Alternate Technologies Impact the Timing Device Market in CY2011

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CS &A Reveals Details in its Newest Semiconductor Timing Market Report & Analysis Series

Consulting Services & Associates LLC (CS &A LLC) has released its latest market report and analysis series focused on the full spectrum of the semiconductor timing markets covering the results of 2011 and forecasting through 2014.

The latest series of reports include; Xtals and Oscillators, including quartz, SiMEMS, and All-Silicon Oscillator (ASO) based solutions; Semiconductor Clock and Timing, covering devices utilizing an external resonator, die sales to frequency suppliers, and RF timing solutions; Combined Semiconductor Timing, which is a combination of the Xtal and Oscillator and Semiconductor Clock and Timing reports; and a continuation of the Semiconductor Timing Opportunities in Communications Infrastructure and Backhaul. CS &A offers a single user and enterprise licenses that include updates during the year plus report related consulting. New to the report offerings are detailed databases that contain all of the forecast and market share data, and these databases can be purchased separately. Additionally, CS &A has added new services for timing device characterization in its own labs starting this April.

“These unique market reports are the most comprehensive and detailed for this key semiconductor segment,” said Mark Sherwood, CS &A CEO and Principal Associate. “We can now say that CS &A has been elevated to the number one position and has become the 'Go-To' source for timing devices.”

In 2011 the combined timing device segments represented more than $8 billion in WW Timing Specific revenue. While consumer volumes continue to be a main driver, the communications segment is providing significant growth, with more infrastructure and backhaul deployments required in support of the vast growth of network traffic driven by increased volume and diversity for “connected” gadgetry on the internet.

The reports show that new technologies made truly measurable penetration into this segment in 2011 and are viable alternatives to incumbent solutions. SiMEMS suppliers Discera and SiTime each had revenues of $10 million or more in 2011, with SiTime achieving a top ten ranking for XOs/MOs (MEMS Oscillators). CS &A sees ASOs (All Silicon Oscillator) as the next alternate technology to impact quartz based solutions, both for MHz and kHz based products.

In March of 2011 the disasters struck Japan and the top tier suppliers there were significantly impacted. Epson Toycom, NDK, TEW, and River were directly affected, while others in the south, like KDS, Kyocera, and Murata, were indirectly affected since the raw material supply chain was broken. This provided opportunity for the SiMEMS based oscillator suppliers like SiTime and Discera, in addition to Taiwanese suppliers such as TXC who moved into the #4 position in Crystal & Oscillator $$Revenues (in US Dollars).

2011 also proved to be a year of continued consolidation with several companies involved in mergers and acquisitions including CTS/Valpey-Fisher, ADI/Multigig, Micrel/PhaseLink, Zarlink/Microsemi, and Maxim (portion of its timing products)/Microsemi.

The reports provide a detailed and unique look at the full spectrum of the semiconductor timing market providing TAM, detailed consumption, and forecasts for all major product categories, plus supplier market shares. This year CS &A added breakouts for oscillators by frequency stability, in addition to continuing its unique breakouts for oscillators by frequency and Input/Output (I/O) type. These breakouts are a first of its kind and not available anywhere else today.

About Consulting Services & Associates
Consulting Services & Associates LLC (CS&A) founded in 2002, is headquartered in the heart of the Silicon Valley, centrally located in Cupertino, California. CS&A LLC is today, the recognized leader in semiconductor timing reporting and analysis, and provides unique and innovative reports and consulting resources specializing in: Technical Issue Resolution - Market Research and Analysis - Product Definition - Project Management - Marketing Support Services – Due Diligence Services, & Strategic Research and Planning. If you are interested in learning more about CS &A offerings, please email us at info(at)timing-is-everything(dot)net. Reports can be purchased online at

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Mark Sherwood
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