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Digitimes Research: Taiwan IC design industry output value to grow 13% in 2015
Nobunaga Chai, DIGITIMES, Taipei

The production value of Taiwan's IC design industry will rise 13.1% in 2015, thanks mainly to continued-strong demand coming from the smartphone sector, according to Digitimes Research.

The output from MediaTek, Taiwan's largest IC design house, will remain a key contributor for the island's overall IC design industry output value in 2015, Digitimes Research suggested. MediaTek specializes in SoC designs for smartphones and tablets.

Meanwhile, LCD driver IC specialists such as Novatek Microelectronics and Himax Technologies will enjoy brisk shipments buoyed mainly by growing demand for Ultra HD TVs, Digitimes Research indicated. As for small-size panel applications, the companies will also benefit from rising product ASPs as more smartphones feature higher resolution displays, Digitimes Research said.

In addition, companies in the analog IC and niche memory sectors are expected to perform well in 2015 making a positive contribution to the overall industry's production value, Digitimes Research noted. The production value of Taiwan's IC design industry is forecast to reach NT$612.01 billion (US$19.5 billion) in 2015.

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