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28 SMT Magazine • September 2015 Electronics Industry News Market Highlights Chinese Automotive Semiconductor Revenues to Hit $6.2B in 2015 Total automotive semiconductor revenue in China reached $5.6 billion in 2014, and revenues are ex- pected to grow nearly 11% year over year in 2015 to reach $6.2 billion, according to IHS. Weak Q2 Demand Pushes Down 2015 LCD TV Shipment Estimates The global shipments of LCD TVs in the second quarter totaled 48.25 million sets, down 6.4% from the prior quarter, according to WitsView, a division of TrendForce. Apple Accounts for 20% of Global Sapphire Demand Sapphire is the key material for LED manufactur- ing. But in 2015, 20% of sapphire will be used in Apple's iPhone, for the camera lens, fingerprint reader and heart rate monitor covers, and the Apple watch's window, according to a Yole Dével- oppement report. Tsunami of M&A Deals Underway in the Semiconductor Industry in 2015 Market share expansion, Internet of Things oppor- tunities, rising costs of R&D, and China's aggres- sive new focus on the semiconductor industry are all driving the recent M&A surge, according to IC Insights. Smart Home Devices and Systems to Top 7 Million Support Requests in 2015 A new report from Parks Associates finds that smart home devices will prompt over 7 million support requests this year, with adoption at 16% of U.S. broadband households and nearly 40% plan- ning to buy a smart home product in the next 12 months. Smart Robots Market to Hit $7.85B by 2020 The total Smart Robots Market is expected to reach $7.85 billion by 2020, at an estimated CAGR of 19.22% between 2015 and 2020, according to market research firm MarketsandMarkets. Worldwide Smartphone Market Posts 11.6% YoY Growth in Q2 According to the latest preliminary release from the International Data Corp. Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 337.2 million smartphones worldwide in the sec- ond quarter of 2015, up 11.6% from the 302.1 million units in 2Q14. Automobile Sector Drives Global Smart Sensors Market The global smart sensors market is expected to reach $9.22 billion in 2018, growing at a CAGR of 11.53% from the period 2014–2020. SEMI Sees Sustained Growth in Fab Tool Spending SEMI forecasts that the total semiconductor equip- ment market will grow 7% in 2015 to reach $40.2 billion, and expand another 4% in 2016 to reach $41.8 billion. Biometrics on Smart Mobile Devices to Redefine Digital Identity Acuity Market Intelligence forecasts that between 2014 and 2020, nearly 12.9 billion mobile biomet- ric apps will be downloaded to smart mobile de- vices by 2.2 billion mobile biometric users. 28 SMT Magazine • September 2015

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