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McKinsey on Semiconductors

Number 3
Autumn 2013
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The articles in this publication reflect an industry in transition—one that continues to evolve in response to challenges faced in technology, business models, and operations.

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Moore’s law: Repeal or renewal?

December 2013—Economic conditions could invalidate Moore’s law after decades as the semiconductor industry’s innovation touchstone. The impact on chipmakers and others could be dramatic.more

Value creation remains a challenge
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Value creation remains a challenge

New research offers insights into what creates value–and what doesn't–in the semiconductor business.

The potential shake-up in semiconductor manufacturing business models
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The potential shake-up in semiconductor manufacturing business models

The mobile revolution gave a lift to global semiconductor sales, partially enabled by the fabless-foundry model, which allowed designers and manufacturers to bring powerful and innovative mobile chips to market rapidly. But the model is facing new pressures.

What happens when chip-design complexity outpaces development productivity?
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What happens when chip-design complexity outpaces development productivity?

Among the forces reshaping the semiconductor industry, few are more important than R&D productivity's inability to keep pace with the challenges of product development. However, there are steps companies can take to close the gap.

Winning share in automotive semiconductors
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Winning share in automotive semiconductors

From self-parking cars to anticipatory braking, semiconductors have been important to automotive innovations in the past decade. And automotive-semiconductor revenues expanded quicker than those of both the automotive and broader semiconductor industries–but will this continue? Where will innovation come from?

When software meets hardware
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When software meets hardware: Excellence in embedded-software development

Embedded software has become essential to the success of most types of new semiconductors. Yet some semiconductor companies still resist the idea that they are selling not just hardware but also, increasingly, software. A blueprint can help in better integrating them in your organization.

The hunt for revenue
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The hunt for revenue: A case for further granularity

Uncovering additional market opportunities can be a critical driver of growth in today's semiconductor markets. But how should executives and managers broach the exercise? Three approaches can help ensure that markets are assessed at the appropriate level of granularity.

Bringing energy efficiency to the fab
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Bringing energy efficiency to the fab

Large semiconductor fabs use as much as 100 megawatt-hours of power each hour, which is more than many automotive plants or oil refineries do. In some markets, electricity can account for up to 30 percent of fab operating costs, so there is significant opportunity in rethinking power usage and management.

Exploring SynBio's potential for semiconductor players
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Exploring SynBio's potential for semiconductor players

Synthetic biology has the potential to disrupt trillion-dollar industries, and semiconductor players could help make it happen.

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