NAND Flash Market Primed for 12% Growth in 2015

Taipei – Good news for buyers and manufacturers of NAND Flash. Lower production costs for NAND Flash thanks to improving technology will drive higher demand for devices, including SSDs and eMMCs, next year, according to DRAMeXchange, a research division of TrendForce. The NAND Flash market is forecast to reach as high as $27.6 billion at…

5 DRAM Trends to Watch in 2015

Memory chip makers have never had much problem selling lots of DRAM, but making money at it hasn’t always been easy. According to TrendForce, 2014 will be one year that’s been profitable for the memory market, and if it’s up to vendors, 2015 will be as well. Tier-one manufacturers, benefiting from the global smartphone boom,…

Industrial Sector Helps Drive Component Demand

The electronic components industry, particularly semiconductors, is getting a big boost from industrial applications. The global market for industrial semiconductors is forecast to increase by 12.9 percent in 2014, reaching $38.5 billion, according to new research from IHS Technology. The growth is attributed to “continuing strength in China and a resurgent U.S. economy,” the two largest…

China’s Memory Consumption Reaches 20%

China’s appetite for electronics continues to grow in spite of some recent softness in its manufacturing sector. As of this year, nearly 4.789 billion DRAM chips and 3.518 billion NAND Flash chips from the 2Gb category have been consumed in China, accounting for 19.2 percent and 20.6 percent, respectively, of the world’s total DRAM and…

M&As Drive Major Shifts in Automotive IC Market

El Segundo, Calif. – The recent merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the automotive semiconductor market is reshaping the competitive landscape, according to a new report from IHS Technology. These include acquisitions by Qualcomm, Infineon Technologies, and On Semiconductor The latest deal is Qualcomm Inc.’s announcement that it would acquire U.K.’s CSR PLC. This purchase is…

New Electronic Components Tout Power and Space Savings

Here’s a look at some of the newest electronic components aimed at the portable, mobile and wearable markets – all expected to have good solid growth over the next several years. For example, ABI Research expects 1.25 billion smartphones to ship in 2014 and forecasts smartphone shipments to pass the 2 billion mark in 2018.…

Tight Supply Continues for DDR3 SDRAM

DDR3 SDRAM continues to be the bellwether of the memory market. Despite fluctuations in pricing, product continues to be scarce and lead times continue to be an issue. Lead times for DDR3 memory ranges from 12 to 16 weeks with inventory levels remaining tight. Forecasts are pushing lead times to early 2015 for deliveries. Within…

Who’s in the iPhone 6 Plus?

Qualcomm Inc. was again the biggest supplier of semiconductors to Apple Inc. for its newly released iPhone 6 Plus, grabbing a whopping $20 to $22 worth of components for the smartphone, according to a teardown analysis by iFixit. Other companies that also scored big wins in the redesigned Apple smartphone include Skyworks Solutions Inc., Avago…

Smart Grid: Part of a Bigger Opportunity

A few years ago the smart grid represented an opportunity for electronics companies to tap into a rapidly growing market. Thanks to new energy standards, increased public concern for energy savings; volatile gas and oil prices; potential government subsidies and advanced electronics technologies, the grid and its offshoots looked ripe for the picking. Has the…

DRAM Prices Will Continue to Fall

Despite higher DRAM prices starting in the second quarter of 2014 due in part to a lack of capacity expansions and increased obstacles in transitioning to 2Xnm manufacturing, DRAM prices start to drop at the end of July, according to DRAMeXchange, the memory and storage research division of TrendForce. Prices are expected to continue downward…