PC Outlook – Looking for stability
IoT news dominates the headlines, as do the market movements of smartphones and the question of smart device saturation in mature markets. Creeping more and more into industry news is the PC forecast, which, until recently, had been relegated to the negative news pile. Although much discussion has been tossed around regarding tablet cannibalization of the traditional PC market, laptops, notebooks, and desktops for enterprise use are not being displaced; their cycles have changed (see this Smith MarketWatch Quarterly report on early positive disruptions by smart devices).
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Select Components See Boosts as Supply Chain Gears Up for IoT Growth
One of the many positive aspects of the ongoing growth forecasted from Internet of Things (IoT) expansion, is the boost to individual components that particularly support the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) connectivity, wearable devices, and related systems and data storage and services. Some of the critical capabilities of wearables and IoT supporting devices are low power consumption, long battery life, low heat, light weight, and "smart" feature and data collection. These requirements particular favor sensors, notably microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), ultra-low-power serial flash memory, serial NOR, power management integrated circuits (PMIC), and next generation System-in-Package (SiP) and System-on-Chip (SoC) architectures are forecasted to grow, as EETimes discussed.
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