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China’s Role in NAND Flash to Grow

The Chinese semiconductor sector is expected to establish a significant presence in the global NAND flash market over the next two to three years, according to TrendForce. The charge is being led by the Tsinghua Unigroup, which has made significant investments in NAND flash manufacturers over the past year. DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, recently reported…

U.S. Manufacturing: Mixed Bag in October

The trifecta of a strong dollar, low oil prices and concerns about China continued to dog the U.S. manufacturing market in October. The domestic industry’s leading index, the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI, moved uncomfortably close to 50 — the dividing line between growth and contraction. The PMI in October measured 50.1 percent, down from…

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Sound Bites From the ECIA Conference

As usual, the annual ECIA Executive Conference was a mix of information and inspiration. Attendees of the conference this year, held Oct. 25-27, found out what happened to the FIRST competition winner of 2013; how to take a proper selfie, and the difference between French fries and crisps. On a more serious note, presenters broke…

Soraa to Build GaN on GaN LED Facility in New York

Soraa, a developer and manufacturer of advanced lighting products and gallium nitride on gallium nitride (GaN on GaN) LED technology, plans to open a new semiconductor fabrication plant in Syracuse, New York. The company will build a new state-of-the-art GaN on GaN LED fabrication facility in partnership with the State of New York and in coordination with SUNY College…

Price Erosion Curtails Sensor Growth

Global revenues for optoelectronics, sensors and actuators, and discrete semiconductors (O-S-D) are expected to reach $66.4 billion in 2015, up three percent from 2014 when sales rose by nine percent, according to IC Insights. The two biggest contributors to slow growth are sensors/actuators and discretes, which have struggled with consistent growth after rebounding in 2014,…

High Resolution Displays Boost Driver IC Revenue

Santa Clara, Calif. – The driver IC market is forecast to reach $6.8 billion in 2017, primarily driven by demand for higher resolution displays in smartphones and other applications, according to IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS). These include smartphones with full high-definition (FHD) and 4K-resolution displays. There are a couple of market dynamics occurring in the driver…