Rick Merritt, EETimes
4/6/2018 00:01 AM EDT
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — A wide swath of semiconductor design services companies are seeking their breakout moment. Samir Patel thinks that he has found one in the ability to customize standard products for an increasingly applications-centric chip market.
“There are 200–400 design service companies, and half of them are in Bangalore … [this sector] will get Uber-ized to provide more efficiency,” said the chief executive of Sankalp Semiconductor at an event here.
Just as Uber defined the new market of ride-sharing, design companies need to create new business models to deliver services faster and more cheaply. As the standalone, people-intensive part of the semiconductor industry, design services are “ripe to be Uber-ized,” said Patel in a talk at the D&R IP-SoC Days.
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