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34 SMT Magazine • October 2015 Electronics Industry News Market Highlights Apple Uses 20% of Worldwide Sapphire Capacity 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 readers, heart rate monitor covers, and the Apple watch's window. Tablet Shipments to Slide to 163M in 2015 The latest tablet shipment report from TrendForce projects the 2015 global tablet shipments to reach 163 million units, a 14.9% year-on-year decline and a downward revision from the previous esti- mation. Power Module Market to Reach $17B in 2015 The global power module market is projected to comprise nearly one third of the power semicon- ductor market by 2019, growing at twice the rate of power discretes, from 2014 to 2019. Automotive Industry Now the Third Largest End Market for Power Semiconductors In 2014, the automotive sector significantly out- performed the overall market average for semicon- ductors. In fact, the automotive market overtook data processing to become the third largest end market for power semiconductor applications, ac- cording to market analyst IHS Inc. NAND Flash Suppliers Aggressive in Cutting Prices on Weaker Demand Smartphone, tablet and notebook vendors have marked down their shipment targets in response to the slowing of the global economic recovery in the second half of 2015, according to the latest research from DRAMeXchange, a division of Trend- Force. Global Embedded System Market to Reach $233.13B by 2021 According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research, the global embed- ded system market was valued at $152.94 billion in 2014 and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 6.4% and reach $233.13 billion by 2021. China Now Third Largest Importer of Defense Equipment China's defense budget is expected to almost dou- ble by the close of this decade, according to new analysis released today by IHS Inc. Patterning Material Market at $3.86B by 2020 The global market size for Patterning Materials in terms of value is projected to reach $3.86 billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 5.85% from 2015 to 2020, according to MarketsandMarkets. Smart Cities Market to See 22.5% CAGR Growth to 2019 The global smart cities market is forecast to hit $1,134.84 billion by 2019, at a compound annual growth rate of 22.5% during the forecast period 2014–2019. RF Power Semiconductor Device Sales for Wireless Infrastructure Tops $1B in 2014 Just when the industry thought that things were pretty good in 2013, the RF power semiconduc- tor market for wireless infrastructure blew off the charts in 2014. China and the Asia-Pacific region in general continue to be the main driver for the RF power chips that are sold into the mobile wireless infrastructure segment. 34 SMT Magazine • October 2015

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