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Michael J. Palma

Research Director, Enabling Technologies and Semiconductors

Michael Palma is a Research Director for IDC’s Enabling Technologies team. Michael leads IDC's Sensor and Systems intelligence program, examining the intersection of sensors and AI processing at the edge. His research also includes computer vision, video analytics, voice interaction and speech recognition, new power technologies, and other advanced technologies. Mr. Palma is also responsible for IDC's consumer semiconductor coverage and research in the embedded and IoT market, centered on video surveillance, smart home, and the retail market. Formerly, Mr. Palma was responsible for IDC's research in the Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) and Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) industries. During his tenure with IDC, Mr. Palma has also worked on projects covering the electronics supply chain, PC motherboards, and several areas in the Embedded computing market, including automotive, industrial, and medical systems.


Prior to joining IDC, Mr. Palma had his own consulting practice where leading enterprise computing, software, and storage firms were among his clients. He worked with his clients to identify and understand strategic and tactical opportunities. Mr. Palma was also a Principal Analyst with Gartner Inc.'s Dataquest IT Services team, responsible for research into services R&D, market forecasting, economic and financial analyses, and quantitative primary research.  He also worked for Frost & Sullivan where he covered the mobile computing and CRM industries. Mr. Palma spent several years in sales prior to joining the industry analyst profession.


  • B.A. degree from the University of California, Riverside
  • M.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Iowa.
  • Avid amateur photographer who has won several awards in local and international photography contests and has shown his work in a variety of venues in Silicon Valley.
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Intel Launches Neural Network Processor

Oct 2017 - IDC Link - Doc # lcUS43170217

by: Michael J. PalmaShane Rau

Intel's announcement of the Nervana Neural Network Processor (NNP), formerly code-named Lake Crest, reflects the significant realignment of the computing semiconductor markets as vendors and customers pursue data processing solutions, inclu...
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This IDC study presents four views into IDC's taxonomy for the embedded and intelligent systems markets:The internet system landscape view looks across the layout of the internet that shows the relationships among the interconnected system ...
This IDC study presents the worldwide embedded and intelligent systems market according to four views:The internet system landscape view looks across the layout of the internet that shows the relationships among the interconnected system ty...
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