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2018 review and 2019 outlook: Taiwan IC designers bracing for multiple headwinds
Cage Chao, Taipei; Steve Shen, DIGITIMES
Most Taiwan-based IC design firms fared better than expected in 2018 despite tight wafer capacity, but they face multiple headwinds from trade war, subdued handset momentum, slower economic growth and reduced capital expenses from major IT companies...
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