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OLED Displays Gaining Market Traction

Active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays are finally gaining traction after years of manufacturing and materials development. The displays, which can be manufactured on thin and flexible substrates are lighter, use less power and are more colorful than liquid crystal displays (LCDs). However, because OLEDs can be produced using ink-jet-type processes, materials development has been slow…

Quakes Will Impact Automotive Electronics

It has been a couple of weeks since double earthquakes hit the Japanese island of Kyushu in the Kumamoto prefecture, self-named as Japan’s Silicon Valley. The two earthquakes, one registering 6.5 magnitude followed by the main 7.3 magnitude event, are unusual in that they occurred in a two-day time frame. Additionally significant: 1,000 aftershocks continue…

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Risk-Management Reminders from Japan

I recently had a conversation with Wade McDaniel, vice president of supply chain solutions for Avnet Velocity. The discussion was centered on the many layers of risk management, and a few things stood out from a presentation McDaniel provided. It was a map of earthquake-prone areas of the world. The image stands out in my…

Merger Mania and the Future of the Semiconductor Landscape

If there’s an example of positive impacts of consolidation on a market, the past few years in the memory sector could well be that example. I have to admit, as a general rule, I’m leery of waves of M&A that push sectors toward oligopolies. Along this vein, I confess to having been concerned during the…

Display IP Drives Foxconn-Sharp Deal

Ongoing consolidation has me sometimes feeling that the semiconductor and electronics industry is a shrinking group of major corporations representing leading sectors. The headlining M&A story of the year—so far– is the Foxconn-Sharp merger penned at the beginning of April, but which began in 2012. The seesaw story of Sharp’s financial troubles plagued the company for…