2014 Semiconductor Health Viewed from the IC Market and Sector Growth
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
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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