Energy Efficiency Drives IGBT Market

Albany, N.Y. – The global insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) and super junction MOSFET market is expected to grow from $4.8 million in 2012 to $10.1 million by 2019, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.6 percent over the forecast period of 2013 to 2019, according to Transparency Market Research. The report,…

Who Benefits from the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things (IoT) device market is expected to grow from $9.5 billion in 2014 to $46 billion in 2014, according to Yole Développement. While there is big potential growth for electronic component manufacturers, particularly sensor manufacturers, Yole analysts expect most of the added value in IoT solutions will come from data processing. The IoT device market will represent close to 15 percent of all data processing, according to Yole.

China OEMs Buying More Through Distribution

Manufacturers in China are expected to spend, on average, $34 million on components in 2014, according to a new report by Global Sources and eMedia Asia. That figure represents an increase of 26 percent over 2013 purchases, and more of that spend is going through the distribution channel. By all accounts, the use of the channel…

Component Trends: Two Notable Moves in May

Neither component leadtimes nor pricing seem poised to budge during the month of May, according to Avnet Electronics Marketing’s Market and Technology Trends report. But buyers shouldn’t be deceived by the apparent stability:  upward activity in discretes and memory may signal a pull-through effect on other components. Avnet product experts in discretes report leadtimes for…

What’s Inside Google Glass?

El Segundo, Calif. — Although Google Glass, which sells for $1,500, has hardware and manufacturing costs of only $152.47, according to a teardown by IHS Technology, it doesn’t translate into a “sky-high margin of 90 percent” for each sale, according to IHS analyst Andrew Rassweiler. “As in any new product—especially a device that breaks new technological…

US Manufacturing: 9.1% Growth Expected For 2014

A majority of U.S. manufacturing executives expect their sales will grow a little more than 9 percent for the rest of 2014, according to the Institute of Supply Management’s  semi-annual survey of purchasing and supply managers.  Of the 18 industries predicting growth, computer and electronics products fall a disappointing 12th on the list. Textile manufacturers…

Ruling Adds No Clarity To Conflict Minerals Law

One of the lesser-known facts about the Dodd-Frank Act (also known as the “conflict minerals” rule) is that the provision has been challenged in court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit recently issued its ruling on a challenge by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) regarding the SEC’s conflict minerals rule, according to…

Global Semiconductor Sales Grow 5% in 2013

El Segundo, Calif. —Led by memory chip sales, global semiconductor revenue increased 5.0 percent in 2013, according to the latest research from IHS Technology. Total semiconductor revenue reached $318.1 billion in 2013, up from $303.1 billion in 2012. Last year’s growth “reversed the disappointing 2.4 percent loss of 2012, when revenue contracted from $310.6 billion in 2011,”…