September 3, 2014

Is Silicon Wafer Pricing on Its Way Up Again?

The 2013 market for semiconductor silicon wafers totaled $7.5B, down 16% from 2012, according to a new report, “Silicon Wafers for Semiconductor Device Processing 2014 – Critical Materials Report.” The 2014 outlook is for 1% growth to $7.7B. The silicon wafer market is expected to grow to $8.7B by 2015, according to Techcet Research Group. The current outlook is positive for 2H14 as compared with 1Q14, with growth anticipated in all wafer diameters and all major market segments.

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New Electronics Assembly Standards IPC J-STD-001F and IPC-A-610F Revisions Cover More Advanced Technologies

Electronics Assembly Standards IPC J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610 Updated ‘F’ Revisions Cover More Advanced Technologies  IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® has released the F revisions of two of the industry’s most widely used standards,  IPC J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies, and IPC-A-610 Acceptability of Electronics Assemblies. The documents have been updated to include technical advances in solder on plastic surface mount (SMT) components, new criteria for P-style and solder-charged Butt/I SMT terminations, a change to void criteria for BGAs, and enhancements to the language within the documents to provide ease of use and clarity. New photos facilitate further understanding….

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Physical Security Market Worth $87.95 Billion by 2019

New market research report “Physical Security Market by System and Services (Access Control, IP Video Surveillance Management Software, Locks, PSIM, Perimeter Intrusion Detection, System Integration, and Designing and Consulting) – Worldwide Forecast & Analysis (2014 – 2019)”  focuses on the type of systems and services that are used to provide physical security. This report also enumerates the key factors that are driving growth in this market along with restraints and new opportunities for growth. The market for physical security has been segmented by security systems such as access controls, biometrics scanners, locks, video surveillance, and physical security information management software…

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Image Sensor Market is Expected to Grow at a CAGR of 8.06% from 2014 to 2020

Image sensor is a vital part of any imaging device that converts the optical information into electrical signals. In 1960s, image sensors have gone through several technological advancements due to the continuous demand in the market for higher resolution, smaller form factor and lower power consumption. Image sensors are being widely used in consumer sector like for digital cameras, mobile phones, tablet PC camcorders and so on. Other application area for image sensor is medical diagnosis, fault detection, visual feedback to controller, surveillance, infotainment, and entertainment since decades. Technology is never constant. Earlier, analog film based sensors and phosphor plates…

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Competition for Graphene: Researchers Demonstrate Ultrafast Charge Transfer in New Family of 2-D Semiconductors

A new argument has just been added to the growing case for graphene being bumped off its pedestal as the next big thing in the high-tech world by the two-dimensional semiconductors known as MX2 materials.Illustration of a MoS2/WS2 heterostructure with a MoS2 monolayer lying on top of a WS2 monolayer. Electrons and holes created by light are shown to separate into different layers. (Image courtesy of Feng Wang group) An international collaboration of researchers led by a scientist with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has reported the first experimental observation of ultrafast charge…

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IPC-8701 – First Manufacturing Acceptability Standard for Photovoltaic (Solar) Module Assemblies Debuts

IPC-8701 Acceptability specs will help provide infrastructure for solar panel assembly Solar panels have been in volume production for quite some time, but there are still just a limited number of standards to help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and electronics manufacturing service (EMS) companies determine whether completed modules meet design and assembly requirements. IPC recently published the first document to set common acceptance criteria for finished assemblies.

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FOD Prevention in Electronics Assembly

The reliability and functionality of electronic devices can be severely affected by foreign objects and debris (FOD). To help industry eliminate FOD issues, IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries®  has released a training video, DVD-172C, “FOD Prevention in Electronics Assembly.”  The training video provides information and techniques to help eliminate FOD during electronics assembly, including hand soldering, surface mount technology and plated-through hole assembly processes and box build/wire assembly. In addition, DVD-172C explains the six steps of proper housekeeping, and covers tool control, hardware control, material handling as well as electrostatic discharge prevention.             “It’s a manufacturer’s responsibility to ensure that all…

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Global Sale of Hybrid and Pure Electric Cars Will Triple to $178.9 Billion in 2024

E-cars are oversupplied and changing in all respects but in this frenzy of birth and death the future is being created with hybrid cars rapidly gaining market share now and sale of pure electric cars likely to take off in the second half of the coming decade as certain technical and cost challenges are resolved. Toyota and Tesla have hugely benefited from correct market positioning but now Toyota is betting strongly on fuel cell hybrids and Tesla on mainstream pure electric cars – both graveyards for many companies in the past. A vicious shakeout of car and battery manufacturers has…

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Printed and Flexible Sensors Market Opportunities

Opportunities in established and emerging markets Printed and flexible sensors market already represented a value of $6.3 billion in 2013. The biggest market is currently biosensors, where disposable glucose test strips are used to improve the lives of diabetics. However, other types of printed sensors are emerging, taking advantage of the latest materials. By 2024, these emerging applications will take a significant share of the total printed sensor market: Relative market size for printed and flexible sensors in 2024 Source: Printed and Flexible Sensors 2014-2024: Technologies, Players, Forecasts IDTechEx research group expects new hybrid CMOS image sensors to quickly become the…

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Robotics Market Shares And Market Forecasts

Robots — Markets Reach $171.7 Billion By 2020. — ELECTRONICS.CA PUBLICATIONS announces the availability of a new study “Robotics Market Shares, Strategy, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2014 to 2020″. The 2014 study has 1191 pages, 607 tables and figures. Worldwide robotics markets are increasingly diversified, poised to achieve significant growth as every industry segment adopts mobile automated process new companies get more businesses test for substance abuse. The robots are taking over, they have remote control to control a device to make it do what you want.

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