Strong Demand Ahead for PV Inverter ICs

El Segundo, Calif. – The photovoltaic (PV) inverter market is expected to drive semiconductor growth, particularly for discrete and analog semiconductors, over the next three years, according to a new IHS report. Revenue from semiconductors used in PV inverters increased by nine percent in 2014, reaching $386.1 million. IHS forecasts the PV inverter semiconductor market to…

Is Your Supply Chain Organization in a Talent Crisis?

Supply chain executives at U.S.-based global companies believe their organizations lack the needed skills to evolve their supply chains using new technologies and operating models in contrast to top leadership who overwhelming believe their supply chain organizations have the skills required, according to a new Deloitte study. This big disconnect between supply chain executives and…

Currency Valuations Hurt Passives Industry

Cary, N. C. — Despite steadily increasing demand from several sectors, currency valuations, particularly the Yen, Won and NT$ to the U.S. dollar are resulting in price erosion and lower revenue growth in the passive electronic components industry, according to new research from Paumanok Publications Inc. A key finding of the report, “Passive Electronic Components: World…

Inductors Deliver Performance, Size Improvements

Thanks to continuous improvements in performance and miniaturization, which help reduce OEM costs, the global inductor market is forecast to reach $3.75 billion in 2019 up from $2.78 billion in 2014, according to Micromarket Monitor. “The demand for surface mount and ceramic core inductor is continuously growing owing to the increased need of miniaturization without compromising the…

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…