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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 —
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.

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

Figure 2

About IC Insights

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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