EE Times has an an interesting summary of chip industry forecasts for the second half of this year. Some forecasters have raised their chip predictions, while others have lowered their numbers amid lackluster growth in the PC and consumer sectors. Current IC growth forecasts among analysts range from 6% to 11% for 2006 over 2005. Future Horizons and Semico Research remain at the high end of the scale with bullish predictions of around 20% and 17% growth, respectively. As usual, there is plenty of uncertainty in the market. The problem is that the industry analysts rarely get their forecasts right and are always changing their predictions based on current market conditions. You can read the entire article here.