Systems engineers have low confidence in the longterm prospects of foreign IC suppliers--especially Japanese vendors--believing such companies will be either out of business or acquired in the next few years.
That's the result of an informal EE Times poll conducted on the top 20 IC vendors
in the wake of stories about the health and future of companies such as AMD, NXP and Renesas.
Readers were asked to give a thumbs up or thumbs down to the question "Please let us know for each company whether you think they'll be a going concern in five years, or whether they'll be acquired or out of business.."Thumbs down
: In fact, the top five companies most likely, in readers' eyes, to be acquired or go out of business, are, in order Renesas (78%), AMD (75%), NXP (73%), Fujitsu (67%) and Sony (64%). Thumbs up
: The highest engineer confidence ratings are Samsung (97%), Intel and TSMC (95%), Qualcomm (92%), Broadcom (85%) and NVidia (81%).
Engineers have more mixed feelings about companies including STMicroelectronics, Toshiba and UMC. Top 20 IC companies by revenue, ranked by EE Times' readers on chances for near-term survival
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