Medical Devices to Drive Component Demand

Medical devices for diagnostics and treatment are set to become big growth drivers over the next several years for component suppliers specializing in high-reliability medical markets. Two examples include auto-positive airway pressure (Auto-PAP) devices and diagnostic cardiology devices. In the U.S. alone, shipments of auto-PAP devices for the treatment of sleep apnea is expected to…

Flexible Displays Almost Ready For Prime Time

The advent of display technology that adheres ink-like particles to a substrate such as plastic has set the stage for flexible electronics. Organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology is currently the leading choice, but proponents believe other opportunities abound in this developing market. Flexible electronics is at the tipping point of widespread market appeal and will increasingly…

IHS: Consumer Electronics Set to Decline

The consumer electronics market — as its name implies — is a major consumer of components.  Although most component makers spread their risk across multiple markets — computer, industrial, automotive, medical and military/aerospace  among them — being designed in to a product such as the iPhone can dramatically boost sales. The consumer market seems to…

Flexible Displays Debut at CES

One of the advantages of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology is the ability to build a display on a flexible surface such as plastic. LG Electronics announced at CES that it will ship a curved smartphone using a flexible display to the U.S. market in the first quarter. The announcement stirred excitement at the International CES 2014, according to…