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Apple and Qualcomm licensing dispute – what lead to a patent war?October 13, 2017This insight article (second of two part series) analyzes Apple’s external and internal environment that contributed to a patent war against Qualcomm and the potential impact the patent war can have on the smartphone industry.Subscribers Only
Mid and Low-end Smartphone drove the shipment growth of SamsungNovember 02, 2015Samsung grew revenue and profit in Q3 2015 on the back of improving mid and low end smartphone shipments. M Business unit which includes smartphone business posted 26.61 trillion Korean won (KRW) revenue in Q3'15. This is up 8% YoY and 2% QoQ. Operating profit was 2.4 trillion KRW, which reflects 9% of margin rate.Subscribers Only
Sony bets on mobile 4K display technology to boost handset businessSeptember 09, 2015Sony is attempting to revive its troubling mobile business by kick-starting a new 4K smartphone trend with the display technology that has been perfected on its TV product. At the 2015 IFA, Sony announced a new series of Xperia smartphones including the Z5 Premium, Z5, and Z5 Compact.Subscribers Only
Orange's new smartphone will drive 4G adoption in EuropeSeptember 02, 2015Mobile operator Orange has launched a range of new smartphone aimed at lowering the barrier to entry to 4G. The devices range in price between €79 and €239 and will be on sale across all of Orange's European footprint.Subscribers Only
Samsung’s long awaited Tizen launch will not ruffle Google’s feathersJanuary 16, 2015Samsung is finally launching a smartphone powered by its homemade operating system, Tizen. Samsung is launching the Z1 exclusively in India. Unusually for an OS launch product, the Z1 does not feature high-end hardware to show off the new software. Despite the launch, IHS does not believe that Tizen will make a significant impact on the smartphone market. It is much more likely that Tizen's impact will be felt in the wearables market.Subscribers Only
Samsung on the defensive embarks on cost cutting initiativesNovember 19, 2014Samsung has announced two moves aimed at reducing its cost base as it struggles to maintain its level of profitability and its market share. Samsung is moving more manufacturing to Vietnam and reducing the number of different devices in its portfolio next year. Samsung has come under intense pressure from low cost smartphone brands such as Xiaomi and Micromax in emerging markets which has stalled its growth.Subscribers Only
Sony is in stuck in the "Smartphone Catch-22", which all OEMs must navigateSeptember 18, 2014Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer Sony drastically lowered its financial outlook, increasing the loss it expects to make this financial year to 230 billion yen (approximately $2.15bn or €1.65bn). This is an increase of 180bn yen (approximately $1.67bn or €1.3bn) and Sony attributed the entire change to its mobile business unit. Sony now finds itself stuck in a "catch-22" situation where the prospects of it being successful at either the high-end of the smartphone market or the low-end are slim.Subscribers Only
Home Appliance Market Trends - IFA Show - 2014September 17, 2014Emerging trends within home appliance industry as witnessed at IFA 2014.Subscribers Only
Samsung's first Tizen smartphone is the first step to an Android divorceJune 13, 2014Samsung launched the Samsung Z smartphone in Russia. While Samsung's first Tizen smartphone is small scale, the move demonstrates how Samsung is seeking to reduce its dependency on Android. There are numerous challenges for Samsung, not least creating an app ecosystem which makes Tizen a compelling smartphone.
Global Chip Revenue Rises in 2013, Reversing Loss from Earlier Year; Memory and Wireless Lead the WayApril 23, 2014Total semiconductor revenue in 2013 reached $318.1 billion, up from $303.1 billion in 2012. Last year’s growth effectively reversed the disappointing 2.4 percent loss of 2012, when revenue contracted from $310.6 billion in 2011...
Industrial Electronics Chip Market Rebounds, Invigorated by Resurgent ActivityApril 11, 2014Powered by the freshly fueled gears of reviving economies, the global market for semiconductors used in industrial electronics applications overcame a serious fall in 2012 and roared back to life last year, boding well for an even more energetic 2014, according to a new report from IHS Technology
TriQuint: Presence grows in Korea, but will market share?November 13, 2013Coming off a record quarter in September, TriQuint announced a new design center in South Korea. The company hopes that having an increased engineering presence in Korea will facilitate “collaboration on technology innovation and future product design” between it and its customers there. In its 2012 10-K regulatory filing TriQuint had listed 6,700 square feet (ft²) of leased space used for “Engineering and Marketing” in Korea. This recent announcement highlights an expansion of the company’s presence in Korea and a push to win more business with the two large handset OEMs based in that country. TriQuint’s major competitors all had a Korean presence as of their latest regulatory filings as well.Subscribers Only
Driven by Apple and Samsung, Light Sensors Achieve Double-Digit Revenue GrowthJuly 30, 2013Light and proximity sensors in mobile handsets and tablets are set for expansive double-digit growth within a five-year period, thanks to increasing usage by electronic giants...
Auto MEMS Sensors to Keep Expanding toward Banner Growth in 2014Safety mandates in cars like ESC and TPMS will be the main driversJuly 15, 2013Sales of automotive microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensors are expected to reach a high-water mark in two years as car-safety mandates come to full maturity and achieve maximum saturation...
Combo MEMS Inertial Sensors Motor Their Way to Brisk Growth in the Automotive MarketMay 13, 2013Combo microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors for automotive applications are off to another exhilarating ride this year as revenue continues to climb, spurred by rapidly...
Disruption in Korean Production Could Have Catastrophic Impact on Global Electronics BusinessApril 30, 2013What would happen if half of all global production for dynamic random access memory (DRAM), two-thirds of NAND flash manufacturing and 70 percent of the world’s tablet display supply...
Global Memory Market to Suffer if North Korea Attacked the SouthSmartphones and PCs would be severely impacted; entire electronics chain would convulseApril 30, 2013
A worst-case scenario in which North Korea attacks its neighbor to the south and engulfs the region in war would inflict devastating damage to the global electronics supply chain, ravaging top memory producers Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix while crippling devices like smartphones and PCs. Fully 66 percent of industry revenue for the dynamic random access memory (DRAM) market, as well as 48 percent of total NAND flash revenue, belonged in 2012 to just the two South Korean memory titans.
NOR Prospects Still Down This Year, But Key Growth Areas Hold HopeRevenue is projected to shrink in 2013 as industry players reorient strategiesFebruary 19, 2013
The NOR segment of the flash memory industry will continue to suffer declines as revenue is projected to fall for a second consecutive year in 2013, according to an IHS iSuppli Flash Dynamics market brief from information and analytics provider IHS.
Revenue in 2013 for the NOR industry is forecast to dip to $3.40 billion, down from $3.47 billion last year and $4.34 billion in 2011. Revenue will contract a further 5 percent next year before starting to pick up in 2015 and 2016. Shipments this year, however, will rise to 4.83 billion units from 4.64 billion in 2012, as more NOR-enabled products help to mitigate the revenue drop.
Taiwanese Suffer Greatly Diluted Presence in Global DRAM MarketWafer allocations will take away huge chunk of capacityFebruary 06, 2013
The loss or reallocation of Taiwanese-branded dynamic random access memory (DRAM) wafer capacity will cause a shift this year in the global DRAM market, diluting the Taiwanese stamp but boosting the potential production capacity of other players like U.S.-based Micron Technology, according to an IHS iSuppli DRAM Dynamics brief from information and analytics provider IHS.
Taiwanese-branded DRAM capacity will amount to just 135,000 wafers per month (WPM) when the final quarter rolls around at the end of this year. Nanya Technology will account for about 60,000 WPM, with the rest divvied up among smaller Taiwanese producers such as Winbond Electronics and ProMOS.
NAND Flash Market Posts Glowing Q3 ResultsOperating profits for all players move into positive groundDecember 10, 2012
The NAND flash market staged a successful turnaround in the third quarter, as improved demand and significant production cuts brought the industry’s supply and demand balance into better alignment, according to an IHS Flash Memory market brief from information and analytics provider IHS.
NAND revenue rose to $4.5 billion, up 5 percent from $4.3 billion in the second quarter, with industrywide operating profits nearly doubling from $159.2 million to $350.9 million. The strong results marked a satisfying reversal of the sharp downturn suffered in the earlier quarter, when revenue had tumbled from $5.0 billion at the beginning of the year in the January to March period. Results from the most recent quarter also showed industry operating profit margin rising to 7.6 percent, up from 3.6 percent.