Sand to Silicon – How Semiconductors are Reimagining the Digital Future

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The semiconductor industry revolves around the design, manufacture, and distribution of chips used as inputs for many other industries such as industrials, healthcare, transportation, and consumer electronics. The industry expansion can be related to the rising global use of consumer electronics. Moreover, the growing adoption of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and machine learning (ML) are uncovering new business channels.

The semiconductors innovation radar report will help enterprises to understand which emerging technologies are impacting their sector and how various companies are implementing them to meet various challenges. This innovation landscape report on semiconductor technologies by GlobalData covers some of the real-world examples related to the implementation of various technologies to advance the manufacture of semiconductor chips.

Semiconductor Industry Value Chain

GlobalData splits the semiconductor value chain into five layers which include pre-competitive basic research, design, fabrication, assembly & testing, and end products. The semiconductor manufacturing industry is a niche owing to the economies of scale. It is noteworthy that the high entry barriers and capital intensity of this industry demand significant technological specialization across value chains.

Pre-competitive basic research: The key layers of pre-competitive basic research are fundamental materials, chemical processes, and others. For instance, the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and University of California (UC) Berkeley scientists have developed a fully recyclable and biodegradable printed circuit. This innovation could eliminate wearable technology and other flexible electronics from ending up in landfills, reducing the risks heavy metal waste brings to human health and the environment.

Design: The key layers of design are electronic design automation (EDA) software and intellectual property. For instance, German deep tech startup Celus has launched the Engineering Platform to seamlessly integrate into the existing current environment for electronics engineering and automate the entire design process. The platform automatically converts requirements and functionalities into fully working electronics solutions using AI and complex algorithms.

Semiconductor Industry Value Chain

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Semiconductor Industry Report Overview

Key Semiconductor Industry Value Chain Pre-Competitive Basic Research, Design, Fabrication, Assembly & Testing, and End Products
Key Pre-Competitive Basic Research Layers Fundamental Materials, Chemical Processes, and Others
Key Design Layers Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Software and Intellectual Property


  • Innovation Insights: innovation examples by each application segment of the semiconductor industry to present key trends.

Key Highlights

  • Innovations: presents real-world innovation use cases and examples related to the implementation of emerging technologies by players in the semiconductor business. It casts light on how tech-enabled innovations are disrupting the semiconductor industry value chain while opening up avenues for the manufacture of smaller and more powerful chips in the future.

Reasons to Buy

  • No surprise that technology has been a driving force in business transformation for years, but the term ‘emerging technologies’ has all of the sudden become the key catalyst to drive the next wave of innovation across sectors. The sense of urgency weighs differently across different sectors, where the direct customer-facing sectors are at the forefront compared to other capital-intensive sectors. Companies in one sector can take cues from successful innovations in other sectors to either draw analogies with existing products, services, and processes or transfer strategic approaches for a revolutionary transformation.
  • Against this backdrop, enterprises need to understand which emerging technologies are impacting their sector and how various companies are implementing them to meet various challenges.
  • The innovation landscape report on semiconductor technologies published by GlobalData covers some of the key trends and real-world examples related to the implementation of various technologies to advance the manufacture of semiconductor chips.

Berkeley Lab
GaNo Opto
GaNo Optoelectronics
NEO Semiconductor
Nippo Precision
North Carolina State University
Osaka University
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation
UC Berkeley
University of California Santa Barbara

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Semiconductor industry overview

2. Semiconductor industry value chain

3. Innovation focus of the semiconductor industry

4. Key innovations

4.1. Pre-competitive basic research

4.2. Design

4.3. Fabrication

4.4. End products

5. Methodology

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