Striking a Bimodal Balance in the Supply Chain

Balancing growth, innovation, and efficiencies to move into increasingly competitive markets comprises a directive that extends across executive responsibilities and into supply chain relationships. This balance is part and parcel of a set of strategic challenges not only for the semiconductor and electronics supply chain, but also across many industries. In the electronics industry, where…

Biometrics in Mobile Devices Generate Big Growth

Although revenue and shipment forecasts for biometric technologies vary among market researchers, there is no doubt that the use of these technologies in mobile devices including smartphones and tablets will grow significantly over the next five years across industries and regions. A new report from Acuity Market Intelligence indicates that the global mobile biometric market…

Consumer Electronics Drive FPGA Growth

San Francisco, Calif. – The global field programmable gate array (FPGA) market is forecast to reach $9,882.5 million by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. The key growth driver over the next six years is increasing demand for consumer electronics, including smartphones. The report, FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) Market Analysis By…

Big Opportunities Ahead for Wireless Combo IC Makers

The market share of combo ICs is forecast to grow from 1 percent to more than 12 percent of the total 802.15.4 chip shipments by 2019, according to ABI Research. This is driven by the 802.15.4 wireless connectivity market’s continued transition towards IP-enabled solutions, increasing from six percent of the market in 2015 to more…

Strong Demand Ahead for Fiber Optic Connectors

The global fiber optic connector market is forecast to reach $4.9 billion by 2020, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.9 percent from 2015 to 2020, according to a new Allied Market Research report. To meet growing opportunities across multiple applications, interconnect manufacturers are growing their product portfolios through new product developments and acquisitions. The…

Procurement’s Biggest Problem: Risky Supply Chains

The biggest external challenge for businesses is supply chain risk, according to a new procurement study conducted by Xchanging plc, a business technology and services provider. The study of 830 procurement professionals across the UK, Europe and North America reveals that 77 percent of respondents believe supply chain risk is the biggest challenge to their…

Device Shipments Slow

Global shipments of PCs, tablets, ultra-mobiles, and mobile phones are forecast to reach 2.5 billion units in 2015, according to Gartner Inc. This is an increase of 1.5 percent from 2014 but down from the previous quarter’s forecast of 2.8 percent growth. The report, “Forecast: PCs, Ultramobiles and Mobile Phones, Worldwide, 2012-2019, 2Q15 Update,” forecasts…