Samueli: You Couldn’t Start a Company Like Broadcom Today; Ash: Time to Start Burying Carbon Dioxide

2012 Marconi Fellow Henry Samueli was a UCLA professor when he and Henry Nicholas started Broadcom in 1991. Times have changed. “I don’t think you could start a company like Broadcom today. I think the industry has matured to a point that is very difficult for startups to make it in semiconductors, because the chips are so complex. They are a thousand times more complex than when we started the company. So you can’t design these chips with a handful of people anymore, like you used to be able to do. So, to start a company today, you’d probably pick a different field than semiconductors.” From a strong interview with Samueli at Readwrite.

Broadcom is actively working on wireless charging systems. Wireless charging hasn’t drawn many customers. He tells Jessica Lipsky “Wireless charging standards have to converge, and I think this year they will figure out this market is not taking off until they get together, It’s about much more than a smartphone market. The main driver is the Internet of Things.” Lisky reports an estimate that 20 million wireless charging receivers were shipped,in 2013 but the market may expand to 700 million in four years.

1984 Marconi Fellow Sir Eric Ash is convinced that burying CO2 is practical and essential. >With the growing world shortage of energy, the chance of coal not being burnt is zero. But if we are to burn all the coal that is underground, we are in serious trouble.” His Wolfson Memorial Lecture at the University of Cape Town urged “ordinary citizens to take charge and influence governments and companies to mitigate climate change, noting that it was highly unlikely that governments would do this on their own. But a groundswell from ordinary people could make a difference. Remember how difficult it was to persuade people that smoking was bad for their health?” Ash pointed out. “But ordinary people put pressure on governments and made a huge difference. I hope enough people take this on because the climate is worth saving.”