Wireless: A Bright Spot for Semiconductors

Sales of wireless semiconductors grew almost four percent, reaching $56 billion in 2015, while revenue for the total semiconductor market dropped two percent to $347 billion, according to IHS Inc. The wireless market includes logic and analog semiconductors used in a variety of connectivity, mobile phones, media tablets, and mobile infrastructure applications. Due to lower…

OLED Displays Gaining Market Traction

Active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays are finally gaining traction after years of manufacturing and materials development. The displays, which can be manufactured on thin and flexible substrates are lighter, use less power and are more colorful than liquid crystal displays (LCDs). However, because OLEDs can be produced using ink-jet-type processes, materials development has been slow…

Smartphones Spur Sensor Hub Growth

The market for sensor hubs – dedicated processing elements used for low-power sensor processing tasks – is forecast to surpass 1.0 billion units in 2015, rising to nearly 2.0 billion in 2018, driven by the smartphone market, reported IHS Inc. The “booming” market is being spurred by “always-on” sensor processing and battery limitations, according to…

Chinese Wearable Device Vendors Challenge Market Leaders

A new IDC report reveals that Chinese manufacturers are making significant inroads as leading wearable device vendors with volume shipments continuing to ramp significantly. Global shipment volume for wearables in the third quarter of 2015 (3Q15) totaled 21 million units, up 197.6 percent from 7.1 million units shipped in 3Q14, according to the International Data…

Chip M&A Underscores Significant Global Shift

There’s much to be said about the spate of consolidations this year, to be sure, as EPS’ Bolaji Ojo recently discussed; there are real industry changes afoot. Certainly, much of the transactional strategies have to do with the views into new market positions, and the opportunities to scale and refine oligopolies — among other competitive…