CES 2023: AMD, Nvidia, auto functions get the hype, however analysts say this one chip maker dominated

As CES 2023 attracts to a detailed, a lot of the eye inside the chip world was lauded on firms like superior Micro devices Inc. and Nvidia Corp. however a decrease profile chip maker seems larger positioned coming out of the convention.

Morgan Stanley analyst Joseph Moore said there’s nonetheless a quantity of warning about general chip demand particularly with softness in China, however autos look like one in all many sturdy themes of CES 2023, he said.

“The areas which have been weak stay considerably weaker – notably reminiscence, semi cap, and usually laptop computer and cloud builds – whereas the markets which have been sturdy (equivalent to automotive and industrial) stay sturdy however with lead occasions clearly starting to normalize, which seemingly factors to prolonged time period income pressures significantly in a weaker economic system,” Moore said.

“nonetheless, the prolonged time period themes stay optimistic, particularly for autos (which is more and more the predominant focus of CES),round themes equivalent to EVs, ADAS and autonomous.”

Such was the case when Nvidia Corp.
 said on Tuesday it was partnering with Hon Hai know-how Group
 , or Foxconn, best acknowledged for being the producer of Apple Inc.’s
iPhone, to make electrical autos that use Nvidia’s Drive Orin chips and sensors, and bringing its GeForce Now streaming online recreation service to autos made by Hyundai Motor Group
and Swedish EV maker Polestar.

“We typically suppose that Nvidia numbers are seemingly okay from right here, although there was some warning on promote by way of in China for gaming, and a clear consciousness that whereas the agency’s place inside cloud is good, that strain in cloud budgets leads to considerably decrease visibility,” Moore said. “however we’d say that typically we predict that they are previous the worst of the pressures of their enterprise, in distinction to pretty a little bit of the semiconductor group the place there are nonetheless seemingly numbers cuts forward.”

in the meantime, superior Micro devices Inc.
used the CES keynote to introduce the instinct MI300 chip as “world’s first information-coronary heart constructed-in CPU + GPU.” The  mixed central processing unit and graphics processing unit meant for AI inference, the months-prolonged course of the place information facilities spend tens of millions of dollars a yr on electricity to educate and develop synthetic intelligence. AMD Chief authorities and Chair Lisa Su said the MI300 can scale again the time it takes for an inference modeling course of from months to weeks.

however one chip maker that doesn’t get a quantity of consideration appeared to emerge from CES best positioned for the yr: ON Semiconductor Corp.
which focuses on electrical autos and superior driver assist methods as predominant development drivers, leveraging its legacy place in auto chips.

“Most notably, the agency’s push into [Silicon Carbide] stays on monitor, and count on to nonetheless exit the yr at a run-price the place virtually all of crystal driving the enterprise is internally sourced,” Moore said. “the agency stays assured that demand inside the EV space will far outpace current for a very very prolonged time and have thus shifted their focus over to execution on the manufacturing side.”

Citi evaluation analyst Christopher Danley lauded ON as being primarily the most bullish chip maker of CES 2023.

“ON stays on monitor to triple Silicon Carbide income YoY from roughly $300 million in 2022 to $1.zero billion in 2023,” Danley said. “the agency said it is provided out by way of 2023.”

however ON aside, Danley said all people at CES is “nervous” about “cracks” in information-coronary heart demand, “they usually ought to be.”

“There was a tone of nervousness on the information coronary heart outlook with many execs and buyers cautious and talking about ‘uncertainty’ in information coronary heart outlooks from each hyperscalers and enterprise clients,” Danley said. “We proceed to suppose about information coronary heart correction will happen given a massive quantity of datapoints and main indicators.”

again in early December, Danley said his checks “level out order prices from the information coronary heart finish market are fading with draw again from the enterprise finish market (roughly forty% of the information coronary heart finish market) and fb,” which is owned by guardian agency Meta Platforms Inc.
“We proceed to count on a correction inside the information coronary heart finish market in 1H23,” Danley said.

That said, Danley said his prime choose was and proceed to suppose a pair of correction there might even be inevitable. We stay cautious on semis till all finish markets and firms appropriate and our prime choose stays chip maker Analog devices Inc.

again to autos: Ambarella Inc.
on Thursday, Ambarella said it was partnering with Continental AG
to develop hardware and computer software for assisted driving using AI with the final phrase purpose of an autonomous driving system. the firms hope to have methods in manufacturing in 2026.

Moore said Ambarella’s tech “continues to impress,” and said the Continental partnership will current computer software income that’s shared however with the larger portion going to Continental.

At CES 2023, “the firms are displaying a full L2+ ADAS implementation for a ten-digicam system engaged on a single chip, which per AMBA was solely using eight% of the compute worth of the chip.”