The next 'killer app'

Donovan, John
August 2005
Portable Design;Aug2005, Vol. 11 Issue 8, p4
The article discusses the technology innovations affecting the semiconductor industry. At Semicon West, a show devoted more to wafer processing than signal processing, a cell-phone executive predicted that "mobility is the next killer application for the semiconductor industry". Cell-phone manufacturers are fighting commoditization by adding cameras, streaming video, online gaming, and additional wireless connectivity. So much computing power is going into cell phones that Nokia vice president William Plummer proclaimed, "There used to be a computer industry, and there used to be a consumer electronics industry, but it's all the same thing now." The long-predicted convergence of the consumer, computer, and communications industries is heavily under way, and the chief beneficiary is portable consumer electronics devices.


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