There were several notable 2020 breakthrough technologies in the semiconductor electronics space. Perhaps on the top of that list of trends was the growth in electronics resulting from the work-from-home (WFH) mandates to combat the spread of COVID-19.
One of the key trends in 2020 was the increasing growth of demand for servers to meet WFH requirements such as video conferencing, team meetings, virtual conferences, software tools for chip-package-board-system design and manufacturing, and other cloud-based applications, notes Wally Rhines, President, and CEO at Cornami, CEO emeritus of Mentor – a Siemens company. The WFH movement truly drove new approaches to the data center.
Rhines justified his observations in part by noting the types of mergers and acquisitions that took place in 2020, including:
-- nVidia and ARM joining forces as an alternative to Intel-dominated server environment
-- AMD acquiring Xilinx to match Intel/Altera data center environment
-- Marvell acquiring Inphi for datacom/networking capabilities