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68 SMT Magazine • October 2016 Strong Stock-Up Demand Pushed Prices of 4GB DRAM Modules to a High of $14 in August DRAM prices in August were on an upward trend as they were in the previous month. The monthly average of contract prices for 4GB modules (DDR3 and DDR4) rose by 2% sequentially to $13.5, while the monthly high rose by 3.7% sequentially to $14, according to DRAMeXchange. Global Revenue of NAND Flash Market Up 3.4% Sequentially in Q2 In the second quarter of 2016, demand for high- capacity eMMC/eMCP from Chinese smartphone brands and the stock-up activities ahead of the iPhone 7 release caused a gradual tightening of NAND Flash supply. Flat Smartphone Growth Projected for 2016 as Mature Markets Veer into Declines Worldwide smartphone shipments are expected to reach 1.46 billion units with a year-over-year growth rate of just 1.6% in 2016, according to the latest forecast from International Data Corp.'s (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. Fab Equipment Spending Ascending SEMI's latest data show increasing equipment spending, reaching 4.1% YOY in 2016 and 10.6% in 2017, mainly attributed to mobile devices (in- cluding devices using SSDs) and automotive elec- tronics. Total Pure-play Foundry Market Expected to Jump 9% This Year For 2016, the pure-play foundry market is expect- ed to increase by 9% and greatly outperform the growth rate of total IC market, which is forecast to drop by 2% this year, according to IC Insights' Au- gust Update to the 2016 McClean Report. Gartner's Hype Cycle Highlights China's Aggressive Investment in High Tech Despite Economic Slowdown Despite the slowdown in GDP growth to 6.9% in 2015, China is still making aggressive investments to drive the adoption of high technology by local enterprises and organizations, according to Gart- ner Inc. Global Automotive Technology Developments to Create $350B in Supplier Opportunities Fuel efficiency, weight reduction, advanced safety technologies, human machine interface, lighting and consumer comfort features will drive $350 bil- lion in incremental automotive supplier business opportunities by 2021. Rapid Expansion Projected for Smart Home Devices The smart home market is projected to broaden at a compound annual growth rate of 60%, reach- ing 477 million devices in 2020 from 47 million in 2015, according to IHS Markit. Medical Electronics Market to Reach $219B by 2024 With technological advancements boosting the applications of electronics in the fields of diagnos- tics, therapeutics, and wellness, the global medical electronics market is expected to reach $219 bil- lion by 2024, according to a new report by Grand View Research. China's Manufacturing IoT Spending to Hit $128B by 2020 Chinese manufacturing enterprises' spending on the Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to reach $127.5 billion (approximately RMB848.3 billion) by 2020, with a compound average growth rate of 14.7% during 2016 to 2020, according to IDC China. Electronics Industry News Market Highlights

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