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Risto Puhakka
President, VLSI Research

Risto Puhakka is President of VLSIresearch, leading the company’s commercial operations and market research activities.  He is an expert in Semiconductor Capital Equipment markets as well as Semiconductor Manufacturing. Risto has advised companies, investors, and agencies in the United States, Europe, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.  As an experienced market researcher and analyst, his work draws from VLSI’s global network to provide market intelligence for companies engaged in the semiconductor manufacturing supply chain 

Risto advises managers, boards, and investors about semiconductor market trends and strategic industry statistics.  He is a regularly invited speaker at conferences about various topics in semiconductor manufacturing and equipment markets.  At VLSIresearch, Risto works on numerous client projects in a variety of semiconductor manufacturing segments. Projects include:

Advanced Packaging markets and demand

TSMC wafer cost

Failure Analysis Equipment Market analysis

Silicon Demand Outlook

Analog, MEMS, Power Transistor IC manufacturing equipment market

Mask supply analysis and mask manufacturing equipment markets; Global view of the mask supply and demand

IC manufacturing related customer satisfaction survey programs

Due diligence advisories to strategic or private equity investors

Numerous individual equipment market assessments and customer analyses

Financial performance benchmarking for equipment and semiconductor suppliers


Risto is a graduate of Helsinki University of Technology (MSc) and UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business (MBA).   When Risto is not working he cherishes time with his family, runs very long distances, and is occasionally spotted flying model airplanes.