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Sensor Fusion Creates Explosion of Data and Great Growth Potential

Phoenix, AZ - November 8th, 2012 -- 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.

Is NFC Cool Enough to Finally Take Off?

NFC-enabled mobile payments have arrived in the United States. Isis, a joint venture between AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, has launched its mobile payment service in Austin and Salt Lake City. Isis payments can be made and offers redeemed by using a secure element SIM and the Isis Mobile Wallet application. Isis has flown under the radar recently as its trial launch was delayed from this summer. While tapping a phone to a payment terminal seems like the next great thing to us here in the US, in fact NFC is in use around the world for payments, and we are belatedly joining the party.

Semico's Tony Massimini to Speak at MEMS Executive Congress

Phoenix, Arizona October 9, 2012 - Tony Massimini, Chief of Technology for Semico Research, will speak on November 7, 2012 at the MEMS Executive Congress. The event will be held from November 7-9, 2012 at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, AZ. Mr. Massimini will be on the first panel, titled "MEMS Market," where he will speak about the growth and development of sensor fusion across several markets.

Jim Feldhan to Give Keynote Address at Constellations 2012

Join us on October 4th at Constellations 2012

Phoenix, Arizona September 27, 2012 - Semico's Jim Feldhan will be giving the keynote address at Constellations 2012 on October 4th. Join us to learn about the IP market conditions and what we can expect over the next few years from this market.

Constellations 2012 will be taking place at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA and is free to attend.

Conference Agenda

10:00 Welcome Remarks by Warren Savage, President and CEO, IPextreme

MAP Model Says: 51 Million NAND Wafers by 2016

Phoenix, Arizona September 19, 2012 - Semico's Market Analysis and Planning (MAP) Model accounts for ~85% of the semiconductor market, and is one of our most popular services that contributes to Semico's overall forecast. Our analysts update the Model throughout the year, providing historical data from 2000 and forecasts into 2016.

MEMS Timing Market Sees Major New Player

Phoenix, Arizona September 4, 2012 - Earlier this month it was announced that Vectron International and Knowles Electronics have entered into a strategic partnership with SiTime Corporation. Vectron has been a decades-long leader in the timing market but does not have a MEMS product line. Knowles is a leader in MEMS microphones. Both Vectron and Knowles are part of Dover Corporation. SiTime is the long-time leader of the MEMS oscillator market.

Revenues for Augmented Reality in Consumer Electronics Industry to Approach $600 billion by 2016, Says Semico Research

Phoenix, Arizona August 22, 2012 - 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.

Pico Projectors Make Inroads in Smart Phones

Phoenix, Arizona August 2, 2012 - An exciting new feature for smart phones will enable people to share content in a new way. Recently Samsung announced it had begun shipping the Galaxy Beam projector phone in the United Kingdom. Samsung employs Texas Instruments' DLP® Pico™ projector technology. It offers 15 Lumens and can project images up to 6 feet away. You can see images up to 50 inches in size on any surface. The long lasting 2,000 mAh battery supports up to 3 hours of continuous play.

Analog Manufacturing Enters the 300mm Era

Phoenix, Arizona July 25, 2012 - The analog IC market is a $42 billion business, representing 14% of the total semiconductor market. The market is fragmented, with over 90 companies participating, either as IDMs, foundry, or fabless. Revenues from analog are heavily weighted to communications products, but several market growth drivers are identified in our new report, including automotive, energy, mobility, and medical/healthcare. This report covers analog capacity by region, by wafer size, and by company type.