China’s Memory Consumption Reaches 20%

China’s appetite for electronics continues to grow in spite of some recent softness in its manufacturing sector. As of this year, nearly 4.789 billion DRAM chips and 3.518 billion NAND Flash chips from the 2Gb category have been consumed in China, accounting for 19.2 percent and 20.6 percent, respectively, of the world’s total DRAM and…

Top Semiconductor Suppliers to Record Double-Digit Growth

Nine of the top 20 semiconductor suppliers are expected to record double-digit growth in 2014, according to a preview of the IC Insights 2014 McClean Report. The Top 25 semiconductor supplier report reveals that sales at TSMC, MediaTek, and SK Hynix are each expected to increase by more than 20 percent in 2014. The Semiconductor Industry…

M&As Drive Major Shifts in Automotive IC Market

El Segundo, Calif. – The recent merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the automotive semiconductor market is reshaping the competitive landscape, according to a new report from IHS Technology. These include acquisitions by Qualcomm, Infineon Technologies, and On Semiconductor The latest deal is Qualcomm Inc.’s announcement that it would acquire U.K.’s CSR PLC. This purchase is…

Component Trends: Some Memory Allocation

Memory components continue to be the most volatile segment in the supply chain in October, according to Avnet’s most recent Market & Technology Trends report. Similar to prior months, both memory prices and lead times continue to increase. Across the market, overall memory availability is running 6 weeks to allocation, according to Avnet. DDR-3 SDRAM…

Top Procurement Teams Deliver Twice the Cost Reductions

Chicago, Ill. —While strategies to control costs vary across industries, achieving cost reductions is always a concern for procurement and supply chain executives. A new study from A.T. Kearney indicates that leading company procurement organizations are at the forefront of these reductions, delivering twice the cost reduction compared to other companies through excellence in managing…

Wearables to Drive Display Panel Growth

El Segundo, Calif. — Demand for wearable electronics, initially fueled by smartwatch computing, is forecast to drive rapid growth for display panels over the next several years. IHS Technology forecasts industry revenue will increase from a projected $300 million in 2014 to more than 80 percent annually for at least four more years as high resolution…