Electronica 2014 – Embedded systems among key topics taking center stage

shutterstock 61567201In less than two weeks, the focus will turn to electronica 2014 in Munich, Germany. Among this year's focus trends include embedded electronics and systems. These are rich topics that are dramatically moving both the world and the semiconductor and electronics industry in new directions supporting growth and continued innovation.

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Some of NAND’s Favorite Things Come In Groups of Three

three-phones23D NAND has been in the memory headlines a lot this year.  Samsung took the reins last August with their 24-layer 128Gb flash.  This past May, they announced a 32-layer chip used in their high-end solid state drives (SSDs) targeted towards data centers and high-end computers.  With their quick advancements in this arena, Samsung seems very confident about the future of 3D NAND.  By 2015, they are predicting up to 20% growth in this segment.  When compared to the production timetables available from Toshiba/Sandisk (2015) and Hynix (2016), Samsung has the clear edge in this market.
 

Will Apple Pay Widen NFC and Mobile Payment for Consumer Electronics?

shutterstock 89116477Today marks the first day that Apple's Apple Pay goes live and there are industry hopes that with this leading OEM having paved relationships with major corporations (financial, retail, services, etc.), Near Field Communications (NFC) will finally take off.

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High-End Mobile Competition Heats Up for Apple, Google and Samsung – New markets to follow suit?

shutterstock 200636516 (1) (230x204)This week was a busy one for releases and announcements in the high-end, smart device market. Just when we were getting used to the regular industry buzz around movement away from the highest-priced, top tier, smart phones and tablet PCs, in favor of the next wave of growth through emerging and developing economy markets, we've seen a fall flurry of high-end device releases.

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Fast Growth for Smart, Connected Home Market – Devices and components see volume increase

shutterstock 152578406 (230x182)The anticipation and excitement is still there for all types of innovative (fun!) technology for the home, and that is exactly what is helping to fuel Consumer Electronics (CE) momentum in the Connected Home markets. This week a new CE product, August Smart Lock, entered the Apple retail storm and took many mainstream media headlines. While the CE home automation and connected/smart home offerings hold the interest of all of us, what we know from IHS data is that the global market for consumer broadband in the home is set to see a 20% growth year-over-year for 2014 versus 2013, marking the highest growth year in four years.

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