Five Semiconductor Suppliers Hold 41% of Global Market

Big semiconductor companies are getting bigger. Vigorous M&A activity in 2015 and 2016 has reshaped the landscape of the semiconductor industry, with the top companies now controlling a much greater percentage of market share, reports IC Insights. Not including foundries, IC Insights forecasts five semiconductor suppliers — Intel, Samsung, Qualcomm, Broadcom, and SK Hynix –…

Broadcom Signs Exclusive Distribution Deal with Avnet

Phoenix, Ariz. — Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a leading global technology distributor, today announced an expanded, exclusive distribution agreement with Broadcom Limited (Nasdaq:AVGO). Under the new agreement, Avnet will serve as the exclusive broadline distributor for Broadcom in the Americas and EMEA regions. Avnet will also continue its franchise in Asia. @avnetdesignwire receives Broadcom broadline distribution…

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…