Worldwide PC shipments is forecast to fall by -10.1% in 2013, slightly below the previous projection of -9.7%, according to IDC.
Global smartphone shipments are forecast to exceed 1.0 billion units in 2013, translating into 39.3% growth over 2012, said IDC.
The global market for semiconductors used in major home appliances is projected to grow more than 12 percent in 2013, up from 6.8 percent in 2012, according to a report from IHS Inc.
With the introduction of the PlayStation 4, Sony is closer to profitability with component and manufacturing costs starting lower than its price tag, according to preliminary results from the Teardown Analysis Service at IHS Inc
The IHS teardown of the PlayStation 4 reveals that Sony is nearing the break-even point on hardware costs, while significantly boosting performance.
Microchip launches its PIC32MZ Embedded Connectivity (EC) family of 32-bit MCUs for embedded applications that delivers performance of 330 DMIPS and 3.28 CoreMarks/MHz, along with a host of integrated features.
For component suppliers looking for the next big market, IHS is forecasting that annual expenditures for global integrated smart building applications will grow by 150 percent by 2017.
OEMs in the Americas region, led by the United States, continue to spend the most on industrial semiconductors despite years of outsourcing and offshoring, according to IHS.
Microsoft is set to become one of the world’s Top 10 OEM semiconductor buyers with the upcoming acquisition of Nokia, according to IHS.
Merit Sensor Systems launches its TR Series of temperature-compensated pressure sensors for harsh media environments, including those found in industrial, medical, automotive, and aerospace sectors.