Display Makers Face Price Dilemma

It’s a classic dilemma for suppliers: prices decline more rapidly than manufacturing costs. Currently, display manufacturers are facing a squeeze as shipments of five-inch full-high-definition (FHD) mobile phone panels declined by 34 percent last year while manufacturing costs fell only 14 percent, according to IHS. Smartphone prices continue to fall, according to the researcher, so…

Strong Demand Ahead for PV Inverter ICs

El Segundo, Calif. – The photovoltaic (PV) inverter market is expected to drive semiconductor growth, particularly for discrete and analog semiconductors, over the next three years, according to a new IHS report. Revenue from semiconductors used in PV inverters increased by nine percent in 2014, reaching $386.1 million. IHS forecasts the PV inverter semiconductor market to…

Semiconductor Market Posts Strong Growth in 2014

El Segundo, Calif. — The worldwide semiconductor market grew by 9.2 percent in 2014, slightly below the growth projection of 9.4 percent, led by sales of memory devices, according to IHS Technology. The fourth quarter, alone, showed 9.7 percent year-over-year growth. This translated into global revenue of $354.5 billion in 2014, up from $324.7 billion in 2013. “The…

Automotive Touch Panel Market to Hit $1.5B by 2018

Englewood, Colo. (April 8, 2015) – The explosion of touch-enabled screens used in smartphones, tablets and other consumer devices, along with improvements in touch technology, are increasing demand for touch-screen automotive displays used for navigation, entertainment and online services, climate control, energy efficiency tracking and other activities. According to IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), the leading global source…

Wireless Charging for Wearables Readies for Huge Growth

The global market for wireless power and charging in wearable applications is forecast to grow 3,000 percent this year compared to 2014, according to IHS Technology. The market research firm expects global revenue of wireless power receivers and transmitters for wearable applications to exceed more than $480 million in 2015, up from $15 million last year.…

Auto Electronics: Keeping User Interfaces Simple

One of the biggest hits of the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was actually a car. As auto makers integrate more electronics into vehicles, the line between consumer electronics and automotive electronics continues to blur. The focus has now shifted to the Detroit Auto Show,  where vehicle performance is enhanced by electronics. One of the key…