If you want to assess the health of the technology market, then there are several large semiconductor companies that will become prominent figures in the industry. Microchip's analog chips and microcontrollers serve a wide range of industries. Intel's processors are mainly concentrated in pCs and data centers. TSMC provides a variety of chips for designers who do not have their own fabs, with particular emphasis on mobile phone modems, high-performance computing chips and graphics chips.
By observing these three companies, investors can understand the overall sales of the chip. This has implications for various technology companies, from the chip manufacturer itself to the buyer's software and cloud company.
And even if the severe economic slowdown is on us, the aforementioned companies report recent sales booms. When other industries collapse, can the whole house economy really benefit the industry?
Last week, Intel CEO Bob Swan (Bob Swan) said in an interview with Bloomberg that Intel ’s demand for processors increased in the first quarter. Although the supply of coronavirus-related supplies was interrupted, the company still satisfied 90% of orders. chain. Intel still has a major market share of processors in global processors, including laptops, desktops, and data centers. The current demand for remote work and education has stimulated the demand for high-speed notebook computers, while also adding a burden to the capacity of the data center. The data center needs to add more and more processors to meet the demand.
Finally, Microchip just announced its first quarter sales performance, which brought a surprise to the prospect a month ago. The company now says that sales in March increased by 3% month-on-month, while the forecast earlier in the month was flat month-on-month growth. However, the most interesting number provided by Microchip is its backlog of orders for the June quarter, which is now 9% higher than the current backlog in the March quarter.