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68 The PCB Magazine • November 2015 Highly Flexible, Wearable Tactile Sensor for Robotics, Electronics and Healthcare Applications A team of scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Engineering has developed a wearable liquid-based microfluidic tactile sensor that is small, thin, highly flexible and durable. Simple and cost-effective to pro- duce, this novel device is very suitable for appli- cations such as soft robotics, wearable consumer electronics, smart medical prosthetic devices, as well as real-time healthcare monitoring. Singapore PC Market Growth Driven by Mobile PCs in 1H of 2015 PC shipments in Singapore totaled 588,300 units in the first half of 2015, a 12% increase over the same period last year, according to Gartner Inc. Outsourcing Manufacturing to China Results in High CO2 Emissions Despite the increasingly fervent debate regard- ing the trade relationship between China and the United States and its implications for the global political environment, it is evident that manufac- turing goods in China and shipping them to de- veloped countries has real-world consequences, particularly for the environment. Copper Clad Laminate Industry has Entered New Round of Growth The CCL industry has entered a new round of growth in recent years, and two regions in Asia— China and Southeast Asia—have become the fastest-growing. Relevant manufacturers have successively taken measures like capacity expan- sion and acquisitions to strengthen their CCL business. Car OEM Telematics Leads IoT Segments, Generates $60B of Service Revenues in 2020 While 4G networks would be preferred by auto- makers to power the connected car, 3G networks will carry the data driving the majority of its glob- al telematics and infotainment services revenues. In fact, it will be after 2020 that 4G becomes the leading connection technology for OEM telemat- ics revenues. Survey Reveals IoT Opportunity While the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to evolve and expand, moving from the planning stage to execution, the momentum is quantifi- able. According to a new survey from IDC, 73% of respondents have already deployed IoT solutions or plan to deploy in the next 12 months. New Color Technology Displays to Comprise 25% of Total Display Shipment Area in 2020 Wide-color gamut flat-panel displays are expect- ed to grow from 3% in 2015 to 25% of the dis- play market in terms of area by 2020, according to IHS. Color gamut refers to the ability of a digi- tal display to reproduce colors as they are seen by the naked eye. Microcontroller Market Growth Tied to Rise in IoT Applications The market for MCUs used in connected cars, wearable electronics, building automation and other IoT applications is expected to grow at an overall CAGR of 11%, from $1.7 billion in 2014 to $2.8 billion in 2019, according to IHS. Chinese Handset OEMs to Increase Demand for Smartphone Sensors Chinese OEMs have proved willing to try any new technology that allows them to compete more successfully. Of the many Chinese handset manu- facturers, Xiaomi will consume the greatest num- ber of sensors in 2019, according to IHS. Researchers Take First Steps to Create Biodegradable Displays for Electronics University of Missouri researchers are on the path to creating biodegradable electronics by using organic components in screen displays. The researchers' advancements could one day help reduce electronic waste in the world's landfills. 68 The PCB Magazine • November 2015 Electronics Industry News Market Highlights

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