LONG BEACH, Calif. – The connector market is forecast to rebound from a 2.6 downturn in 2012 to a 4.2 percent uptick this year, according to a market research firm. Thanks to the broad use of connectors, the forecast is a good indicator of a modest but broad high tech recovery that parallels expected growth in semiconductors.
The forecast marks the first stable growth for the sector since the 2008 recession. “We are hoping we are now at the far end of the bath tub and will see a pretty good 2013,” said Bob Holt, director of product technology at market watcher Bishop & Associates Inc. (St. Charles, Ill.), speaking at the annual Embedded Technology Trends briefing here.
Hundreds of vendors make up the connector market, including many emerging manufacturers in China, but the top ten companies make up the brunt of sales, he said.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.