Archived Interviews


Artesyn Embedded Technologies
on Power

Dana Huth – President of Consumer Business & Global Sales, Artesyn Embedded Technologies

How is your company contributing to recent advances in low-power electronics and design?

Artesyn Embedded Technologies is a global leader in designing and manufacturing power conversion solutions for a wide range of industries including communications, computing, consumer, medical, military, aerospace and industrial automation.

on Communications

James J. Peterson – Chairman and CEO, Microsemi Corporation

How important is the communications market for your company?

Perfectly aligned with the needs of the communications market, Microsemi is a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance. With more than 35 percent of Microsemi‘s business revenue derived from solutions developed to match communications application requirements, this is an important end market for us that continues to grow. We offer one of the most comprehensive and differentiated product portfolios in the semiconductor industry. An excellent example is Microsemi’s industry-leading line of end-to-end precise time solutions—from Grandmaster Systems that employ GPS to distribute “precise time,” to the ground-breaking clock management integrated circuit technology, we deliver the most advanced and complete line timing solutions available. Our strategic commitment to the communications infrastructure market keeps us focused on continued technology innovation designed to meet this diverse market’s ever-increasing demands.

TE Connectivity
on Defense/Aerospace

Rob Shaddock – Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, TE Connectivity

How important is the defense/aerospace market for your company?

The Aerospace and Defense market has been a significant focus for TE Connectivity (TE) since the company was founded and represents an important part of the business in our Industrial Solutions segment. This market has many characteristics that appeal to TE: it needs high quality, rugged products to work in challenging Aerospace and Defense applications; there is a high degree of innovation and design in these products; the products tend to have long in-service lives; and our customers in this segment appreciate co-creation and co-innovation. The capabilities that we develop to service these demanding applications help us in many of our other global businesses and our Aerospace/Defense business has one of our largest advanced development groups that feeds new technology to many of our businesses.

on IoT

Steven Laub – President and CEO, Atmel Corporation

How is the IoT affecting the semiconductor industry?

IoT dwarfs all other opportunities for the semiconductor industry as virtually every device or system equipped with electronics of any kind will be connected to the Internet in some way. By 2020, the market is expected to soar to 50 billion devices. As the semiconductor industry has transitioned from PCs to mobile, IoT will now rise to become the predominant market. This transition will favor ultra-low power and integration of microcontrollers, wireless connectivity, security, touch technologies and sensor management products.

on IoT

Scott McGregor – President and Chief Executive Officer, Broadcom

How is the IoT affecting the semiconductor industry?

Analysts predict that we’ll likely have five wearable devices associated with an average smart phone, and an even larger number of our household devices connected to the Internet by 2020 and semiconductor companies are primed to benefit.  This is one of the largest drivers of innovation in the next decade as billions of devices connect to the Internet. We expect IoT-driven growth to last for decades and are focused on delivering the innovative technology required to enable a broad range of connected devices.

on IoT

Steve Sanghi – CEO, Microchip

How is the IoT affecting the semiconductor industry?

We have seen new functionality enter the semiconductor market for years. Whether it has been advanced motor control, such as the trend toward Brushless DC motors, or cutting-edge user interfaces, with advanced graphics and touch-control technologies, new functionality in this market is common. IoT connectivity is simply another advanced function that is entering the semiconductor market and will drive additional electronic content in the future.

on IoT

Richard Clemmer – President and CEO, NXP Corporation

How is the IoT affecting the semiconductor industry?

We see IoT becoming the next big growth driver for the semiconductor market, following the current one, which is Smart Mobile.

on IoT

Carlo Bozotti – President and CEO, STMicroelectronics

How is the IoT affecting the semiconductor industry?

At STMicroelectronics we see the IoT as something that supports the key industry trends that we follow – the humanization of technology, more embedded intelligence, greater data security and smarter use of power and energy. It represents a great opportunity for putting technology to better use to improve people’s lives and get more out of the planet’s resources. The IoT is also a great opportunity for the semiconductor industry since all of the “Things” need to be smart, connected, secure and powered –which requires embedded semiconductor devices.