Tech Firms Fret Over ‘Chilly’ China

Foreign technology companies and other Western multinational enterprises operating in China are becoming increasingly concerned about recent Chinese government anti-trust actions that they complain put them at a disadvantage against local competitors. The companies are wary of voicing their opinions publicly and are instead using back channels and political pressure from their home governments to…

Smartphone Apps Processor Revenue Reached $4.7B in Q1 2014

Boston, Mass. — The global smartphone applications processor market registered an impressive 25 percent year-over-year growth to reach $4.7 billion in Q1 2014, according to Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies (HCT) service report, “Smartphone Apps Processor Market Share Q1 2014: Qualcomm, Apple and MediaTek Capture Over 80 Percent Revenue Share.” Click here for the report: http://bit.ly/1tJgdLk Based on Strategy…

Tablet Apps Processor Revenue Grew 30 Percent in Q1 2014

Boston, Mass. — The global tablet applications processor market registered an impressive 30 percent year-over-year growth to reach $912 million in Q1 2014, according to Strategy Analytics Handset Component Technologies (HCT) service report, “Tablet Apps Processor Market Share Q1 2014: Apple Maintains Lead with 30 Percent Revenue Share.” Click here for the report: http://bit.ly/1n2PVjv According to this Strategy Analytics…

Apple Dictates MEMS Microphone Market

El Segundo, Calif. — Revolving around the needs of Apple Inc., the global market for microelectromechanical system (MEMS) microphone chips is split into two segments – bare dies and packaged MEMS – that are dominated by two suppliers Knowles Corp. and Infineon Technologies AG, reports IHS Technology. U.S.-based Knowles was the biggest supplier of packaged MEMS…

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Healthcare Costs Top Manufacturers’ Concerns

Many government initiatives are passed with the best of intentions but with unintended results. In the U.S., small to mid-size manufacturing companies will be spending more on healthcare requirements this year than on expansion and new product development. PrimeAdvantage, a purchasing consortium of small to midsize companies, surveyed its members about their financial expectations for 2014…