Flex PCB Market Set to Grow

Rising labor costs in China as well as currency appreciation hurt the nation’s domestic flexible printed circuit board industry last year, according to the “Global and China FPCB (Flexible Printed Circuit Board) Industry Report.”  The overall market will continue to grow: the global flexible printed circuit board (FPCB) market is valued at $1.321 billion with…

LEDs Lead the Way for GaN Adoption

The commercialization of semiconductor devices using gallium nitride (GaN) as a substrate material is expected to rise as developed countries address global environmental issues in their policymaking, according to Gartner Inc. However, there are still several technical and cost challenges that the technology faces on the road to adoption. These include concerns related to crystal…

Renesas Tops Automotive IC Ranking

London, England — Renesas Electronics was the top vendor of semiconductors to the original equipment (OE) automotive sector in 2013, according to Semicast Research. Rounding out the top five are Infineon Technologies, STMicroelectronics, Freescale, and NXP. Revenue for the OE automotive semiconductor market is estimated at $27.1 billion in 2013, according to the market research…

IPC: PCB Shipments Sluggish

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the January findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. January PCB sales and orders were below the levels of January 2013. The book-to-bill ratio in January continued climbing, but remains below parity at 0.95. Slow Start to 2014 Total North American PCB shipments…

Component Trends: Some Reductions in Leadtimes

The month of March is bringing spring – at least that is what many in the U.S. fervently hope. It’s also brought a couple of leadtime reductions in IP&E products. According to Avnet’s latest Market and Technology Trends report, leadtimes for commercial electromechanical, military electromechanical and power supplies all fell from the prior month. Commercial…

China Auto Industry Drives Healthy IC Sales

El Segundo, Calif. —  Semiconductor consumption in 2014 by China’s automotive industry will reach $4.6 billion, up 11 percent from $4.1 billion last year, driven by increased demand for vehicle safety features and infotainment applications, including car navigation, according to a new report from IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS). This follows a 10 percent increase in…