Display IP Drives Foxconn-Sharp Deal

Ongoing consolidation has me sometimes feeling that the semiconductor and electronics industry is a shrinking group of major corporations representing leading sectors. The headlining M&A story of the year—so far– is the Foxconn-Sharp merger penned at the beginning of April, but which began in 2012. The seesaw story of Sharp’s financial troubles plagued the company for…

IHS: Foxconn-Sharp Deal Creates TFT-LCD Production Powerhouse

David Hsieh, Senior Director, IHS Technology Key Points: The boards of Foxconn and Sharp yesterday approved a takeover plan valued at USD3.5 billion. Through its subsidiaries, Innolux and Century, Foxconn is a leading supplier of thin film transistor liquid crystal displays (TFT LCDs). It is already the largest component supplier, systems integrator and subcontract manufacturer for many of the world’s leading…

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.…

Hisense to Acquire Sharp TV Factory

Qingdao, China — Hisense Group and Sharp announced that Hisense will be purchasing all equity and assets of Sharp’s TV factory in Mexico for $23.7 million with rights to use the “Sharp” brand name and all its channel resources in both North and South American regions. This acquisition will have Hisense completely taking over Sharp’s TV business in these regions.…

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…

Japanese Companies Top LCD Equipment Ranking

New Tripoli, Pa. – The TFT-LCD equipment market has been on a roller coaster ride for the past ten years, as Japanese companies dominate the industry, according to the report LCD Market: Technology Directions and Market Analysis, recently published by The Information Network (www.theinformationnet.com), a New Tripoli, PA-based market research company. AKT, a subsidiary of Applied Materials, was the…