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Android Marshmallow to Boost NFC Payments

The Internet is buzzing with Google's official announcement of Android Marshmallow.  When it rolls out this fall, it will include Android Pay.  Android Pay is essentially a streamlined version 2.0 of Google Wallet, originally introduced in 2010.  All the new system requires is that you unlock your phone and place it near the contactless terminal at the point of sale.  Google Wallet involved launching an app and typing in a pin number. 

Semico Research Announces Impact 2015 Panel - Boards, Chips & Packaging: Meeting Market Requirements

The Internet of Things promises an unprecedented opportunity for the electronics industry.  From front-end devices like roadway sensors to back-end network equipment supporting the rush of new data inputs, electronics are the integral foundation of this new era.  More than ever, pressure is on the electronics industry to deliver the right solution at the right time and at the right price. 

Boards, Chips and Packaging: Hardware Takes Center Stage

Today’s electronic products have become so sophisticated and ubiquitous that we have come to expect that each new generation will address both our current and future needs. Years ago, the industry was hardware-centric and driven by “big iron” products. Capacity and functionality were thoroughly dependent upon increasingly complex hardware. Think of the movies of the 50s where “high tech” data was encoded on paper cards that were then fed into a massive bank of computers. Then move to the current, often-cited technology fact that an iPhone has more computing power in it than the technology that took the Apollo astronauts to the moon.

Semico Research Announces Impact 2015 Panel: How Do We Get to Next-Generation High Speed Data Transfer Rates?

The need for more bandwidth is continuing to drive the Internet infrastructure. Rapid growth of server, network and internet traffic is fueling the need for higher data rates. Key contributors to data demand include Internet consumer applications, cloud-based computing and storage, virtual servers, advances in scientific and financial computing and the Internet of Things. While fiber optic cables are capable of delivering data rates into terabits/sec, the main bottleneck continues to be the last critical mile solution.

Semico Research Releases Latest Fab Database Report: Highlights Where Billions of Dollars in Capex are Being Spent

One of the largest events in the semiconductor industry, SEMICON West just wrapped up another successful show.  Semico Research was there and observed that the used equipment portion was particularly well-attended.  With the emergence of the IoT, MEMS and sensor production are in higher demand than ever before.  These devices are produced in 200mm fabs that are fully depreciated and very efficient.  Many analog products are also made on 200mm equipment, although some production is turning to 300mm.  The increase in demand for 200mm production has increased the need for used equipment.

Registration Opens for Inaugural Boards, Chips and Packaging IMPACT Conference Hosted by Isola and Semico Research

Captain Chesley B. (Sully) Sullenberger, III to deliver a keynote during the one-day event focused on system-level integration across the entire hardware development process.

Challenges in MEMS and Sensor Manufacturing Point to Need for Collaboration

The MEMS, sensor and semiconductor industries have long been connected by a shared  infrastructure and supply chain, but there are significant differences in the manufacturing of MEMS and  sensors, including the use of unconventional materials, wafer bonding, packaging, lack of standard processes, to name a few. As the MEMS and sensor industries scale in volume and usage in conjunction  with semiconductor devices, it's important that both industries take a deeper look at our common challenges to identify the issues that would benefit from a collaborative approach.

Sensor Hub Shipments to Reach 6.9 Billion Units by 2020, says Semico Research

The market for sensor fusion has been growing rapidly and has seen major changes and shifts in the ecosystem. The market opportunities have attracted more chip vendors. In the span of one year, the number of companies offering a sensor hub controller has grown from 16 to 33 companies. The sensor hub vendors are not only targeting smartphones and tablets, but are also focusing on wearables and the broad range of Internet of Things (IoT) applications.