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McKinsey on Semiconductors

Number 3
Autumn 2013
In this issue, we cover critical topics such as the relevance of Moore's Law, energy efficiency, and creating value.

Tools & solutions

McKinsey Numetrics

Numetrics is an analytics solution for companies engaged in semiconductor (IC) and embedded software development. It helps companies optimize the product development cycle, determine the optimal resource allocation model and reduce project timelines. Numetrics analytics combine the most comprehensive industry databases (data from 2,000+ semiconductor projects & 1,400+ embedded SW projects) with empirical models to reduce development risks through fact-based planning and “what if” simulations.more

Latest thinking

Moore's law

Moore's law: Repeal or renewal?

Economic conditions could invalidate Moore's law after decades as the semiconductor industry's innovation touchstone. The impact on chip makers and others could be dramatic.

Bringing energy efficiency to the fab

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.


The US growth opportunity in trading knowledge-intensive products

August 2013—Susan Schwab, professor at the University of Maryland and an adviser to the law firm Mayer Brown, examines the role that trade in knowledge-intensive products such as airplanes and automobiles plays in economic growth and job creation and explores policy changes that can boost exports in these sectors.more

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Related practices

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