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84 SMT007 MAGAZINE I DECEMBER 2018 Nine Top-15 2018 Semiconductor Suppliers Forecast to Post Double-Digit Gains E The expected top-15 worldwide semiconduc- tor (IC and O-S-D—optoelectronic, sensor, and discrete) sales ranking for 2018 is shown in the figure. It includes seven suppliers headquar- tered in the U.S., three in Europe, two each in South Korea and Japan, and one in Taiwan. Global Biometrics Technology Market to Reach $59.31 Billion by 2025 E The global biometrics technology market size is likely to reach $59.31 billion by 2025, experienc- ing a CAGR of 19.5% during the forecast period. NASA Looking to Tiny Technology for Big Payoffs E NASA is advancing technology that could use large amounts of nanoscale materials to launch lighter rockets and spacecraft than ever before. The super-lightweight aerospace composites (SAC) project seeks to scale up the manufactur- ing and use of high-strength carbon nanotube composite materials. Seven of Top 10 Smartphone Markets Down in Q3 2018 E Worldwide smartphone shipments fell by 7% in Q3 2018, a fourth consecutive quarter of decline. This was also the worst third quarter performance since 2015. Gold 'Micro Jewels' from 3D Printer Printing Pure Metal Microparts E Thanks to a laser technique that ejects ultra- tiny droplets of metal, it is now possible to print 3D metal structures, not only simple 'piles' of droplets, but complex overhanging structures as well: like a helix of some microns in size, made of pure gold. Is an 'Internet of Ears' the Next Big Thing for Smart Homes? E Next generation of connected buildings envi- sions using changes in vibrations, sound and electrical field to improve energy consump- tion, monitor occupants' movements. Global Semiconductor Sales Up 14% YoY in September E According to SIA, worldwide sales of semi- conductors reached $122.7 billion during the third quarter of 2018, an increase of 4.1% over the previous quarter and 13.8% more than the third quarter of 2017. Fleets of Drones Could Aid Searches for Lost Hikers E Finding lost hikers in forests can be a difficult and lengthy process, as helicopters and drones can't get a glimpse through the thick tree canopy. Recently, it's been proposed that autonomous drones, which can bob and weave through trees, could aid these searches. But the GPS signals used to guide the aircraft can be unreliable or nonexistent in forest environments. IDC Reveals Worldwide CIO Agenda 2019 Predictions E In the multiplied innovation economy, enterprises are racing to reinvent themselves as the pace of digital transformation (DX) becomes exponential. Solution for Next Generation Nanochips Comes Out of Thin Air E Researchers at RMIT University have engi- neered a new type of transistor, the building block for all electronics. Instead of sending electrical currents through silicon, these tran- sistors send electrons through narrow air gaps, where they can travel unimpeded as if in space.

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