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May 2015

NFC: Security at Hand 2015 Update

NFC is known around the world as the enabling technology for easy payments, ticketing and access control.  It is quickly becoming a key part of the growth of the Internet of Things as well.  Qualcomm recently announced that it will include NXP’s NFC solution in the Snapdragon processor platform which powers mobile devices, wearables, and automotives.  A new Semico Research report, NFC:  Security at Hand 2015 Update, reports growth in these markets will fuel a 25.7% CAGR in NFC from 2014 to 2020.

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Tony Massimini to speak in webinar on Sensor Fusion and the Role of MEMS in IoT

Semico Research's Tony Massimini will participate in a webinar titled "Sensor Fusion and the Role of MEMS in IoT".  The other speakers will be Marcellino Gemelli from Bosch Sensortec and Karen Lightman of the MEMS Industry Group.  The webinar will take place on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 1:00pm EST and is free to attend.  To register, please click here.  For more information, please visit Solid State Technology at:

Rich Wawrzyniak to Speak on Mentor Panel at DAC 2015

Semico's Rich Wawrzyniak will participate on a panel at Mentor Graphic's DAC booth, Wednesday June 10, 2015, at 4pm.  The title of the panel is "The IC Design Waterfall:  How Advanced Design Techniques Are Now a Requirement at Established Nodes".  

NXP Key Partnerships for IoT

NXP Key Partnerships for IoT

On May 5, 2015 NXP made two important announcements. NXP is partnering with Xiaomi to make smart home products.  In a separate announcement, Qualcomm will use NXP’s NFC and embedded secure element technology across the Snapdragon processor family.

Xiaomi is a fast growing Chinese consumer electronics firm. It is offering the Xiaomi Smart Home Suite which includes four wireless products: a motion sensor, door and window sensors, a wireless switching device for controlling appliances, and a multifunctional gateway that wirelessly links all the components together using ZigBee Wi-Fi interconnectivity.

Qualcomm and NXP are looking to expand NFC into new markets outside of smartphones, such as consumer electronics, automotive, home automation, smart appliances, personal computing and wearables.

Semico Spin

NXP has been deeply involved with the Internet of Things (IoT) since it first emerged. Partnering with Xiaomi will help develop the more effective Smart Home IoT.  Semico has forecasted that by 2020 there will be 36 billion connected devices worldwide. About half of these will be in smart home applications and the largest market will be in China. NXP is positioning itself for this trend.

Semico Wafer Demand: April 2015 Highlights

2015 is expected to be another good year for overall semiconductor revenues, units and wafer demand.  Semiconductor units will grow 9% while wafer demand is forecast to grow by over 10%.  The main reason for the increase in wafer demand is due to double-digit increases in DRAM, NAND, MOS Logic Communications, Other MOS Logic and Optoelectronics.  According to Semico Research's new Wafer Demand: April 2015 Data and Highlights report, this activity will result in an overall 10% growth rate in the market.

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IoT Under Threat, Says Semico Research

Connectivity and interoperability are key elements for the IoT. The goal is to generate data from many end nodes in products and devices. These are physical objects with unique IP addresses. Consumers want products and services that will enhance and improve their lifestyles. The forecast for the number of connected devices is expected to reach 36 billion units by 2020.

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