Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
The 2013 Rocky Horror Semi Show
2013 may see some semiconductor horror stories. Especially if demand doesn’t improve.
“There are a lot of potential casualties out there praying for a recovery to get them out of trouble,” Malcolm Penn, CEO of Future Horizons, told IFS2013 in London earlier this week.
“Some firms & CEOs/CTOs are getting it horribly wrong,” added Penn, “semis may be struggling, but bio & nanotech are back on track. Software is even further ahead – well into a mini-boom with the move to agile development methodologies killing off Indian ‘Software Factories’.”
“Given that all these industries require significant feed from semiconductors, what’s needed are, said Penn:
. Sensors, Sensors & More Sensors
. Lab-On-A-Chip Analysis
. Intelligent Power Control (Beyond just mobile phones)
. Optical Lasers & UV Cameras
. 5-10GHz Ultra Fast Intel Compatible Core Processors (NOT multicore)
. Seemingly Endless Possibilities For MEMS
Penn urged CEOs and CTOs to look at European consortia projects like MEDEA & CATRENE, and investigate possibilities in 3D printing, robotics, energy, medical & automotive.Tags: european consortia, horror stories, intelligent power, medea, sensors