It has been a long and splendid journey. I wish that my parents — Bina and Pramode Ranjan Chakraborty — were still alive! This is dedicated to both of you.
Special mention needs to be made of my wife, Shima Chakraborty, who has been my constant companion and source of strength, since my mother passed away.
What memories I have! Nani Narayanan of Motorola lent me his mobile phone so I could make my first call to my wife, Shima, in 1995, at a trade show. Of course, I was well into Apple, Telstra, Cisco, and some other global companies at the time.
Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB) was there, from Japan, to promote the use of PHS (personal handyphone system) in India in 1995. The Israel delegation was there in India, again in 1995, to sell security products. Anil Prakash and his PTC India chapter, visit to AT&T and Advantech with Pravin Rikhy.
I first heard of TSMC and other semiconductor majors in 1996, when I arrived in Hong Kong. I became friends with Intel, Texas Instruments, STMicroelectronics, and later, Mentor Graphics, Cadence and Synopsys. In Oct. 2006, at Global Sources, I selected the New Products Gallery at the China Sourcing Fair. My visit to Ericsson’s fab in Kista, Sweden, in 2000, Infineon’s fab in Dresden, Germany, 2002, Intel’s in 2008, Samsung in 2014! I happened to break the news of TD-SCDMA in 2000, and later, visited Siemens in 2002 to have a first look at the handset. Well, there are so many memories to share. I can go on! 🙂
I have to thank all of my classmates and members of my BHS cricket team, my guru, Keshtoda (Shankar Ghosh), Dabbu (Pushpendra), Raju (Rajkumar), Lippi (Rajiv) and recently, Kitty, Len, Raj, Geri, Geetanjali, Usha, Varsha, Sanjana, and so many others. At Global Sources, I have Claudius Chan, Daniel Tam, and so many others to thank.
A special thanks to Rob Gunayan and everyone at EEWeb!
Let’s turn our attention to semiconductors. The key question: how is the industry performing?
Now, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has put it as $26 billion for May 2016, an increase of 0.4 percent compared to previous month’s total of $25.9 billion, but a decrease of 7.7 percent compared to the May 2015 total of $28.1 billion.
If we look at SEMI’s North American semiconductor equipment industry figures,
the three-month average of worldwide bookings in June 2016 was $1.71 billion. The bookings figure is 2.1 percent lower than final May 2016 level of $1.75 billion, and 12.9 percent higher than June 2015 order level of $1.52 billion.
However, IC Insights has lowered its 2016 semiconductor market forecast to -1 percent. It says, ” Rarely can there be strong semiconductor market growth without at least “good” worldwide economic growth to support it. ”
Besides the impact of Brexit on the UK, and how it can impact the European semiconductor industry, the DRAM industry is said to register a 19 percent drop of $8.5 billion this year to $36.5 billion. The semiconductor market growth, excluding DRAM, is forecast to be +2 percent for 2016.
As the SIA puts it, “additional research is needed as we transition to an even more connected world, enabled by innovations like the IoT.”
According to the SIA, research is needed in areas such as energy-efficient sensing and computing, cyber-physical systems, intelligent storage, real-time communication ecosystem, multi-level and scalable security, next-generation manufacturing paradigms, insight computing, and an IoT test platform.
Why can’t today’s computers process data like the brain? Brain-inspired computing has been a focus area. How that will pan out would make interesting reading.
Dear friends, how have you all been? It feels really good to be back! It has been nearly tw0 years that I have been away. You may want to know what I have been doing so far?
Well, first, I was Head of Content at CIOL, and later, went off to Singapore for a stint at Control Engineering Asia. However, early this year, I experienced a massive heart attack, that put me off for some time!
Thanks to all of your best wishes, I am once again, back!
I will continue to write about my favorite topic – semiconductors and electronics. As well as topics around active/passive components, automation technologies, automotive, ICs, IoE/IoT, LEDs, MCUs, MPUs, photonics, PV/thin film solar, robotics, security, telecom, etc.
Hope you all like and enjoy. 🙂