3D NAND Quickly Moving Through Adolescence

construction1Q15 is quickly coming to a close and it is hard to believe there are only nine months left in 2015. Keeping pace with the speed of this year is the continual progress of the 3D NAND flash sector. We all know that Samsung led the way as the first company to begin mass production of the new 3D chips. Micron is finally jumping in this month with the announcement  of their first 3D samples coming soon. Together with Intel, Micron is planning to offer commercial production of their chips in 2H15 using a newly-expanded NAND fab in Singapore. The new space will allow for gradual expansion depending on market feedback plus opportunities to manufacture other memory and storage products.

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SXSW 2015 and Electronica China: Strong momentum driven by innovation & competition

electronica china 2This week closes two innovative trade shows for the industry: South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas and Electronica China 2015 in Shanghai, China. While these are very different events that Smith & Associates' teams have attended, they highlight an important and central characteristic of the 2015 year to date: innovation and competition that are driving interest in the semiconductor and electronics industry are exceptionally strong and growing. From these events, our local teams have reported back on the number of new markets that are gaining momentum and with them the need for increased services along with new supply chain connections that are required to support innovation and improve margins in an ever-increasing competitive arena.

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Electronica China 2015: Regional market expansions are 2015+ story

electronica smith teamThe positive market movement we are seeing for the semiconductor and electronics industry rests not just on the proliferation of the smart devices that are extending growth but importantly the regional expansion of growth across various markets and sectors including consumer, industrial, medical, automotive, automation, networks and servers. At Electronica China 2015, March 17-19 in Shanghai, regional leaders and innovators are gathering to collaborate in order to realize the growth potential that is possible this year and forward. Electronica China, now in its 13th year, has truly matured, much as the regional Asian market in which it is located, as our Smith team at Booth 3172 explains.

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Data Support World Semiconductor Growth Continues Across Many Strong Markets

globe (3)Moving into the second quarter (2Q15), there's good reason to continue the optimism for 2015 growth, and impressively, that outlook covers a wide swath of chip markets, as confirmed by leading industry and data analysts. The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) released today their final 2014 market figures confirming the growth of 9.9% for the year over 2013, and expectations for continued growth in 2015 and 2016.

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Watching Wearables Take Off as New Engineering Resets 2015 Tech Stage

board  (22)Now that International CES, MWC, and yesterday's Apple event are over, we can really take stock of where the reality (vs. the dream) for device and engineering sights are set for 2015. Between the three events, we've seen pretty much all there is to see in terms of announcements and unveilings for 2015's first quarter, and probably first half. So, what's there to think about? A few things, really, in terms of broader trends that will impact how devices are targeted from an engineering and a user perspective.

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