The semiconductor industry will look and behave differently this year, and not just because of the pandemic.
The new year will be one of significant transition and innovation for the chip industry, but there are so many new applications and market segments that broad generalizations are becoming less meaningful. Unlike in years past, where sales of computers or smart phones were a good indication of how the chip industry would fare, end markets have both multiplied and splintered, greatly increasing the number of technologies developed specifically for those markets.
The IP world has been used to customizing blocks for large customers for some time. Now demand for customization is spreading. There will still be a handful of billion-unit designs, but the majority of chips being designed and sold in 2021 and beyond will be in lots of thousands or millions….
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