Electronics Companies Rank Higher for Conflict Minerals Compliance

Electronics companies scored higher than other industries in a ranking of 1,267 publicly-traded companies that filed a Conflict Mineral Disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for 2014. The top 100 ranking, conducted by Tulane University and sponsored by consulting firm Assent Compliance, were based on two key areas – compliance with the U.S.…

China’s Role in NAND Flash to Grow

The Chinese semiconductor sector is expected to establish a significant presence in the global NAND flash market over the next two to three years, according to TrendForce. The charge is being led by the Tsinghua Unigroup, which has made significant investments in NAND flash manufacturers over the past year. DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, recently reported…

Brand Image: A Big Motivator for Green Supply Chains

Fifty-one percent of supply chain executives in North America consider sustainability a strategic priority, but most of the changes implemented are too small to make a significant impact, according to a new sustainability report from West Monroe Partners, a business and technology consultancy. Conducted in partnership with Loyola University’s Supply and Value Chain Center and…

Price Erosion Curtails Sensor Growth

Global revenues for optoelectronics, sensors and actuators, and discrete semiconductors (O-S-D) are expected to reach $66.4 billion in 2015, up three percent from 2014 when sales rose by nine percent, according to IC Insights. The two biggest contributors to slow growth are sensors/actuators and discretes, which have struggled with consistent growth after rebounding in 2014,…

Magnetic Sensor Growth Shifts to Automotive Sector

Englewood, Colo.  – Global revenues for the semiconductor-based magnetic sensor market grew less than one percent in 2014, primarily due to ongoing price erosion in the electronic compass sensor market, according to IHS Inc. However, the market researcher forecasts nearly four percent growth in 2015 due to rising demand in the automotive sector. The automotive sensor market…

High Resolution Displays Boost Driver IC Revenue

Santa Clara, Calif. – The driver IC market is forecast to reach $6.8 billion in 2017, primarily driven by demand for higher resolution displays in smartphones and other applications, according to IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS). These include smartphones with full high-definition (FHD) and 4K-resolution displays. There are a couple of market dynamics occurring in the driver…