The pace of technology and demands on the semiconductor industry make forecasting ever more challenging. However, trends in communications, data processing, automotive, security and other markets provide the industry enough insight to understand that significant changes-and need for corresponding preparations - are certain.
The evolution of the markets will require new approaches to IC design, software integration, manufacturing practices, business models and differentiation among the needs of the global regions.
To compete in this decade, we've got to consider:
- What are the implications of migration to 300mm manufacturing?
- Will the foundries radically change the semiconductor manufacturing landscape?
- What regions will emerge as the hot spots for this decade?
- What factors are most likely to push us against the "Red Brick Wall" for technological advance?
- What are the drivers for higher utilization of the available bandwidth?
- How should we respond to these challenges?
The pace of our industry suggests that this may be the most difficult decade to predict. It should be a very interesting ride.