The silicon industry is undergoing unprecedented consolidation. The economics of staying competitive in the space have led to some semiconductor companies being subsumed by larger competitors.
It is increasingly difficult for semiconductor companies to capitalize on the latest process nodes – the cost of creating a single mask set now approaches close to $10 million in some cases.
How does an innovative nimble start-up scale in this environment? Will we see the semiconductor industry turn into an oligarchy? As the enterprise software market is reinvented, the silicon business model will change.
This whitepaper explores how current trends such as the proliferation of IoT, rise of cloud-based services and increasingly ubiquitous wireless and wired network connectivity enable IoT chip vendors to re-architect their business model. Ultimately, adding revenue-generating capability on new and existing deployed chipsets.