Methods and management of research in the microelectronics industry
After 38 years in the electronics industry, I retired in 2021. For my Fellowship I worked for about three months in Japan at the R&D laboratory of NEC in Miyazaki. I wanted to learn about how different cultures approached microelectronics research.
This question was inspired by an epiphany: one day I was performing a do-it-yourself repair on the drive belt of my Japanese tape recorder. Opening it up, I saw the cleverness and economy of the design. "Wow! I'd like to meet the team of people that designed this!"
The main insight I gained from the trip was that the UK electronics industry had fallen behind the rest of the world and needed to move into higher gear to compete.
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