2014 Semiconductor Health Viewed from the IC Market and Sector Growth

shutterstock 160369865 (230x142)Year to date there are signs of sustainable growth for the semiconductor and electronics industry in general. Consumer confidence, while always open to vacillation, has generally improved as witnessed by demand for consumer electronics (CE) devices, such as the most recent offerings by mobile device OEMs. CE is not the only source of this year's growth, industrial automation and communication both are driving increases in equipment spending as the IC market continues to see demand grow globally.

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Smartphone Architecture – Exploring competitive strategies in an ocean of similarities

shutterstock 172358894 (230x230)Both Samsung and Apple are releasing their latest flagship smartphones over the next week and both are spearheading the global, leading-edge, smartphone device category. Both OEMs are using 20nm System-on-Chip (SoC) architectures in their leading devices as a feature differentiator. Interestingly, as EETimes highlights, "these companies used the new process node in different ways." Other smartphone OEMs, such as ZTE, are also releasing new devices this month with similarities in features, begging the question, what is it that consumers are seeking in smartphones?

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Revisiting the CE Demand Market – What does the iPhone 6 mean for smartphones?

shutterstock 164579336 (230x230)How can we not stop to ask this question? I have to admit that I have been part of the bell-ringers tolling the moment at which high-end (meaning high-priced) smartphones really have met their saturation points and that the global consumer audience is really demanding other devices than the one-upping components, features, displays, and the still next greater dose of memory. The global consumer market is not just about developed market purchases that broach or exceed US $500 for a smartphone, particularly when options for similar (not the same) devices at half or less than half the price are available and service options are broad.

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Apple Changes Everything – Again: It's not just about components but unique experiences

shutterstock 202426702 (230x230)The anticipated event of the fall just came to a close; Apple's biggest unveiling since the landmark products of the Mac PC with a mouse, the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Not only has Apple entered the wearables consumer electronics (CE) market with the new AppleWatch, due out in early 2015, but they have changed the way that CE devices, and especially wearables, will be evaluated going forward.

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Is Bigger Smarter? IFA opens intense round of global CE competition

shutterstock 25336501 (230x144)The unveilings are coming in at record pace this week with IFA 2014 in Berlin being the global stage for these announcements.

In the top-tier device category, we've seen Samsung's latest Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 (Forbes review) unveilings as well as very long list of other leading OEMs: Lenovo (ComputerWorld review), Microsoft (MobileWorld review), HTC (PCWorld review), Sony (MobileWorld review), ZTE (MobileWorld review), among numerous others.

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