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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Device Demands Are Shifting Pillars of Semi Industry

shutterstock 94896391 (230x149)As the Consumer Electronics (CE), end-device market continues to change, we are seeing significant shifts in the global semiconductor and electronics supply chain. The growth of very different CE populations globally, and their new CE demands, has shifted the traditional focus of the semiconductor industry. Companies along the supply chain have been altering strategies to become more agile, to address the new diversification of the device market which is quickly expands.

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While Product Trends Vary, Semi Growth for 2014 Is Solid

shutterstock 87510166 (230x129)Heading towards the holiday sales period, we see the latest worldwide semiconductor sales data for 2014 from Gartner holding at a steady and sustainable pace forecast of 7.2%, year-over-year. We also see that inventories for handsets and other products has been more variable. The disconnect with overall, worldwide forecasts for the semiconductor and electronics industry in contrast with macro-economic variability and differing end-product demand levels has led to rather different experiences and views across the supply chain.

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NAND Continues to Dig New Foundations for Itself

shutterstock 188640731 (230x153)With its ever expanding set of applications, NAND flash memory is the most rapidly growing non-volatile memory product in the world. NAND can be found in smartphones, tablets, solid state drives (SSDs) and a wide range of other consumer products, including other devices that may or may not be associated with NAND as often. For example, low-density NAND such as NOR flash can be found in set top (STB) boxes, embedded products, home appliances, and other similar products.

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