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  • Aging in Place: The Internet of Things for the Golden Years

    We are a society that is growing older by the minute.  By 2030, there will be over 72 million people over the age 65 in North America alone.  And one thing is certain: none of the elderly want to end up in a nursing home.  In fact, elderly who can avoid lengthy nursing home stays, on average, have a median household wealth that is 1,130% greater than those who have stayed in a nursing home over 180 days. 

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  • MEMS and Controllers: Dynamics of Competition

    MEMS and microcontrollers work closely together in many applications. In the simplest case, a sensor provides an input to an MCU. The sensor will detect an activity or condition in the environment and convert this to a signal that the MCU uses for its algorithm. In some cases the MCU may drive a MEMS such as an actuator.

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  • Mobile Healthcare: New Technology for a Healthy Lifestyle

    The healthcare market is a large and complex machine that needs regulatory input from governments, expert input from healthcare providers, cost input from health insurers, and end-result data from consumers. Each of these segments over the next few years will be pushing and pulling new technologies to completely overhaul the worldwide view on healthcare. Semico's new report on mobile healthcare examines these issues, including Big Data and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and much more.

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  • Sensor Fusion: The Elements are Converging

    Sensor fusion has become an important feature for many portable devices, in particular smartphones, tablets and the emerging Ultraportable PCs.

    In fact, sensor fusion is required by Windows 8 for all tablet PCs and all convertible Ultrabooks, and recommended for clamshell Ultrabooks. Intel offers reference platforms for tablets and Ultrabooks that include a sensor hub block connected directly to the CPU. Many advanced applications are enabled by sensor fusion, including geo-fencing, gesture controls and context awareness.

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  • NFC: Security at Hand

    Near Field Communication, or NFC, is a short-range wireless communication technology. The “coolness” factor is very high, and the technology has been proven for years, yet it has failed to gain much traction. It may be on the verge of exploding, however. Semico Research has just released a report, NFC: Security at Hand, that covers what the technology is, what competitors it has, who the major players are in the market, and what the major target applications are.

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  • Augmented Reality: Envision a More Intelligent World

    Augmented Reality is a disruptive technology that is going to influence almost every aspect of our technological life. It is still in its infancy and is often looked upon as gimmicky or promotional, but it is going to drive innovation within the gaming, medical, mobile, automotive, and manufacturing markets. Semico’s latest report, Augmented Reality: Envision a More Intelligent World, provides an in-depth look into this technology and its impact on the market. Semico forecasts that revenues related to this technology will approach $600 billion by 2016.

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  • MEMS Energy Harvesting: An Early Growing Season

    Energy harvesting holds great interest for many applications which involve powering of remote devices, portable products or applications that are difficult to power or replace the battery. The energy harvester is either the primary power source or it is used for extending battery life. The non-MEMS solutions have been used for many years in such things as military applications, industrial applications and in remote monitoring for oil and gas industry.

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  • The Time Has Come For MEMS Oscillators

    The MEMS oscillator market is still at a nascent stage. It represents less than one percent of the total timing market of $6,3 billion. Nevertheless, the potential growth of MEMS oscillators continues to attract more vendors. There are currently nine vendors shipping MEMS oscillators. Two more have announced they will start shipping later in 2012. More are expected to jump into this market. The MEMS oscillator has to compete with the long established quartz crystal oscillators. MEMS oscillators offer several advantages over quartz devices.

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  • Mobile Devices: The Great Semiconductor Migration

    In previous forecast periods, there have been dozens of products that have lead innovation within semiconductors. Affectionately called "Splitters" by our Senior VP Morry Marshall, consumers have historically demanded a variety of mobile devices to fit their needs.

    No more. We're in a revolutionary period of content distribution and as the old saying goes, content is king. To adapt, OEMs are going to need new strategies that understand not only how to market to consumers, but how their needs are evolving, and how they can foresee solutions.

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  • Analog Market Trends: Fourth Quarter 2011

    When you think of profitable semiconductor categories, what comes to your mind? In a good year, NAND and DRAM can be very profitable. Considering Intel's size and position in the market, Micro Logic would be another good guess. But the smart money goes to the Analog market for long-term, stable profitability. The analog segment is the subject of a new study just released by Semico Research Corp., Analog Market Trends: Fourth Quarter 2011.

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