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46 The PCB Magazine • October 2016 Steve Williams Receives Prestigious John Maxwell International Certification Steve Williams, president of The Right Approach Consulting (TRAc), received certification from the John Maxwell Team as an Independent Certified Coach, Teacher & Speaker. The 5th anniversary weeklong event was held at the Marriott World Convention Center and hosted candidates from more than 30 countries. For First Time, Carbon Nanotube Transistors Outperform Silicon For decades, scientists have tried to harness the unique properties of carbon nanotubes to create high-performance electronics that are faster or con - sume less power—resulting in longer battery life, faster wireless communication and faster process- ing speeds for devices like smartphones and lap- tops. DRAM Contract Prices to Rise Over 10% Sequentially in Fourth Quarter as Memory Demand Stays Hot Prices of both DRAM and NAND Flash are projected to rise in the fourth quarter, and DRAM contract prices in particular will post another sequential in - crease of over 10%. A Conscious Coupling of Magnetic and Electric Materials New multiferroic material by Berkeley Lab and Cor- nell researchers is a big step in march toward ultra- low power electronics. Memory for Future Wearable Electronics In collaboration with Sungkyunkwan University, re- searchers from the Center for Integrated Nanostruc- ture Physics within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS), have devised a new memory device inspired by the neuron connections of the human brain. Global Flexible Electronics Market 2016— Forecasts to 2020 According to the report, capacity expansion plans is a key driver aiding to the growth of this market. As the innovation continues to churn out develop - ments in the flexible display market, major com- panies such as Samsung and LG have started ex- panding their manufacturing capacity and required investment in their APAC manufacturing plants. Domestic Service Robots on the Rise The domestic service robot market is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 17%, from five million units shipped in 2015 to more than 12 million units in 2020, according to IHS Markit, a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions. Researchers Find Vulnerabilities in Cars Connected to Smartphones In what is believed to be the first comprehensive security analysis of its kind, Damon McCoy, an as - sistant professor of computer science and engineer- ing at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and a group of students at George Mason University found vulnerabilities in MirrorLink, a system of rules that allow vehicles to communicate with smart- phones. From Consumer to Automotive, System plus Consulting is at the Cutting Edge of Innovative Technologies Sensor technologies are a driving force in making entirely autonomous vehicles a reality. Radars, mul - tiple camera systems and more are already current- ly embedded in high-end vehicles. Grant to Develop Breakthrough Flexible Electronics The grant of 1.5 million euros is earmarked to open up new research horizons in the field of thin-film transistor technology. This will allow a leap forward compared to current state-of-the-art and enable breakthrough applications (e.g., healthcare and IoT). Electronics Industry News Market Highlights

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