LONDON Analog, mixed-signal and MEMS circuits, long the dowdy relations of the more glamorous digital IC sector, are going to do best as the electronics industry emerges from recession, according to a poll of EE Times Europe readers.
At the same time the worst sector is predicted to be memories, which has already suffered from price erosion and wafer-thin margins over the last couple of years.
Some 35 percent of the respondents said analog, mixed-signal and MEMS sector would do best. In joint second place came the digital domains, the intellectual property and cores and the FPGAs and processors sectors with 17 percent each of the respondents predicting each of these would lead the recovery. These sectors were just ahead of the 14 percent of the vote which saw the best prospects for optoelectronics for displays and lighting.
Some 12 percent of the vote favored RF, microwave and optical ICs and discrtes as leading the industry out of recession and 6 percent thought the memory sector is due a rebound.
The vote is a "straw poll" with a self-selecting audience. The next poll asks "Where should 'green' R&D effort be placed to obtain the best energy-saving return?" Readers can vote in the left-hand column of the EE Times Europe home page.