Nitin Dahad, EEtimes
6/8/2018 00:01 AM EDT
MUNICH — Count Wally Rhines, semiconductor industry veteran and long-time CEO of Mentor Graphics, among the many who believe that deep-learning hardware will drive the next wave of growth for the semiconductor industry.
Speaking at the GSA European Executive Forum here this week, Rhines added that memory will continue to be a key driver of the chip industry going forward. Despite the volatility of the semiconductor industry, R&D investment continues to be around 14% of revenue as it has been for the last 36 years, Rhines said, dismissing arguments put forth by some that there isn’t enough being ploughed back into R&D to maintain sustained growth.
On growth, we should be watching out for China, and a lot of growth will come from visual processing for AI applications, Rhines said.