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Bill Ray
Sr Director Analyst, Semiconductors & Electronics I
3 years at Gartner
32 years IT Industry

Bill Ray provides written research and inquiry support covering wireless connectivity, primarily for Product Managers and Tech CEOs. His researches focus on evolving standards for IoT connectivity and 5G services, and the semiconductors needed to support them.Read Full Bio

Is TSMC pitching to be America’s “Trusted Semiconductor Foundry”?

by Bill Ray  |  June 25, 2019

The US government keeps a very short list of foundries it trusts to make semiconductors for high-security applications. For years the leading entry was IBM, and then Global Foundries, but GF is stepping back from cutting-edge processes leaving the door ajar, and TSMC has come knocking. The list is maintained by the Defense Microelectronics Activity […]

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Radio is getting bigger, but chips are becoming harder to count

by Bill Ray  |  June 17, 2019

We’ve just published our Wireless Connectivity Market Share for 2018, showing that Broadcom remains the biggest retailer of radio chips and that MediaTek’s plan to diversify is working, but the numbers sidestep the increasing problem of how we should be counting these chips anyway. At Gartner we segment wireless chips by function – sorting out […]

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Intel throws laptop-shaped spaghetti to see what sticks

by Bill Ray  |  June 4, 2019

Intel showed off a whole lot of PC ideas at Computex, in Taipei, in the hope of making computing interesting again. My colleague Amy Teng got a close look at the prototypes and demonstrations on display and reckons some of them could do well. Adding more screens is an obvious shtick, and Intel showed off […]

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China will shortly be the biggest market for autonomous cars

by Bill Ray  |  May 28, 2019

Mention the autonomous car and it’s hard to avoid the image of a Tesla gliding down a Californian highway. But the biggest automotive market in the world is China, which means the biggest market for autonomous cars will also be China, and companies that fail to notice will be missing a massive opportunity. My colleague […]

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Samsung Foundry shows off its range – if you come, they can build it

by Bill Ray  |  May 17, 2019

Apple made it cool to design your own silicon, and these days everyone wants to play. TSMC is where most of those custom chips are made today, but with new design tools and a plethora of processes, Samsung hopes to take some more of that growing market. Samsung’s Foundry already makes chips for the likes […]

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Storage memory is getting cheaper every day, as 2018 tells us what’s in store for 2019

by Bill Ray  |  May 14, 2019

Working in Gartner’s semiconductor team I spend a lot of time explaining that semiconductors aren’t just black caterpillars with silver legs, but a bellwether for the entire IT industry. Semiconductors have to be designed and manufactured before any computing revolution can be unveiled by an impresario in a turtleneck sweater, so if you want to […]

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