Paul Erickson

Paul Erickson

Paul Erickson is a senior analyst with the IHS consumer electronics group. With over 13 years of technology industry experience, Erickson's topical experience as an analyst has included consumer electronics, pay & broadcast TV, digital content, DVD and Blu-ray Disc, HD broadcasting and services, digital set-top boxes, IPTV, over-the-top video hardware and services, home audio, advanced user interface technologies, and digital rights management.
His current subject areas are connected devices, over-the-top video hardware, multiscreen delivery and consumption, network audio devices, and the evolution of user interface technology within consumer devices. He is part of the team driving Connected Devices research within the Broadband Technology Intelligence service.

Prior to joining IHS, he worked as a competitive intelligence and strategy analyst within the enterprise software sector for IBM and Vignette Corporation, as well as consulted on a number of independent projects for Dell, Compaq, Silicon Graphics and AT&T. Erickson is also formerly the Director of DVD and HD Market Research at DisplaySearch, and was featured at the 2009 International CES as one of three expert panelists speaking at the Blu-ray Disc Association press conference, alongside fellow IHS colleague and Director / Senior Principal Analyst Tom Adams.

He has been quoted in a variety of industry publications and news outlets, including USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, the BBC, Reuters, Associated Press, NPR, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, CNN, BusinessWeek, Variety, Bloomberg, Wired, Home Media Magazine, PC World, CNET, Stuff, CE Pro and Cable & Satellite International.

He also holds a B.S. in International Business from Georgetown University, an M.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin, and can converse in English, Spanish, German, Mandarin Chinese, and Taiwanese.


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Samsung Bets Big on All Things Audio with Harman Acquisition – What Are the Implications in Home Audio?

In November 2016, Samsung announced the acquisition of audio industry stalwart Harman International for $8 billion in cash. The deal is Samsung’s largest acquisition ever, and gives the company instant entry into the OEM in-car entertainment market. Under the terms of the deal, Harman would continue to operate as a separate subsidiary, retaining its own brand as well as brands under its umbrella such as JBL, AKG, Harmon Kardon, Infinity, Crown Audio, Martin Professional, Mark Levinson, Revel, Becker, and Lexicon.

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Mobile, Consumer & Connected Devices
Smart Speakers Report - 2016

The standalone powered speaker has gone through several evolutions, and up until recently, Wi-Fi multi-room speakers were the most advanced example of the product category for consumers. As the smart home market continues to evolve and coalesce around standards and ecosystems, and as ecosystem owners compete for a foothold in the connected home, the Smart Speaker was born.

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Mobile, Consumer & Connected Devices Semiconductors
Google Home Trumps Amazon Echo with Deeper Ecosystem, More Powerful Virtual Assistance, and Cheaper Price; Google Assistant Will Quickly Surpass Alexa with Mainstream Consumers
Google Home Trumps Amazon Echo with Deeper Ecosystem, More Powerful Virtual Assistance, and Cheaper Price; Google Assistant Will Quickly Surpass Alexa with Mainstream Consumers

Today, Google announced the $129 Google Home connected speaker, a competitor to Amazon’s $149 Echo speaker and Alexa virtual assistant. It combines Google Cast audio compatibility with far-field voice recognition and always-on access to Google Assistant, the company’s successor to Google Now. As a Wi-Fi connected speaker, Google Home can receive audio via Google Cast, features full-range drivers with dual passive radiators, has a capacitive control surface on top, and has six different options for its interchangeable bases. A multiple microphone array and far-field voice recognition allows users to initiate Google Assistant from across a room, via the familiar “Ok Google” phrase.

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Mobile, Consumer & Connected Devices Enterprise & IT
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