Analyst Profile
Jim Walker
Jim Walker
Research VP
Las Vegas, NV USA
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Years of Experience
15 years at Gartner
33 years IT industry
Areas of Coverage
Semiconductors

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Roles and Responsibilities
Jim Walker is a vice president of research in Gartner Technology and Service Provider Research, where he is part of the Worldwide Semiconductor Manufacturing group within the Semiconductors unit. Mr. Walker's areas of focus are semiconductor packaging, assembly, test, PCBA, MEMS and nanotechnology. He was a founding member and past president of the Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA), and has held memberships in the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE), MicroElectronic Packaging and Test Engineering Council (MEPTEC), and the American Society for Quality Control (ASQC).
Previous Experience
Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Walker was the co-founder and vice president of marketing for Hana USA, an IC outsourcing packaging and assembly services company. Before that, at National Semiconductor, Mr. Walker performed various roles including serving as surface mount (SMT) packaging, marketing and strategy manager. Earlier in his career, while at Dexter Electronic Materials and E.I. DuPont, he performed research, development, quality assurance and technical service, using polymeric materials for adhesive, composite, aerospace, electronic and semiconductor applications. A founding member of the SMTA, Mr. Walker served at the national level as secretary, treasurer and then president in 1990. Mr. Walker also serves on the advisory board of MEPTEC and formerly those of Surfect Technologies and Bridgewave Communications.
Professional Background
Hana USA, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, 10 years
National Semiconductor, Director, Strategic Packaging and Marketing, 7 years
E.I. DuPont, Senior Development Chemist, 2 years
Industry Awards/Accolades
Co-founder - Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA)
SMTA President Emeritus and former Board Chairman (1990)
SMTA Distinguished Alumnus (1991)
Advisory Board Member - Microelectronic Packaging & Test Engineering Council (MEPTEC)
Editorial Board Member - Advanced Packaging Magazine
Education
B.S., Chemistry, California State Polytechnic University
Postgraduate work at California State University, Los Angeles
Languages
English
German




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Forecast Overview: Semiconductor Assembly and Test Services, Worldwide, 2014 15-Aug-2014 Jim Walker, Klaus Rinnen, Mark Stromberg
Gartner Webinar: Semiconductor Capital Equipment and Manufacturing Services Markets, 2Q14 13-Aug-2014 David Christensen, Mark Stromberg, Jim Walker, Dean Freeman, Jon Erensen, Bob Johnson, Samuel Tuan Wang
Forecast Analysis: Semiconductor Assembly and Test Services, Worldwide, 2Q14 Update 12-Aug-2014 Jim Walker
Forecast: Semiconductor Outsourcing Services, Worldwide, 2Q14 Update 07-Jul-2014 Jim Walker, Barbara Van, Mark Stromberg, Samuel Tuan Wang
Report Highlight for Market Trends: Miniaturization of Wearable Electronics Accelerates Package Integration for Semiconductor Assembly and Test Services Vendors 23-Jun-2014 Jim Walker