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…

Is the Industry Ready for Off-, Right- and Near-Shoring?

The high-tech industry has spent the better part of two decades working the kinks out of a supply chain that expanded rapidly into China. In addition to the bureaucracy the move entailed – many companies had to partner with a Chinese company in order to literally get a foot on the ground—the logistics of designing…

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The Shortcomings of “Follow the Components”

One of the commonly held beliefs within the electronics supply chain is that traceability – tracking a component from the factory through its insertion into an end product—will go a long way toward preventing counterfeiting. If a user at any point in the supply chain can flag a suspect component, they can prevent its passage…

Semiconductor Sales Advance 5.1% in May

The global semiconductor industry overcame lingering macroeconomic uncertainty to post solid year-to-year growth in May, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).  Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $28.2 billion for the month of May 2015, an increase of 5.1 percent from May 2014 when sales were $26.8 billion, the SIA said. Global sales from May 2015…

Manufacturing Ends 1H 2015 Better Than it Started

The U.S. manufacturing industry closed the first half of the year in better shape than it started, but it’s still facing a few headwinds. After a number of fits and starts over the past few months the Institute for Supply Management’s June PMI—a leading manufacturing business indicator—is hovering around the 53 percent mark and ticked up…

GlobalFoundries Completes Acquisition of IBM Chip Unit

IBM (NYSE: IBM) said the acquisition of the company’s global commercial semiconductor technology business by GlobalFoundries has been completed. With the closing of this transaction, GlobalFoundries becomes IBM’s exclusive semiconductor processor technology provider for the next 10 years, ensuring a long-term supply of semiconductors for IBM systems. IBM Research will continue its deep focus on…

Temperature & Image Sensors ‘Hot’ Through 2020

Temperature sensors, in a word, will remain “hot” in North America and Europe.  Thanks to demand from both the industrial and consumer market segments, sales of temperature sensors are expected to grow at a decent clip in those regions through 2020. In Europe, the market is expected to increase to $1.36 billion by 2018, with…

How Procurement Can Better Evaluate Risk vs. Opportunity

The semiconductor and electronics supply chain, like many other industries, is experiencing a renewed round of diversification strategies. There are a myriad of reasons and market opportunities driving the strategic shifts, but the bottom line remains a unified goal of increased business (volume and revenue) at improved costs with ever more finely managed risks. Among…