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PLD, DRAM, and Flash Memory Markets Forecast to Grow 30% or More in 1999

IC Insights' Mid-Year IC Industry Update Examines These Booming Markets.

Scottsdale, Arizona -- August 13, 1999 -- The total IC market in 1999 is forecast to increase 14 percent from 1998. However, IC Insights' Mid-Year IC Industry Update forecasts that the PLD, DRAM, and flash memory product segments will all grow at more than twice this rate! Figure 1 shows the four fastest growing IC markets for 1999.

The primary beneficiaries of these "hot growth" IC segments will of course be the current leaders in these markets. In the PLD segment, Altera and Xilinx will show very strong growth in 1999. Micron, Samsung, Hyundai/LG, NEC, and Infineon are forecast to reap the rewards of a recovering DRAM market. Intel, AMD, and STMicroelectronics will benefit from a flash memory market that is already encountering spot shortages! The booming system-on-a-chip market will boost the IC sales of market leaders Lucent, IBM, and LSI Logic.

Figure 1

Two of the four fastest growing 1999 IC markets in dollar volume--flash memory and standard cell device--are also expected to display some of the highest increases in unit volume shipments (Figure 2). Total 1999 worldwide IC unit volume shipments are forecast to show a nine percent increase. However, 1999 standard cell unit shipments are expected to increase 33 percent while flash memory unit volume shipments are forecast to surge an amazing 41 percent. With flash unit shipments expected to almost triple from 1996 through 1999, it is no wonder that capacity has tightened and average selling prices have increased in this product segment.

Figure 2

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IC Insights, Inc., based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is dedicated to providing high-quality, cost-effective market research for the integrated circuit industry. Founded in October 1997, IC Insights offers coverage of global economic trends, the IC market forecast, capital spending and fab capacity trends, product market details, and technology trends, as well as complete IC company profiles and evaluations of emerging markets for ICs.

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