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52 The PCB Magazine • September 2015 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% planning to buy a smart home product in the next 12 months. By 2019, the number of support requests will reach nearly 11 million. A Small, Modular, Efficient Fusion Plant It's an old joke that many fusion scientists have grown tired of hearing: Practical nuclear fusion power plants are just 30 years away — and al- ways will be. But now, finally, the joke may no longer be true. Connected Car Market Services to Reach $40B by 2020 New market research titled Connected Car Eco- system: 2015-2030 - Opportunities, Challeng- es, Strategies & Forecasts presents market size forecasts for connected car services from 2015 through to 2030. Consumers in Germany, UK Outline Technology Preferences for New Vehicles As the rate of smartphone use in vehicles contin- ues to grow rapidly in nearly every major mar- ket globally, vehicle manufacturers and suppliers are rushing to integrate and incorporate design and connectivity elements into new vehicles to address the market demand and desire among consumers. Smart Robots Market to Hit $7.85B by 2020 According to a new market research report "Smart Robots Market by Component (Software, Hard- ware), Application (Collaborative Industrial Ro- bots, Personal Service Robots, Professional Ser- vice Robots), by Geography (North America, Eu- rope, APAC, RoW) - Analysis & Forecast to 2020", published by MarketsandMarkets, the total Smart Robots Market is expected to reach USD 7.85 Bil- lion by 2020, at an estimated CAGR of 19.22% between 2015 and 2020. N.A. PCB Business Rebounded in June; Shipments Up 4% IPC announced the June findings from its monthly North American PCB Statistical Program. Sales and orders were up and the book-to-bill ratio strength- ened to 1.06. Total N.A. PCB shipments increased 4.0% in June 2015 from June 2014, improving year-to-date shipment growth to -0.%. Compared to the previous month, PCB shipments were up 18.7%. Automobile Sector Drives Global Smart Sensors Market The Global Smart Sensors Market is expected to reach US$9.22 billion in 2018, growing at a CAGR of 11.53% from the period 2014-2020. The growth of the market is fueled by increasing adop- tion in automobile sector. It has been emerged as one of the top contributor in the overall market size due to increase in the number of vehicles by emerging economies. Worldwide Smartphone Market Posts 11.6% YoY Growth in Q2 According to the latest preliminary release from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 337.2 million smartphones worldwide in the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15), up 11.6% from the 302.1 million units in 2Q14. The 2Q15 shipment volume represents the second highest quarterly total on record. Following an above av- erage first quarter (1Q15), smartphone shipments were still able to remain slightly above the pre- vious quarter thanks to robust growth in many emerging markets. U.S. Department of Labor Proposes New Wage and Overtime Regulations On June 30, the Department of Labor (DOL) pro- posed new wage and overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is seeking comments by September 4, 2015. DOL proposes to raise the salary threshold for an employee to be exempt from minimum wage and overtime pay to be equal to the 40th percentile of earnings for all full-time salaried workers in the U.S. 52 The PCB Magazine • September 2015 Electronics Industry News Market Highlights

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