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92 PCB007 MAGAZINE I DECEMBER 2018 Nine Top-15 2018 Semiconductor Suppliers Forecast to Post Double-Digit Gains E The expected top-15 worldwide semiconductor (IC and O-S-D—optoelectronic, sensor, and dis- crete) sales ranking for 2018 is shown in the fig- ure. It includes seven suppliers headquartered 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 de- cline. This was also the worst third quarter per- formance since 2015. Gold 'Micro Jewels' from 3D Printer Printing Pure Metal Microparts E Thanks to a laser technique that ejects ultra-ti- ny 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 can- opy. Recently, it's been proposed that autono- mous drones, which can bob and weave through trees, could aid these searches. But the GPS sig- nals 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, enterpris- es 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 engineered a new type of transistor, the building block for all electronics. Instead of sending electrical cur- rents through silicon, these transistors send electrons through narrow air gaps, where they can travel unimpeded as if in space.

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