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62 The PCB Magazine • December 2016 Europe to Surpass North America in IoT Sensors Market In the highly dynamic and fragmented arena of the global IoT sensors market, the leading players are aligning their strategies with rapid advance- ments in IoT technology, according to Transpar- ency Market Research. Automotive Systems Forecast to Show Strongest Growth Through 2020 IC Market Drivers 2017 shows that the market for automotive electronic systems is expected to dis- play the strongest cumulative average growth rate (CAGR) through 2020, at 4.9%, highest among the six main electronic system categories. Safety and convenience systems are essential features that consumers look for and want in their new car. Communicating with Light As demand for mobile wireless services continues to grow, and the deployment of IoT technologies expands, Visible Light Communication (VLC) is emerging as a potential broadband transmission technology that may offer an unlimited band- width spectrum for high-quality wireless services. Manchester Graduates Hoping to Inspire with DIY Walking Robot Jack Scott-Reeve and Josh Elijah, who graduated with master's degrees in engineering from the Uni- versity's School of Electrical and Electronic Engi- neering, have developed QuadBot, a 3D printable walking robotics platform. Their aim is to help as many people as possible to learn about robotics. Demand for Alternative Fuel in Automotive Sector to Stir Growth of Lithium-ion Battery Market TMR projects the global lithium-ion battery mar- ket to reach $77.42 billion in 2024 from $29.68 billion in 2015. Between 2016 and 2024 the mar- ket is forecast to exhibit a CAGR 11.6%. Gartner Announces Rankings of 2016 Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 Gartner Inc. has released its eighth annual Health- care Supply Chain Top 25 ranking. The ranking recognizes companies across the healthcare value chain that demonstrate leadership in improving human life at sustainable costs. OPPO Tops the Chinese Smartphone Market for the First Time According to IDC's latest Asia/Pacific Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, the China smartphone mar- ket grew 5.8% YoY and 3.6% QoQ in the third quarter of 2016, with OPPO and vivo overtaking Huawei for the first time. IDC: New Rules, Roles and Demands in the Era of Digital Transformation in China International Data Corporation (IDC), the world's leading provider of global IT research and advice, held its annual forum on Chinese IT market predic- tions on November 8 in Beijing. Asia Pacific to Dominate Uptake of Smart Manufacturing Technologies and Systems The global smart manufacturing market is expect- ed to be worth $548.14 billion by 2024 as com- pared to $159.05 billion in 2015, according to Transparency Market Research. Semiconductor-free Microelectronics Now Possible, Thanks to Metamaterials Engineers at the University of California San Di- ego have fabricated the first semiconductor-free, optically-controlled microelectronic device. Using metamaterials, engineers built a microscale de- vice that shows a 1,000% increase in conductivity when activated by low voltage and a low power laser. Electronics Industry News Market Highlights

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