Intersil Delivers Single-Chip PMIC for Smartphones

Milpitas, Calif. – Intersil Corporation has introduced the single-chip ISL98611 display power and LED driver for smartphones. The company touts the ISL98611 as the first power management IC that integrates the display power and backlight LED driver functions in a single chip, improving efficiency of both functions to increase smartphone battery life by an hour…

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…

Consolidation Rules Home Appliances Market

El Segundo, Calif. — Home appliance manufacturers are looking to increase their market share through acquisitions, new territories and new market segments to take advantage of strong growth in the market, according to a new report from IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS). Worldwide shipments of home appliances are forecast to reach 611 million units by the end of 2014,…

What Consumer Electronics Companies Need to Know About YouTube

YouTube is a Google-owned video sharing website.  Trending YouTube videos include Farmer Derek Klingenberg’s “Serenading the cattle with my trombone” (more than 5.3 million views) and PSY’s “Gangnam Style” (more than 2 billion views). YouTube is, however, more than music videos and farmers with trombones.  YouTube is an essential business tool for the consumer electronics…

Social Media Influences Consumer Electronics Purchasing

A CEA study found that 24 percent of consumers who use social media say that they always or almost always refer to social media websites before they make a consumer electronics purchase.  For high engagement users (13.5 or more hours per week) this increases to 65 percent. Consumers not only turn to social media websites,…

AMOLED Panel Costs to Fall Below LCD

Santa Clara, Calif.—The manufacturing cost gap between AMOLED and TFT LCD smartphone displays is closing as production yields improve, which should drive increased use in smartphone panels, according to a NPD DisplaySearch OLED Technology Report. Although manufacturing costs for AMOLED panels are currently 10-20 percent higher than for TFT LCD displays, they are expected fall below…

Distribution M&A Takes a Different Tack

The electronics distribution industry will never again see the kind of merger and acquisition activity that took place in the 1990s. During that period, trade journals’ rankings of the Top 100 Distributors became the Top 50 and then the Top 25. The driver, of course, was nationalization and then globalization. Distributors were filling in the…

TE Bets Big on Sensors

TE Connectivity Inc. said it has reached an agreement to purchase Measurement Specialties Inc. for $1.7 billion, bolstering its presence in the sensors market and as part of continuing plans at the company to boost sales and profit via targeted acquisitions and expansion into fast growing segments of the electronics industry. The acquisition represents a…

IoT and Wearables Spurring Supply Chain Momentum

Earlier this month, COMPUTEX 2014 in Taipei, Taiwan, was  proof positive that the dawn of wearable computing and a next level of ubiquity is here. From the trade show floor to keynotes and casual conversations throughout the week, the momentum and commitment to real progress for wearables was clear all along the semiconductor and electronics…

Energy Efficiency Drives IGBT Market

Albany, N.Y. – The global insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) and super junction MOSFET market is expected to grow from $4.8 million in 2012 to $10.1 million by 2019, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.6 percent over the forecast period of 2013 to 2019, according to Transparency Market Research. The report,…