Director, Semiconductor Value Chain; Technology Fellow
Experience 16+ years
Akira Minamikawa is chief of all Japanese electronics research in addition to his role as a director and a principal analyst for semiconductor research.
Prior to joining the company, Akira headed the technology research department of the brokerage firm CLSA Securities, where he was the company’s senior analyst. He also served as the director of semiconductor research at IDC Japan, and was the senior analyst for semiconductors at Gartner/Dataquest Japan.
Akira is a regular speaker at events held by the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) and by the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) group. He is frequently quoted in publications, such as Semiconductor Industry News and Nikkei Electronics; and he writes regularly for the E-Journal, Nikkei Microdevices, and other semiconductor industry publications.
With his wide-ranging experience and enormous knowledge of the semiconductor value chain, Akira lends his expertise in service of Japan’s official government and industry bodies. He is a member of the technical examination committee for automotive semiconductors for Japan’s Patent Office, and of the FeRAM evaluation committee at the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Japan's largest public R&D management organization.
Akira belongs to a distinguished circle of only 11 Technology Fellows named by IHS Markit during his time at the company, an honor that recognizes his deep expertise and exceptional standing within the analyst community.
He received his degree in electrical engineering from the Musashi Institute of Technology in Yokohama, now part of the wider Tokyo City University Group.