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Michael J. Palma

Research Director, Enabling Technologies and Semiconductors

Michael Palma is a Research Director for IDC’s Consumer Semiconductor and Electronics Manufacturing research initiatives within IDC's Enabling Technologies team. Michael leads IDC's Consumer Semiconductor coverage, investigating the market opportunities, competitive analysis, and development of semiconductor and other core technologies intended for the diverse consumer electronics field. Specifically, his coverage focuses on Tablets, eReaders, and the digital living room, including DTVs and set-top boxes.  Mr. Palma is also addressing the development of the home entertainment network, video processing, and embedded processors. Mr. Palma is also responsible for the Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) Forecaster product. In this role, he examines the business models and strategies, manufacturing relationships, and future road maps of electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers and original design manufacturers (ODMs). 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 examines the market share for application processor vendors in tablets and eReaders for 2016 and reviews the market forces that influenced their performance."2016 shows how far the tablet market has fallen since consumer sent...
This IDC Market Analysis Perspective was given to clients of IDC's Advanced Technology for Intelligent Connected Systems program over the course of 2017. It provides industry highlights, market landscape, competitive assessment, future outl...
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