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Report Contents and Summaries

The McClean Report offers a broad look at the semiconductor industry. Through the year, more than 400 pages of research, including over 300 graphs and illustrations, clearly describe various market dynamics.

Besides covering worldwide semiconductor market conditions and economic issues, The McClean Report devotes extensive analysis to each of the major IC product segments, to capital spending trends and fab capacity, as well as technology developments.

Links to summaries of topics covered in the report are provided below.

Global Semiconductor Industry Outlook and Cycles

Electronic Industry Interdependence. Examines the relationship between the electronic systems market and the IC market, as well as how the IC market depends on the health of two smaller but important segments—the semiconductor equipment market and the semiconductor materials market.

Global Economics. The world and regional GDP environments are discussed and compared to the semiconductor market environment. In addition, regional electronic systems production statistics are provided and the effects of currency exchange rates on the electronic systems and semiconductor markets are covered.

Global Semiconductor Market Review and Forecast. An extensive historical review and five-year forecast through 2026 of the worldwide semiconductor market is provided. The forecasts are presented in terms of dollars, unit shipments, and average selling price, as well as by region and electronic system type. Forecast assumptions are also presented.

Leading IC Suppliers and Foundries

Who and where are the world’s leading suppliers of ICs? The top IC and O-S-D suppliers, top semiconductor suppliers, and top fabless IC suppliers are shown for 2020 and 2021.

In addition, a significant amount of coverage is included on IC foundries and the increasingly important role they play in the IC industry.

Capital Spending Trends

Capital spending and fab capacity levels are an important indicator of health in the semiconductor industry. As in many business situations, overspending leads to overcapacity, which leads to an imbalance in supply and demand. Therefore, it is useful to track spending (or production) and capacity trends in the industry.

Worldwide Capital Spending. In addition to a review and forecast of worldwide spending, rankings of the world’s biggest spenders are provided. Spending levels within each of the world’s geographic regions are compared to show which areas are most aggressive in advancing production capabilities and adding capacity. Spending by IC product type is also covered.

Capital Spending Cycles. While the pronounced cycles of the semiconductor market are well documented, capital spending trends are even more volatile. Also shown is how closely changes in capital spending and IC average selling price have tracked over the past two decades.

Market Summary by Device Type

Includes a detailed review and forecast (2019-2026) of each IC product category (e.g., data conversion ICs, MPUs, DRAMs, etc.). Dollar volumes, unit shipments, average selling prices, and the average annual growth rates for each category are listed.

Memory Market Overview

Provides a brief summary of the MOS memory IC market and the various volatile and non-volatile memory products that make up the category. Trace the MOS memory market’s best and worst times over the past few years and note any cyclical patterns through 2026.

Flash Memory

Non-volatile memory retains its stored information even after system power is removed. ROM and EPROM devices were once the backbone of the non-volatile memory market, but now take a back seat to more versatile flash memory devices. The McClean Report examines trends, reviews market, unit shipment, and average selling price data, and highlights technical advances.


The DRAM market continues to be one of the most closely watched of all IC categories. Whether in discrete package form or embedded with other technology, these devices are a critical component in PCs and are found in a number of wireless and portable applications. The McClean Report examines the historical and forecasted markets, unit shipments, and the all-important average selling prices for DRAM. DRAM price-per-bit information and DRAM architectures are reviewed.

Microcomponent Market Overview

The McClean Report features a high-level review of microprocessors, microcontrollers, and digital signal processors, all which fall under the banner of the microcomponent market. See how each of these segments contributes to the total microcomponent market.



Microcontrollers are among the most ubiquitous of all integrated circuits. From 4- bit to 32-bit devices, microcontrollers are used to control and monitor both simple and extremely complex functions in the home, automobile, and office. The McClean Report reviews market, unit shipment, and pricing data and provides a review of the different segments of the MCU market.


From humble beginnings in 1971, microprocessors have emerged to be among the most closely followed of all IC products. Nearly everyone recognizes Intel’s dominance in the microprocessor business, but what about processors for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet PCs? What does Intel’s processor roadmap hold in store? Can Intel achieve processor dominance in the market for portable handheld devices or will ARM-based processors continue to gain market momentum? Learn IC Insights’ take on the MPU market and review our forecast of market size, unit shipments, and average selling price.

Analog Market Overview

Analog signals can be thought of as those that represent elements and conditions experienced in the “real” world. These include factors such as light, sound, temperature, and pressure. Analog signals are a continuous representation of phenomena in terms of points along a scale. Hype and hoopla surrounding advances in the world of digital ICs often overshadows developments in the analog IC business, but the analog market continues to play a steady role in the IC industry. Important market, unit shipment, and pricing data for the overall analog market and for individual segments within this market (e.g., amplifiers, interface, comparators, etc.) are provided.