Automotive Appetite for Power ICs Grows

The automotive market became the third largest end market for power semiconductor applications in 2014, outperforming the overall market average for semiconductors, said IHS Inc. A big part of this increased demand is driven by advanced assistance systems (ADAS) and infotainment systems. The IHS Power Management Market Share and Supplier Analysis report finds that power ICs, in…

Appeals Court: Conflict Minerals Rule Violates 1st Amendment

A U.S. appeals court ruled this week that the government cannot compel companies to report whether or not their products contain so-called “conflict minerals” — gold, tantalum, tin, and tungsten– mined from regions in Africa. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled on Monday that the requirement that companies state…

Materials Improvement Will Aid OLED Growth

One of the issues holding widespread OLED – organic light emitting diode—adoption is limitation and cost of materials. OLED displays can be constructed by spraying ink-like materials onto a substrate—even flexible materials such as plastic. Starting in the second half of 2015, the overall consumption of active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) materials will surge according…

Notebook Panel Prices Remain Low

Low pricing for notebook panels is putting pressure on panel makers to maintain fab loading and gain market share, according to a new IHS Inc. report. In addition, low prices coupled with oversupply is hurting their profitability. “Panel cost structure has become crucial in the struggle to stay competitive,” said Jason Hsu, supply chain senior analyst…

Conflict Minerals to Become Global in Scope?

The European Union’s proposed conflict-minerals legislation is likely to cast a much wider net than the Dodd-Frank Act in the U.S., experts say. Not only may the EU requirement add elements to the list—such as cobalt—but it may encompass any country or region that is perceived to be violating human rights. “The European conflict minerals…

Flexible Displays Gain Market Share

While flexible displays enable a host of new applications – roll-up displays, for example – the things they don’t do are also appealing. Flexible displays – which can be made on substrates such as plastic –don’t break as easily as glass, for example. One of the issues that’s been holding advancement of this technology back…

China Makes Inroads in TV Outsourcing

China is no longer a destination for offshoring — it is becoming more of an an outsourcing economy in its own right. Because certain TFT LCD panels were scarce in 2014, according to IHS, top TV brands turned to TV subcontract manufacturers in China. BOE and TCL were chosen for their semi-set outsourcing and original…

Auto Safety Drives MEMS Sensor Market

Suppliers of MEMS-based sensors are logging good growth thanks to mandated automotive safety systems, including electronic stability control (ESC) and tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), according to IHS Inc. Players with strong positions in gyroscopes, accelerometers and pressure sensors needed in these systems also grew as well, according to the market research firm. The automotive…