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Semiconductor Industry: Outlook, New Development and Opportunities

Mitch Little
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Mitch Little
In India, the market forces will reflect the rest of the world. With the growing globalization of the product-development community, India will continue to provide a huge base of innovation and talent, adding to the international structure of the electronics community. They will contribute most to the global base, then they will add to their local infrastructure, connectivity and transportation product developments. India will focus a bit more on industrialization than many other places around the world.

That said, the Indian semiconductor industry has grown into a prominent player in the past couple of decades, and has been a vital contributor to the nation’s economy. According to a joint report that was recently issued by the Indian Semiconductor Association and Frost & Sullivan, the Indian semiconductor industry, following the global trend, is set for tremendous growth, with sales expected to hit $8 Billion by the end of 2011.

India has great potential as a semiconductor market, due to huge domestic demand for electronics equipment. While the urban demand for electronic gadgets is a huge opportunity in itself, there is also an untapped and vast opportunity for locally made products for the non-urban market, especially in verticals such as telecom and wireless applications. The growth of the mobile handset, consumer electronics and telecommunications industries has contributed to the growing revenues of the electronics industry, and this, in turn, has helped the growth of the Indian semiconductor industry.

This year will look very much like this past year. This will be the year of the Human Interface, in terms of how we interact with a variety of new end products. Low power will be the cornerstone of almost every semiconductor product launched this year, and we will continue to see a focus on display technologies that give us bigger, brighter and better display products in everything we interface with, from phones to tablets to televisions.
The iPhone and iPad are examples of this. With fewer dollars being spent on consumer products, a high-quality user experience will be expected and demanded. Also, portable electronics are increasing in sophistication. The computational horsepower is increasing. This puts a great demand on the power system. Typically, these systems are battery powered. In order to provide a sufficient application lifetime, the microcontroller's (MCU's) power consumption must be reduced.

In terms of technology, the market will continue to demand products with higher functionality and smaller form factors. Lower power consumption yielding longer battery life, as well as more intuitive display technologies, are other essential requirements on semiconductor products.

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