automotive electronics, IC Insights, semiconductors

Outlook Remains Bright for Automotive Electronics

Despite some high-profile setbacks with autonomous vehicles, IC Insights projects that automotive electronics systems growth will remain robust and automotive remains a hotbed for semiconductor growth. Sales of automotive electronics systems are forecast to increase 7.0 percent in 2018 and 6.3 percent in 2019, the highest growth rate in both years among the six major end-use applications…

Electronics OCMs and Distributors Weigh in on Shortages, Tariffs & 2019

As the electronics industry plows through calendar Q4, murmurs of uncertainty around 2019 are surfacing. Analysts say there’s a possibility that demand for electronic components will cool in 2019, and tariffs continue to fuel uncertainty throughout the electronics supply chain. “Semiconductor memory ASPs are going to fall. Semiconductor sales are going to decline. The U.S…

Optoelectronics, Sensors/Actuators, Discretes Climb Again

In 2018, a mixed bag of higher prices, shortages, and new imaging applications is driving up total optoelectronics, sensors and discrete semiconductors (O-S-D) sales by 11 percent and expected to set a ninth consecutive record-high level of combined revenues. With tight supplies of widely used power transistors and diodes driving up prices and new optical-imaging applications moving…

MCU Sales to Reach Record Highs Through 2022

The market for microcontrollers (MCUs) —the IC industry’s original system-on-chip (SoC) product category—is expected to continue hitting record-high annual revenues through 2022 after worldwide sales dropped 6 percent in 2016 because of a slowdown in MCU unit shipments. After drawing down MCU inventories in 2016, systems manufacturers stepped up purchases of microcontrollers in 2017 with unit…

NAND Flash Prices Drop Again; Capacity Plans Could Lead to Oversupply

Contract prices of NAND flash products have decreased in the first two quarters of 2018 due to the traditional off-season, and capacity expansion of 64/72-layer 3D NAND flash, according to DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce. Further price declines are expected in the third quarter (Q3), although a bit moderated, until the fourth quarter (Q4), when steeper…

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U.S. Manufacturing’s Humming—Except for Shortages and Tariffs

U.S. manufacturers that rely on access to electronic components are on the brink of not being able to fulfill their customers’ orders. But manufacturing is still humming: The Institute for Supply Management’s leading factory index, the PMI, increased by 1.4 percent in May to 58.7. However, comments from the computer and electronics sector indicate OEMs…