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62 SMT Magazine • April 2017 Driving Value in the Digital Era: Smart Mobility Disrupts the Traditional Dealer Model As consumers demand greater transparency, influ- ence, and efficiency from the auto purchasing pro- cess, most also wish to minimize time spent at a dealership. In its new smart mobility report, ABI Re- search finds recent, rapid gains in vehicle technol- ogy will soon infiltrate the mainstream automotive market and disrupt traditional business models and consumer experiences. Connected Home Solutions Adoption Remains Limited to Early Adopters Adoption of newer connected home solutions is still at the early adopter phase, according to a recent survey by Gartner Inc. The survey of nearly 10,000 online respondents in the U.S., the U.K. and Aus- tralia during the second half of 2016, found that only about 10% of households currently have con- nected home solutions. 3D ICs Will Meet the Miniaturization Demands of Next-Generation Electronics With 2D integrated circuit (IC) technology nearing its scaling limit, there is an urgent need to scale up vertically to cope with the breakneck pace of ad- vances in digital technologies. BOE Takes First Spot in Large Display Unit Shipment Chinese display maker BOE takes top position in terms of large TFT-LCD display unit shipments in January 2017, according to IHS Markit. For the first time ever, a Chinese display maker, taking a to- tal share of 22.3% in unit shipments, is displacing South Korea's display makers, the historical leaders in shipment volumes. February 2017 Manufacturing ISM Report on Business Economic activity in the manufacturing sector ex- panded in February, and the overall economy grew for the 93rd consecutive month, according to the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. New iPhone Production Volume to Exceed 100M Units This Year The next major iPhone release will certainly be one of the most anticipated events in the glob- al consumer electronics market in the second half of 2017. TrendForce's recent findings on the 10th anniversary iPhone release reveal that Apple's lat- est refresh of the device series will include three new models, with one of them having significant hardware and design upgrades such as an AMO- LED display. Global Tablet Shipments Down 6.6% Annually in 2016 Market research firm TrendForce reports annual tablet shipments worldwide posted a decline for 2016, dropping 6.6% to 157.4 million units. How- ever, total shipments from branded tablet ven- dors surpassed expectations because of the robust year-end holiday sales. Increasing Sales of Smartphones Trigger Demand for Global ASIC Market According to Transparency Market Research, the global application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) market is expected to be worth $35.23 billion by the end of 2024 from $16.29 billion in 2015. The progress of the market is estimated to be at a CAGR of 9.2% between 2016 and 2024. Worldwide Enterprise Storage Market Sees Decline in Fourth Quarter Total worldwide enterprise storage systems fac- tory revenue was down 6.7% year-on-year while reaching $11.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to the International Data Corp. (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Sys- tems Tracker. Intel Continues to Drive Semiconductor Industry R&D Spending Intel Corp. continued to top all other chip compa- nies in R&D expenditures in 2016 with spending that reached $12.7 billion and represented 22.4% of its semiconductor sales last year. Electronics Industry News Market Highlights

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