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82 The PCB Magazine • April 2014 n e w s U.S. Circuit Board & Component Manufacturing Report despite revenue declines in almost every year of the five years leading up to 2014, robust growth in 2010, due to a rebound in demand, led to an ex - pected average annual growth of 1.6%; however, revenue is still expected to decline 2.7% in 2014, hitting $43.9 billion. February Conference Board Employment Trends Index Up "February's job report and the ongoing improve - ment in the employment trends index should pro- vide some relief for those concerned about weak- ness in the u.s. economy and labor market," said gad levanon, director of macroeconomic research at the conference Board. "the majority of the eti's components have been steadily rising in recent months, suggesting solid job growth will continue in the coming months." Healthcare Cloud Computing Market: $6.5B by 2018 this report studies the north american healthcare cloud computing market over the forecast period of 2013 to 2018. this market was valued at $1,750.4 million in 2013 and is poised to grow at a cagr of 29.8% from 2013 to 2018, to reach $6,459.0 mil - lion by 2018. Global 3D Printing Market: CAGR of 16.8% by 2019 according to a new market report published by transparency market research global 3d printing (polyjet, Fdm, sls, sla) market–industry analysis, size, share, growth, trends, and Forecast, 2013– 2019, the global 3d printing market was worth us $2,200 million in 2012 and is expected to reach us $7,240 million in 2019. Mobile DRAM Revenue Down Slightly in 4Q13 the mobile memory industry's worldwide revenue reached $3.039 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013, bringing the yearly total to $11.826 billion, representing 34.3% of dram industry value. look - ing ahead to the first quarter of 2014, a 7.4% QoQ decrease in smartphone shipments is forecast, while tablet sales are expected to be weak as well. 3D Printing Market Experiencing Rapid Growth the 3d printing market has seen rapid growth in recent years due to its increasing applications across different sectors such as consumer products and electronics, automotive, medical, industrial, and aerospace. decreasing cost of 3d printers and its increasing adoption across the government and education sectors is further expected to spur the demand in the coming years. IDC: PC Shipments See Continued Decline Through 2018 worldwide pc shipments fell by -9.8% in 2013, slightly better than a projected decline of -10.1%, but still the most severe contraction on record, according to the international data corporation (idc) worldwide Quarterly pc tracker. Fourth quar - ter results were slightly better than expected, but the outlook for emerging markets has deteriorated as competition from other devices and economic pressures mount. Wearable Devices Market to Reach $30.2B in 2018 Bcc research reveals in its new report, wearable computing: technologies, applications, and glob - al markets, the global market for wearable comput- ing devices is expected to grow to $30.2 billion by 2018, with a five-year compound annual growth rate (cagr) of 43.4%. Growth of 65% for Digital Power Supplies & Power ICs the global market for digital power is undergoing explosive growth, with revenues for digital power supplies and digital power integrated circuits (ics) each projected to jump almost 65% in 2014, ac - cording to a new report from iHs technology. Global Lithium-Ion Battery Market Soars to $24.2B lithium-ion battery is used in a variety of markets, such as consumer electronics, automotive, and in- dustrial. the prime drivers of the market are growing demand of electronic products, automotive vehicles, etc. trends are favorable for growth across the indus- try; however, significant differences in growth poten- tial among the application markets and regions exist. PCB007 Market News Highlights 82 The PCB Magazine • April 2014

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