IC: Processors demand and China demand rises steadily

Shipments of smartphone-use application processors (AP) to China, including those for handset exports, will stay flat sequentially in 1Q21, according to Digitimes Research. Shipments compared to a year earlier will register a robust 57% increase. Tight capacity at 8” and 12” foundries is one of the factors driving brand smartphone companies to keenly build up inventories. About 211.6M smartphone…