TI Speeds Up Power Supply Design

Dallas, Tex. – The race to bring new products to market faster just got a little easier for power supply designers, particularly for time-constrained engineers who often have to work under tight deadlines and are faced with complex design requirements. Texas Instruments (TI) has released three new advanced tools in its online WEBENCH Power Designer that…

Consumer Electronics Drive FPGA Growth

San Francisco, Calif. – The global field programmable gate array (FPGA) market is forecast to reach $9,882.5 million by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. The key growth driver over the next six years is increasing demand for consumer electronics, including smartphones. The report, FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) Market Analysis By…

GreenPeak Chipset Supports Multi-Protocols

Utrecht, The Netherlands – GreenPeak Technologies recently launched a multi-protocol chipset that supports both ZigBee and Thread networks. Not only does it help to future-proof IoT solutions, it also significantly reduces costs when designing set-top boxes and gateways. The company touts the new GP712 as the industry’s first single radio multi-protocol chipset with multi-channel receive capability…

Big Opportunities Ahead for Wireless Combo IC Makers

The market share of combo ICs is forecast to grow from 1 percent to more than 12 percent of the total 802.15.4 chip shipments by 2019, according to ABI Research. This is driven by the 802.15.4 wireless connectivity market’s continued transition towards IP-enabled solutions, increasing from six percent of the market in 2015 to more…

Hirose Rolls Out VAR Program for Fiber Optic Cables

Simi Valley, Calif. – Hirose Electric has created a fiber optic cabling value-added reseller (VAR) program to complement its line of ruggedized connectors. The new program enables the interconnect manufacturer to deliver complete fiber optic solutions for a variety of commercial, data communications/networking, medical, military/aerospace, surveillance and telecommunication applications. The VAR program positions Hirose to…

Strong Demand Ahead for Fiber Optic Connectors

The global fiber optic connector market is forecast to reach $4.9 billion by 2020, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.9 percent from 2015 to 2020, according to a new Allied Market Research report. To meet growing opportunities across multiple applications, interconnect manufacturers are growing their product portfolios through new product developments and acquisitions. The…

Procurement’s Biggest Problem: Risky Supply Chains

The biggest external challenge for businesses is supply chain risk, according to a new procurement study conducted by Xchanging plc, a business technology and services provider. The study of 830 procurement professionals across the UK, Europe and North America reveals that 77 percent of respondents believe supply chain risk is the biggest challenge to their…

Device Shipments Slow

Global shipments of PCs, tablets, ultra-mobiles, and mobile phones are forecast to reach 2.5 billion units in 2015, according to Gartner Inc. This is an increase of 1.5 percent from 2014 but down from the previous quarter’s forecast of 2.8 percent growth. The report, “Forecast: PCs, Ultramobiles and Mobile Phones, Worldwide, 2012-2019, 2Q15 Update,” forecasts…