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Taking the next leap forward in semiconductor yield improvement

– By prioritizing improvements in end-to-end yield, semiconductor companies can better manage cost pressures and sustain higher profitability. The path forward involves a shift in mind-sets as well as deployment of advanced-analytics solutions.
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Graphene: The next S-curve for semiconductors?

– Slowing productivity improvements and rising costs for silicon have business leaders evaluating other materials.
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How industrial companies can respond to disruptive forces

– A survey of 300-plus executives from the automotive, aerospace, and diversified-industrial sectors generated insights that can... help traditional players reckon with change.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

How the semiconductor industry is taking charge of its transformation

– Three snapshots demonstrate areas of change and opportunity.
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Security in the Internet of Things

– Security issues may represent the greatest obstacle to growth of the Internet of Things. How can semiconductor companies help... resolve them?

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McKinsey on Semiconductors, Issue 6

It’s a time of change for the semiconductor industry. Will companies capture emerging opportunities and manage disruptions in traditional markets like automotive? Can they use advanced analytics or new approaches to manufacturing to remain competitive as margin pressures increase? The articles in this issue directly address these questions and more.

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Capital equipment: Will further shrink bring growth?

– The midterm outlook for the capital-equipment industry is positive, but companies need to prepare for the slowdown of Moore’s... law.
Interview

Ray Stata on the evolution of the semiconductor industry

– The cofounder of Analog Devices looks back on his long career and assesses the state of semiconductors today.
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Memory: Are challenges ahead?

– The memory segment has been profitable since 2012. Can this continue as new technologies emerge and the competitive landscape... evolves?
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Advanced driver-assistance systems: Challenges and opportunities ahead

– Semiconductor companies can help take ADAS applications to a new level—provided that they are ready to embrace change.
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Winning through M&A? Deal making in the semiconductor sector

– Semiconductor companies have much to gain through M&A if they can overcome their misconceptions and upgrade their execution... strategy.
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Creating mutually beneficial partnerships with distributors

– By taking a new approach to sales-channel strategy and execution, semiconductor manufacturers are unlocking significant value... from distribution.
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Ramping up at warp speed

– Fabs can reduce expansion costs and streamline ramps through a new approach that emphasizes data-driven decision making and better... communication.
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A new world under construction: China and semiconductors

– The ongoing transformation of the Chinese semiconductor sector requires all parties to raise their game.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Getting the most from R&D teams

– The size of these teams and the number of sites where they work have a big impact on semiconductor research productivity.
Interview

Making connections: An industry perspective on the Internet of Things

– The CEO of semiconductor company CSR, Joep van Beurden, discusses the progress—and growing pains—of the Internet of... Things market.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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