Buyers: DRAM Prices to Rise 10% in Q4

Contract DRAM prices increased by five percent in the third quarter of 2017, compared to the previous quarter, driving record quarterly revenues for DRAM makers, according to DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce. Due to continued tight supply and limited bit supply growth, DRAM revenue increased 16.2 percent sequentially. The market outlook for the fourth quarter indicates…

Automotive Lighting: LEDs Deliver Greater Functionality

LED adoption is driving growth and advanced functionality in automotive lighting, which is starting to trickle down from high-end to mid-range and low-end vehicles, according to a new report from Yole Développement (Yole) . The research firm expects the market to reach about $27.5 billion in 2017, up from $25.7 billion in 2016. Yole forecasts the automotive…

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Watch for More Consolidation in the Power Electronics Industry

Could merger mania be headed to the power electronics industry? The acquisition of IXYS by Littelfuse may mark the start of industry consolidation in the mature insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) market, according to Yole Développement. Yole analysts believe the leading position of Infineon is forcing IGBT suppliers to bolster their technical expertise and market position…

Power Semiconductors: Lead Times Continue to Stretch

Lead times for power discrete semiconductors, including MOSFETs, diodes, rectifiers and thyristors, have stretched significantly in 2017 due to increased demand particularly from automotive and industrial applications, according to market experts. For some devices, lead times have stretched to 24 to 30 weeks. Diodes, rectifiers, and low- and high-voltage MOSFETs are currently posing the biggest…

Fingerprint Sensing Unlocks Biometrics Market

Biometric technology covers finger, hand, face, eye, voice and even vein scans, which can be used across a variety of security applications such as industrial, homeland/security, consumer, and healthcare. However, consumer electronics, particularly smartphones, is driving biometrics development with fingerprint sensing leading the way, according to Yole Développement (Yole).  The consumer market for biometrics is…

Yole: Organic Displays Still Seeking Scale

Vendors in the organic display technologies market are taking a page from the semiconductor industry and are developing toolkits that enable the manufacturing of organic displays on existing equipment, according to Yole Développement (Yole). This capability could mean the difference between widespread adoption of organic display technology or its limitation to niche markets. “The OSC [organic semiconductor]…