Top Semiconductor Suppliers Show Strong Growth in Q1

The semiconductor industry appears to be firing on all cylinders, experiencing good demand across multiple industries including automotive, communications, industrial, medical, and the emerging Internet of Things (IoT). The top 20 semiconductor manufacturers increased sales by nine percent in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the first quarter of last year, according to the…

Display Makers Face Price Dilemma

It’s a classic dilemma for suppliers: prices decline more rapidly than manufacturing costs. Currently, display manufacturers are facing a squeeze as shipments of five-inch full-high-definition (FHD) mobile phone panels declined by 34 percent last year while manufacturing costs fell only 14 percent, according to IHS. Smartphone prices continue to fall, according to the researcher, so…

Wearable Sensors to Grow 45.2% Through 2020

The burgeoning wearable electronics market would likely not exist if it weren’t for wearable sensors. The global wearable sensors market was valued at $70 million in 2014, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 45.2% from 2014 to 2020, according to a recent report. Wearable sensors are one of the most important components…

Semiconductor Makers Place Big Bets on the IoT Despite Challenges

Despite the challenges ahead, the semiconductor industry considers the Internet of Things (IoT) to be one of the three biggest growth drivers in the upcoming years, according to a joint study conducted by McKinsey & Company and the Global Semiconductor Alliance.  However, this means semiconductor companies may have to rethink their traditional business models, according…

Manufacturers Can Use Data to Increase Efficiency

In spite of all the headway that manufacturers have made regarding efficiency, the industry still has some untapped resources. A majority of manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, electronics and machinery industries are aware of the potential technology has in increasing asset efficiency, a global study found, but only 15 percent have implemented dedicated strategies toward that end.…

SCM/Procurement Software Market Grows 11%

Supply chain management (SCM) and procurement software applications grew 10.8 percent in 2014, reaching $9.9 billion in 2014, according to Gartner, Inc. Outpacing most software markets, Gartner attributes solid growth in this software segment to the competitive advantage that the supply chain delivers to businesses in terms of driving business growth goals, including improved customer satisfaction,…

TI Tops Analog IC Ranking

Over the past few years the analog IC market has seen good growth driven by several markets including LED lighting, smart power management, and now wearables, growing nine percent in 2014. Texas Instruments (TI) continues to be the leading supplier of analog devices with $8.1 billion in sales in 2014, increasing its analog market share…