Laser equipped smart fence beefing up the border

This is the 1st of my 5 parts posts on some of the trailblazers that are flicking gears in autonomous transportation. The term vision sensors usually evokes applications like autonomous cars, robots, drones, healthcare, Industrial IoT, security. But throw in a Smart Fence in the last category – now that gets intriguing! I have recently […]

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20 trailblazers transforming transportation

Autonomous driving has been garnering a lot of attention for quite some time. However the recent public trials, entry of more players with millions of miles getting logged in along with the attention and scrutiny being outlined by various policy makers – all this and more has thrust autonomous driving to the forefront of general […]

Transforming value of the smartphone

The smartphone’s value is undergoing a dramatic change – from a device facilitating various consumer functions like communicating, computing, internet access, e-wallet, camera, apps interface and such others such to a data mother lode – a source of millions of data points collected on it. Couple that with the fact that data is the fuel […]

Outcomes based pricing for silicon content – Silicon power by the hour (nee “outcome”)

The September 2016 HBR issue has an article, “ Putting products into services” by Mohanbir Sawhney. The author here addresses on how high end professional services firms can realize the same premium returns as product or platform firms. He elaborates on 3 phases: discovering opportunities, developing products and monetizing products Reading on the monetizing products […]

Will the car drive itself towards a commodity path?

The smartphone started as a coveted device. The systems folks put in exciting new hardware – a powerful APU, camera, display, MEMS and the works. The advent of apps as well as the providing of the reference designs for system vendors turned this (and especially the semiconductor content inside) towards a commodity path. The folks […]

Extending into adjacencies

The May 2016 issue of Harvard Business Review has an interesting article, “How to hedge your strategic bets” by George Stalk Jr and Ashish Iyer. The article focuses on 3 strategic options: Temporary organizations, exploratory acquisitions and Disposable factories. While I found the complete article informative, it was the exploratory acquisitions part that really caught […]

Embedded vision chips, IoT and the semiconductor industry

There is more to in the IoT bandwagon for the semiconductor industry than filling up traditional hardware sockets – this has been one of my pet thinking cap topic for quite some time now. On these lines, an interesting news article that caught my attention a few days back was on Movidius extending its partnership […]

Further on IoT opportunities for semiconductor industry

Continuing from an earlier post on the above topic…….. One of the “perks” of managing and chairing a session as well as moderating a panel discussion in it for SEMI, is that one gets to have a good marketing and PR coverage – company logo displayed on banners and show handouts, online marketing channels as […]

New opportunities for Singapore semiconductor ecosystem – Riding the Make in India mantra

It had been a while since I visited India for biz and my recent trip to Bangalore for the Indian Electronics Semiconductor Association (IESA) Vision Summit 2015 early this month was an eye opener on the vast potential the country holds as an economic power. All of us are aware of the euphoria building up […]

New Power – And the Semiconductor context

In the article, “Understanding New Power” in HBR Dec 2014 issue, the authors Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms talk about the shifting of power in the world. While the old power is held by few (and jealously guarded once gained), is closed, inaccessible and leader driven, the new power is made by many, open, participatory […]