Samsung Tops Buyers of MEMS Combo Sensors

El Segundo, Calif. — Samsung is the largest buyer of MEMS combo sensors, spending $183 million or 41 percent of the total combo sensor market in 2013, according to new analysis from IHS Technology. Purchases included 6-axis inertial measurement units (IMUs) from STMicroelectronics, InvenSense, and Bosch  for the Galaxy S4 smartphone, Galaxy Note 3 smartphone,…

Flex PCB Market Set to Grow

Rising labor costs in China as well as currency appreciation hurt the nation’s domestic flexible printed circuit board industry last year, according to the “Global and China FPCB (Flexible Printed Circuit Board) Industry Report.”  The overall market will continue to grow: the global flexible printed circuit board (FPCB) market is valued at $1.321 billion with…

Apple China Hire Links Engineering & Sourcing

Apple Inc. is reportedly hiring more than 600 engineers and supply chain professionals in China as the world’s biggest consumer electronics manufacturer by market value responds to growing challenges from a swarm of competitors threatening its once unrivalled domination of the smartphone and tablet PC markets. News reports indicate Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is adding engineers…

China Auto Industry Drives Healthy IC Sales

El Segundo, Calif. —  Semiconductor consumption in 2014 by China’s automotive industry will reach $4.6 billion, up 11 percent from $4.1 billion last year, driven by increased demand for vehicle safety features and infotainment applications, including car navigation, according to a new report from IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS). This follows a 10 percent increase in…