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52 The PCB Magazine • November 2016 Enterprise Wearables Find First Inflection in Industrial and Field Service Markets The warehouse and manufacturing vertical, along with field services, represent one-quarter of the wearable devices shipped to enterprise end users in 2016. With device hardware improvements from companies like Epson, Microsoft, ODG, and Vuzix, ABI Research forecasts shipments to these segments will more than triple to top 35 million units in 2021. Four IC Industry Clusters Emerge with China's 13th Five-Year Plan According to the global market research firm TrendForce, committed policy efforts and invest - ments from the Chinese government have resulted in the formation of four IC industr y clusters that are respectively located in the country's four major re- gions of activities: the Yangtze River Delta, the Pearl River Delta, the Beijing-T ianjin Bohai Sea region and the Central-Western region. Energy-efficient Lighting Technology Industry: Growing Demand for LEDs Vital for Global Market The global energy-efficient lighting technology mar- ket is dominated by players such as OSRAM GmbH, GE Lighting, and Royal Philips Electronics. Accord- ing to Transparency Market Research, focusing on the development of energy-efficient LED lighting is likely to a popular strategy among leading players in the global market in the coming years. Energy Management: Highly Intelligent Homes of the Future For 18 months, Prof. Franz Hagn and his family ex- perienced for themselves what it is like to live in a house that not only produces its own energy, but also manages it intelligently. The concept of the "e- MOBILie" project also included an electric car. What the results show: On a small scale, the pilot project is a present-day implementation of the functions of a smart grid of the future. IoT Revolution Revitalizes Demand for High-end Flexible Sensors The global market for printed and flexible sensors is predicted to reach $7.51 billion by 2020. By type, the global printed and flexible sensors market will be led by the biosensors segment, followed by the Pizoelectric sensors segment. Human Brain Project: Pilot Systems for Interactive Supercomputer The Jülich Supercomputing Centre has begun oper- ation of two new pilot systems for an interactive su- percomputer. The systems—JULIA, created by Cray, and JURON from IBM and NVIDIA—are specifically designed for applications in the neurosciences. New 3-D Wiring Technique Brings Scalable Quantum Computers Closer to Reality Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Com - puting (IQC) at the University of Waterloo led the development of a new extensible wiring technique capable of controlling superconducting quantum bits, representing a significant step towards to the realization of a scalable quantum computer. DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office Streamlines Contracting for Innovators DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) has a proud history of making seminal investments in breakthrough technologies that ultimately be - came critical components in our electronics-filled world, from flash memory to radio frequency (RF) semiconductors to microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). T-rays will 'Speed Up' Computer Memory by a Factor of 1,000 Together with their colleagues from Germany and the Netherlands, scientists at the Moscow Insti- tute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) have found a way to significantly improve computer perfor- mance. IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for August 2016 IPC—Association Connecting Electronics Indus- tries announced the August 2016 findings from its monthly North American PCB Statistical Program. Electronics Industry News Market Highlights

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