CMOS Image Sensors Deliver High Growth

The CMOS image sensor market is on track to grow 15 percent in 2015, reaching $10.1 billion, after a strong increase of 19 percent in 2014, according to IC Insights. This is after only four percent growth in 2013 due to price erosion and inventory corrections in the camera phone market, said the market researcher.…

Managing Innovation and Innovating Management in Electronics

Managing innovation is not necessarily about product or component innovation – it is importantly also about knowing how to extend strategic models into new markets, whether geographic and/or business. Just as the semiconductor and electronics supply chain continues to diversify and penetrate more deeply into once niche markets (e.g., automotive, health and fitness, industrial automation,…

Flexible Displays Gain Market Share

While flexible displays enable a host of new applications – roll-up displays, for example – the things they don’t do are also appealing. Flexible displays – which can be made on substrates such as plastic –don’t break as easily as glass, for example. One of the issues that’s been holding advancement of this technology back…

IBM Alliance Creates World’s Tiniest Chip

An alliance led by IBM Research (NYSE:IBM) today announced that it has produced the semiconductor industry’s first 7nm (nanometer) node test chips with functioning transistors.  The breakthrough, accomplished in partnership with GlobalFoundries and Samsung at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (SUNY Poly CNSE), could result in the ability to place more than…

China Makes Inroads in TV Outsourcing

China is no longer a destination for offshoring — it is becoming more of an an outsourcing economy in its own right. Because certain TFT LCD panels were scarce in 2014, according to IHS, top TV brands turned to TV subcontract manufacturers in China. BOE and TCL were chosen for their semi-set outsourcing and original…

Samsung Expands CoB LED Packages

Seoul, Korea – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. introduced new chip-on-board (COB) LED packages, including small light emitting surface (LES) COB packages, high color rendering index (CRI) COBs, and vivid COBs. Samsung said the “COB packages offer outstanding color quality and scaled-down light emitting space, will provide a major design alternative for LED lighting makers.” The new…

Asia-Pacific LED Market to Reach $36B by 2020

Not surprisingly, Asia-Pacific is the largest market for LEDs in the world. The market in this region features aggressive expansion of production facilities by manufacturers as well as investment in infrastructure, according to a report by ApacMarket.com. The Asia-Pacific LED market is expected to reach $35.79 billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 15.7% during…

Top Semiconductor Suppliers Show Strong Growth in Q1

The semiconductor industry appears to be firing on all cylinders, experiencing good demand across multiple industries including automotive, communications, industrial, medical, and the emerging Internet of Things (IoT). The top 20 semiconductor manufacturers increased sales by nine percent in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the first quarter of last year, according to the…