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Smartphone Electronics Design Intelligence ServiceDevise winning strategies for smartphone design. This service features our proprietary database with details 15,000+ specifications of mobile handsets and our design forecast tool to see the forecast for shipment volumes by handset feature for the top 30 brands.Subscribers Only
Apple and Qualcomm licensing dispute – what lead to a patent war?October 13, 2017This insight article (second of two part series) analyzes Apple’s external and internal environment that contributed to a patent war against Qualcomm and the potential impact the patent war can have on the smartphone industry.Subscribers Only
Samsung Bets on Southeast Asia for Future GrowthJune 12, 2015Against a backdrop of saturating smartphone market, Samsung’s handset business is constantly challenged by Apple at the premium-end of the market and undercut by low-cost Chinese smartphone vendors at the low-to-mid end of the market.Subscribers Only
Industrial Chip Spending Continues to Outgrow Overall Semiconductor MarketApril 08, 2015The demand for industrial chips is rising in parallel with global economy upturn and new technology deployment. Since rebounding from the plunge in 2012, industrial OEMs spending on semiconductor devices has consistently outgrown overall semiconductor market. As market confidence rekindles and government and corporate capex picks up, the semiconductor spending for industrial applications is poised to reach new heights in the next two years.Subscribers Only
Sony is in stuck in the "Smartphone Catch-22", which all OEMs must navigateSeptember 18, 2014Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer Sony drastically lowered its financial outlook, increasing the loss it expects to make this financial year to 230 billion yen (approximately $2.15bn or €1.65bn). This is an increase of 180bn yen (approximately $1.67bn or €1.3bn) and Sony attributed the entire change to its mobile business unit. Sony now finds itself stuck in a "catch-22" situation where the prospects of it being successful at either the high-end of the smartphone market or the low-end are slim.Subscribers Only
Android One to give Google’s brand a boost in emerging marketsSeptember 15, 2014Google has launched its Android One initiative in India. The program aims to provide a high level of experience on low-end devices by supplying a standard reference design that will work with the latest version of Android. This aims to solve Android's fragmentation problems as well as stave off competition from Microsoft at the low end of the smartphone market.Subscribers Only
Global Chip Revenue Rises in 2013, Reversing Loss from Earlier Year; Memory and Wireless Lead the WayApril 23, 2014Total semiconductor revenue in 2013 reached $318.1 billion, up from $303.1 billion in 2012. Last year’s growth effectively reversed the disappointing 2.4 percent loss of 2012, when revenue contracted from $310.6 billion in 2011...
Industrial Electronics Chip Market Rebounds, Invigorated by Resurgent ActivityApril 11, 2014Powered by the freshly fueled gears of reviving economies, the global market for semiconductors used in industrial electronics applications overcame a serious fall in 2012 and roared back to life last year, boding well for an even more energetic 2014, according to a new report from IHS Technology
Driven by Apple and Samsung, Light Sensors Achieve Double-Digit Revenue GrowthJuly 30, 2013Light and proximity sensors in mobile handsets and tablets are set for expansive double-digit growth within a five-year period, thanks to increasing usage by electronic giants...
Cellphone Gray Market Goes Legit, As Sales Continue to DeclineJuly 24, 2013The gray market for cellphones will contract for the second consecutive year in 2013, with worldwide shipments dropping by 12 percent as both makers and buyers of these handsets turn...
Global Cellphone Gray Market Continues to DeclineShipments set to drop by double-digit percentage this year, following decrease in 2012July 18, 2013
The gray market for cellphones will contract for the second consecutive year in 2013, with worldwide shipments dropping by 12 percent. Shipments reached their peak in 2011 with a total of 250.4 million gray-market cellphones. But beginning last year, the market began to shrink, dropping to 221.5 million units. The deceleration will continue this year to 194.6 million units, followed by another steep fall to 173.8 million units in 2014. The decline will continue at least through 2017, when shipments will dwindle to 133.9 million units.
Global Memory Market to Suffer if North Korea Attacked the SouthSmartphones and PCs would be severely impacted; entire electronics chain would convulseApril 30, 2013
A worst-case scenario in which North Korea attacks its neighbor to the south and engulfs the region in war would inflict devastating damage to the global electronics supply chain, ravaging top memory producers Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix while crippling devices like smartphones and PCs. Fully 66 percent of industry revenue for the dynamic random access memory (DRAM) market, as well as 48 percent of total NAND flash revenue, belonged in 2012 to just the two South Korean memory titans.
NOR Prospects Still Down This Year, But Key Growth Areas Hold HopeRevenue is projected to shrink in 2013 as industry players reorient strategiesFebruary 19, 2013
The NOR segment of the flash memory industry will continue to suffer declines as revenue is projected to fall for a second consecutive year in 2013, according to an IHS iSuppli Flash Dynamics market brief from information and analytics provider IHS.
Revenue in 2013 for the NOR industry is forecast to dip to $3.40 billion, down from $3.47 billion last year and $4.34 billion in 2011. Revenue will contract a further 5 percent next year before starting to pick up in 2015 and 2016. Shipments this year, however, will rise to 4.83 billion units from 4.64 billion in 2012, as more NOR-enabled products help to mitigate the revenue drop.
Taiwanese Suffer Greatly Diluted Presence in Global DRAM MarketWafer allocations will take away huge chunk of capacityFebruary 06, 2013
The loss or reallocation of Taiwanese-branded dynamic random access memory (DRAM) wafer capacity will cause a shift this year in the global DRAM market, diluting the Taiwanese stamp but boosting the potential production capacity of other players like U.S.-based Micron Technology, according to an IHS iSuppli DRAM Dynamics brief from information and analytics provider IHS.
Taiwanese-branded DRAM capacity will amount to just 135,000 wafers per month (WPM) when the final quarter rolls around at the end of this year. Nanya Technology will account for about 60,000 WPM, with the rest divvied up among smaller Taiwanese producers such as Winbond Electronics and ProMOS.
Spansion Overtakes Micron in NOR Revenue for First Time Since 2009Overall NOR revenue to $837 million in Q2September 04, 2012Spansion Inc. during the second quarter surpassed NOR flash revenue leader Micron Technology Inc. for the first time in three years, as the once-bankrupt company demonstrated strength in several memory-related efforts during the period, according to an IHS iSuppli Mobile & Embedded Memory market brief from information and analytics provider IHS.
California-based Spansion for the second quarter came in ahead of guidance with $233 million in revenue, up from $219 million in the earlier quarter. It was the first time that Spansion headed industry revenue since the first quarter of 2009, and its return to the top sent former leader Micron, of Idaho, tumbling to the runner-up spot. Micron, in tandem with the operations of Numonyx—its 2010 acquisition—counted revenue estimated at $217 million, down from $221 million.
The other major players of the NOR flash market included Macronix International with $120 million, up from $105 million; Winbond Electronics Corp. with $95 million, up from $76 million; and Eon Silicon Solution with $24 million, down from $25 million. The three are headquartered in Taiwan.
Taiwan Firms Quashed Rivals and Ruled TV SoC Market in 2011MStar and MediaTek trumped US outﬁts; several players exited market altogetherFebruary 27, 2012Taiwanese semiconductor chip suppliers MStar Semiconductor Inc. and MediaTek Inc. rose to near-total dominance of the TV video processor market during 2011 given their strong ties to Chinese manufacturers and a clear product strategy, as several key players—including powerful Intel Corp.—bowed out of the race to supply advanced television chip solutions, according to an IHS iSuppli Display Electronics topical report from information and analysis provider IHS.