Emerging Markets Fuel Smartphone Demand

There is good news for electronics components suppliers in the mobile device sector. Smartphone manufacturers saw healthy demand in the third quarter (Q3) of 2015, which is expected to continue into the fourth quarter. Demand for affordable smartphones in emerging markets fueled worldwide sales of smartphones in Q3 2015, according to Gartner, Inc. Global sales of smartphones…

Netlist, Samsung Form Partnership for Storage Memory

Irvine, Calif.– Netlist, Inc. (NASDAQ: NLST), today announced that it has entered into a five year Joint Development and License Agreement (the “Agreement”) with Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., to produce a new class of NVDIMM-P (NV-P) memory solutions based on Samsung’s industry leading NAND Flash and DRAM, and Netlist’s pioneering work on HyperVault®. The companies will work to create a standardized product interface to…

Yole: Flip Chip Investment Reboots in 2018

Due to the growth of the semiconductor business, the wider adoption of Cu pillar solutions and the introduction of flip chip technology for LED and CMOS image sensors (CIS) applications, the flip chip market is expanding. However, market research firm Yole Développement (Yole) expects flip chip capacity will max out by 2017, requiring new investment…

TCO Upgrades Sustainability Certification for IT Products

TCO Development today launched the latest generation TCO Certified sustainability certification for IT products. The revision includes new criteria for reducing hazardous non-halogenated flame retardant substances and replacing them with safer alternatives. First to certify product include displays from Eizo, Dell, Lenovo, LG and Samsung. “Today there are over 40,000 chemical substances on the market and the environmental and…

Apple Shortchanged Everyone on iPhone Memory

The design decisions of mega-OEMs like Apple Inc. can impact everyone in the electronics industry supply chain. Apple missed an opportunity to better serve its customers and suppliers when it did not increase the storage capacity of its entry-level smartphones in the latest update announced this week. Leaving the basic iPhone 6S and 6S-Plus with…