NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 11/08/12 -- Despite the rapidly growing demand for high tech gadgets such as smartphones and tablets the semiconductor industry has experienced a less-than-average growth for 2012. A recent report from research firm Strategy Analytics has shown that the number of smartphones in use globally topped the 1 billion mark for the first time ever in the third quarter. The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities in the Semiconductor Industry and provides equity research on ARM Holdings plc (NASDAQ: ARMH) and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC).
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The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) has forecasted the worldwide semiconductor market to see a growth of just 0.4 percent in 2012, before experiencing a growth of 7.2 percent in 2013. The Semiconductor Industry Association recently announced that global semiconductor sales were flat in August with a growth of just 0.1 percent. Year-to-date sales in August were down 4.6 percent when compared to the same period in 2011.
"Global semiconductor sales have held steady in recent months despite strong macroeconomic headwinds, but these challenges have hampered growth," said Brian Toohey, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association.
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Bloomberg has recently reported that Apple is considering switching the Intel processors currently being used in their Mac personal computers, with a similar version of the one being used in their iPhone and iPad. Shares of ARM received a boost as Apple has previously created chip designs for their iPhone and iPads based on ARM technology.
"ARM chips are able to compete in Intel's home markets," said Paul Morland, an analyst at Peel Hunt in London. "The bigger factor is this announcement about the MIPS patents. It's a defensive move by ARM, but it makes sense because it protects itself from litigation on the 580 patents."
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