Readers feel Japanese IC vendors are the least likely to survive the coming years.
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.
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:
A 5G interoperability test system developed by Qualcomm, ZTE and China Mobile, combined with the pending development of the first 3GPP 5G-NR standard, are good indicators of the pending frenzy over 5G; it’s a good time to take a Boot Camp course on 5G.