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More Good News in Manufacturing

Giving credence to the adage “a rising tide lifts all boats,” increased investment in automation technologies is being driven by a revival in global manufacturing, according to Frost & Sullivan. In particular, infrastructure projects in the power, water and wastewater industries in emerging economies such as China, India, Brazil and the Middle East will contribute…

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…

How Will Western Business History Rate Offshoring?

Forget about lost manufacturing jobs and the social implications. In time, Western high-tech companies and other manufacturers may come to rue their decision to offshore manufacturing to Asian low cost locations. As rivals pop up like daisies in China, some observers in Europe and North America are moving to the conclusion that offshoring was at…

Tech Firms Fret Over ‘Chilly’ China

Foreign technology companies and other Western multinational enterprises operating in China are becoming increasingly concerned about recent Chinese government anti-trust actions that they complain put them at a disadvantage against local competitors. The companies are wary of voicing their opinions publicly and are instead using back channels and political pressure from their home governments to…

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,…

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…

China Seeks to Cut its Dependence on Foreign Chipmakers

The Chinese government plans to spend as much as $170 billion in the next 10 years on developing the country’s semiconductor market as part of plans to reduce its dependence on imported electronic equipment and components. Recently renewed efforts underway in China to increase the country’s production of semiconductors for local and international consumption will…

Microcontroller Market Rebounds in 2014

Microcontroller (MCU) sales are forecast to increase six percent in 2014, reaching a new record high of $16.1 billion after flat growth in 2013 and dropping three percent in 2012, according to IC Insights’ new Mid-Year Update to the 2014 McClean Report. IC Insights raised its growth forecast for MCU sales in 2014 from three percent due to…

Microchip Warns Customers to Prepare for Tight Supplies

Microchip Technology Inc. has alerted customers to possible component shortages as demand surge in multiple product segments, resulting in extended lead times and rising capacity constraints. Steve Sanghi, chairman, president and CEO of the semiconductor vendor, warned in a memo to customers that continued misalignment in orders at a time of rising demand and plant…