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IC Suppliers Shift Focus in Camera Apps

As shipments of standalone digital cameras continue to shrink thanks to camera functions integrated into more mobile devices, IC suppliers are starting to shift their focus to embedded camera applications to drive chip sales, according to a new IC Insights report. These include automotive, tablet, PC, cellphone, security and surveillance applications. Most camera suppliers shifted…

Strong Growth Forecast for mHealth Device Market

Boston, Mass. – The mobile health (mHealth) market is forecast to grow eight-fold from $5.1 billion in 2013 to $41.8 billion in 2023, driven by the adoption of vital signs monitoring and in vitro diagnostic (IVD) devices, according to Lux Research. After an initial slow start due to regulatory approval barriers and slower integration by physicians,…

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…

Surging China Alters Components Distribution Hierarchy

The East vs. West struggle for economic dominance and relevance is turning the global electronics components distribution market on its head. A mere nine years after it was incorporated, WPG Holdings Ltd. is threatening to upstage Arrow Electronics Inc. as the No. 2 global electronics components distributor in what is shaping up as the most…

More Wafer Fabs Set to Close in 2014

Semiconductor manufacturers closed 72 wafer fabs from 2009 to 2013 and another nine fabs are scheduled to close in 2014, according to IC Insights. The hardest hit were 150-mm wafer fabs as suppliers looked to gain greater efficiencies. The Global Wafer Capacity 2014 report finds the semiconductor industry has closed or repurposed older capacity ≤200-mm wafer…

Electronics Supply Chain Redefining China’s Role

Compared to other industries, the technology industry has a truly cross-regional reach. Supply chains for products like semi-conductors, consumer electronics, mobile devices, PCs, tablets and printers are global in nature, as parts are being supplied from across the world. However, there is a shift in production and consumption as the attractiveness of emerging markets continues…

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…