Semiconductors

McKinsey on Semiconductors

Number 4
Autumn 2014
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In this issue, we expand our analysis of an industry in transition. We size up the opportunity for the ‘Internet of Things,’ explore new sources of innovation and growth, and offer ways to optimize output.

Articles in this issue

The Internet of Things: Sizing up the opportunity
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The Internet of Things: Sizing up the opportunity

This connectivity trend is now recognized as a source of growth for semiconductor players and their customers. Here we consider the opportunities and constraints for components manufacturers.

Making connections: Joep van Beurden on semiconductors and the Internet of Things
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Making connections: Joep van Beurden on semiconductors and the Internet of Things

The CEO of CSR discusses the progress and growing pains of the Internet of Things market.

Semiconductors in China: Brave new world or same old story?
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Semiconductors in China: Brave new world or same old story?

Will China become home to a world-class semiconductor industry, or will Chinese semiconductor companies continue to pursue global players?

Trend spotting: Qualcomm executives consider the next wave of growth in semiconductors
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Trend spotting: Qualcomm executives consider the next wave of growth in semiconductors

Steven Mollenkopf and Murthy Renduchintala offer their take on the technology, talent, and business strategies required to keep pace in an industry that continues to evolve.

Executive perspective: Vincent Roche, CEO of Analog Devices, on the next wave in semiconductors
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Executive perspective: Vincent Roche, CEO of Analog Devices, on the next wave in semiconductors

The CEO of a multinational technology firm discusses the state of innovation in the semiconductor industry.

How big data and connected consumer products could boost the market for MEMS technology
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How big data and connected consumer products could boost the market for MEMS technology

MEMS technology continues to thrive in familiar markets, but with the advent of the Internet of Things, a significant new opportunity is emerging for industry players.

How semiconductor companies can get better at managing software development
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How semiconductor companies can get better at managing software development

They may want to consider adopting one of four basic organizational structures.

Standing up to the semiconductor verification challenge
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Standing up to the semiconductor verification challenge

Companies should seek faster, more cost-effective ways to test the quality of complex system-on-a-chip devices.

By the numbers: R&D productivity in the semiconductor industry
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By the numbers: R&D productivity in the semiconductor industry

Four insights on the people, places, and processes that could help companies optimize output.

Advanced-packaging technologies: The implications for first movers and fast followers
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Advanced-packaging technologies: The implications for first movers and fast followers

Adoption of 3-D technologies appears inevitable, creating both opportunities and risks.

Fab transformation: Four markers of excellence in wafer production
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Fab transformation: Four markers of excellence in wafer production

To succeed with their lean initiatives, managers should focus on improving plant uptime, equipment utilization, process variability, and product quality.

Fab diagnostics: A data-driven approach to reining in the cost of indirect materials
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Fab diagnostics: A data-driven approach to reining in the cost of indirect materials

Companies that use a set of core analytics to assess consumption patterns can gain better control of production expenses.

Beyond the core: Identifying new segments for growth through value-chain partners
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Beyond the core: Identifying new segments for growth through value-chain partners

A systematic process for assessing supplier and customer capabilities and relationships can help semiconductor companies identify adjacent markets and promising opportunities.

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