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The year 2006 saw further consolidation in Taiwan’s optical disc drive (ODD) industry, as the biggest player, Lite-On IT, took over the ODD manufacturing business of its closest competitor, BenQ. It was also the second year in a row that the Taiwan ODD sector had seen shipments drop with 2006 being even worse than 2005 with a shipment decrease of almost 20% against a worldwide growth of 5%.
In 2018, global server shipments will grow 8.5% to reach 13.73 million units. Digitimes Research estimates server shipments worldwide will grow at a CAGR of 6.5% during the period 2017-2022, with growth mainly driven by large-scale data centers and the China market.
Digitimes Research estimates total shipments of smartphone APs worldwide will grow 1.5% on year to 1.67 billion units in 2018. The slowing growth in the smartphone market means global smartphone AP shipments will only grow at a mild pace in the next few years, reaching 1.77 billion units in 2021.