Some of the analog sales were driven also by the micro-inverter market which are supposed to see a slow down next year (2010 has been a banner year for this product segment!). But the adoption of solar products is yet to take off in larger scales in many developing countries, so the challenge is to find marketing & financing models that enable sales. When that market materializes, surely there will be demand for point-of-load micro inverters that use products from analog semi's like Linear, National, PowerOne, etc. I don't know if that is going to be 2011.
Maxim acquired Teridian and PhyWorks, both of which diversify its product lines. Teridian's products fall into the analog category and may shore up some of the softening in the demand for analog products.
Dr. MP Divakar
Certainly there is no end so soon for the electronics. We will see more interesting gadgets will be coming into the everyday life of humans. Ranging from the digital display watches which was released by Apple recently. There is lot of creative electronics engineers out there who are trying to invent many products everyday ...
The semiconductor industry is facing a 'huge slowdown in capex' in 2008, according to a report from SEMI, the trade body for the semiconductor production equipment manufacturing industry.