Electronics Ranks High in Conflict Minerals Compliance

In a very short period of time the electronics industry has moved from grudging acceptance of the so-called U.S. “conflict minerals” rule to a leadership position in compliance, research concludes. Moreover, companies that have embraced the measure to boycott materials mined in certain regions of the world are driving positive change throughout the supply chain.…

Wireless: A Bright Spot for Semiconductors

Sales of wireless semiconductors grew almost four percent, reaching $56 billion in 2015, while revenue for the total semiconductor market dropped two percent to $347 billion, according to IHS Inc. The wireless market includes logic and analog semiconductors used in a variety of connectivity, mobile phones, media tablets, and mobile infrastructure applications. Due to lower…

OLED Displays Gaining Market Traction

Active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays are finally gaining traction after years of manufacturing and materials development. The displays, which can be manufactured on thin and flexible substrates are lighter, use less power and are more colorful than liquid crystal displays (LCDs). However, because OLEDs can be produced using ink-jet-type processes, materials development has been slow…

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Risk-Management Reminders from Japan

I recently had a conversation with Wade McDaniel, vice president of supply chain solutions for Avnet Velocity. The discussion was centered on the many layers of risk management, and a few things stood out from a presentation McDaniel provided. It was a map of earthquake-prone areas of the world. The image stands out in my…

Smartphones Spur Sensor Hub Growth

The market for sensor hubs – dedicated processing elements used for low-power sensor processing tasks – is forecast to surpass 1.0 billion units in 2015, rising to nearly 2.0 billion in 2018, driven by the smartphone market, reported IHS Inc. The “booming” market is being spurred by “always-on” sensor processing and battery limitations, according to…