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Semiconductor Market Posts Strong Growth in 2014

El Segundo, Calif. — The worldwide semiconductor market grew by 9.2 percent in 2014, slightly below the growth projection of 9.4 percent, led by sales of memory devices, according to IHS Technology. The fourth quarter, alone, showed 9.7 percent year-over-year growth. This translated into global revenue of $354.5 billion in 2014, up from $324.7 billion in 2013. “The…

IoT a ‘Game Changer’ in Logistics

Although there is always a base of users that want “cool” technology, utility is usually the driver of widespread adoption. The Internet of Things (IoT) is being touted as a solution to many problems, including the interconnectivity of the supply chain. Companies such as E2Open and GT Nexus have developed platforms that allow members of…

What Nokia Should Really be Buying: a Chinese Rival

Nokia Corp. should be buying China’s ZTE Corp. and not Alcatel-Lucent SA, which it this week agreed to buy for $16.6 billion. If approved by regulators and shareholders such a deal would be transformative and open up new growth vistas across the industry, potentially sparking a flurry of East-West and West-East mergers and acquisitions. The…

Nokia Renews Makeover Efforts with $16.6B Alcatel-Lucent Deal

Nokia Corp. is intensifying efforts to transform the company’s operations with an agreement to acquire French-American telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent SA for about $16.6 billion. The deal is in continuation of a reorganization exercise that culminated almost one year ago in the sale of the Finnish company’s mobile handset division to Microsoft Corp. for $7.2…

Falling Prices Impact Sensor Market Growth

Market competition, coupled with high-volume applications including wearable systems, is driving down the average selling prices (ASPs) of sensors at an accelerated pace, and squeezing supplier profit margins, reported IC Insights. While shipments are rising thanks to the adoption of embedded measurement functions for automated intelligent controls in systems and new high-volume applications such as…

Midsize Manufacturers Expect Growth in 2015

Small and midsized manufacturers are particularly optimistic for 2015, according to Prime Advantage’s Group CFO Survey.  The manufacturing buying consortium announced the findings of its annual survey which revealed the financial projections and top economic concerns of industrial manufacturing companies. The results show continued optimism in the economy and positive growth expectations in several industries as Prime…

EU Conflict Minerals Vote Set

Just as U.S. companies seem to have a handle on conflict minerals legislation, the EU is poised to pass its own law regarding these materials that are widely used in electronics. In the U.S., the so-called conflict minerals rule, Dodd-Frank Section 1502, requires public companies to disclose the presence of conflict minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten,…