the China market.
Digitimes Research estimates total shipments of smartphone APs worldwide will grow 1.5% on year to 1.67 billion units in 2018. The slowing growth in the smartphone market means global smartphone AP shipments will only grow at a mild pace in the next few years, reaching 1.77 billion units in 2021.