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54 The PCB Magazine • March 2017 Internet of Things Market in Central and Eastern Europe to Boom Through 2020 Spending on the Internet of Things (IoT) in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) has reached an astonish- ing $11 billion in 2016 as organizations acceler- ated their investments in the hardware, software, services, and connectivity that enable the IoT. Worldwide Sales of Smartphones Grew 7% in Q4 2016 Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled 432 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 7% increase over the fourth quarter of 2015, ac- cording to Gartner Inc. The fourth quarter of 2016 saw Apple leapfrog past Samsung to secure the No. 1 global smartphone vendor position. Top 3 Chinese Smartphone Vendors Grab Nearly Half of China's Market in 2016 According to the latest IDC Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, the smartphone market in China saw a 19% YoY growth and 17% QoQ growth in 2016Q4. For the full year of 2016, the market grew by 9% with top Chinese smartphone ven- dors taking up a larger share of the market. Apple Tops Samsung in Q4 to Close Out a Roller Coaster Year for the Smartphone Market Preliminary data from the International Data Cor- poration (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker shows that smartphone vendors shipped a total of 428.5 million units during the fourth quarter of 2016 (4Q16), resulting in 6.9% growth when compared to the 400.7 million units shipped in the final quarter of 2015. OPPO and Huawei Make Strides as Samsung Remains Malaysia's Top Smartphone Player in 2016 According to the latest International Data Corpo- ration (IDC) Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, total smartphone shipments in Malaysia recorded approxi- mately 2.7 million units in 2016Q4, bringing 2016 to a close with approximately 8.8 million units shipped, a reported 5.9% decline year-over-year (YoY). Internet of Things: A Promising Future for Sensors The MEMS and sensor offering has never been so diverse. Inertial, pressure, temperature, (bio-) chemical and gas sensors as well as microphones, fingerprint and iris recognition. All devices are part of the IoT revolution. Advances in Artificial Intelligence to Help Machines Understand Human Thoughts using Brain Computer Interface The concerted efforts toward making artificial in- telligence (AI) technology capable of human-like cognitive behavior such as learning, reasoning, problem solving, planning and self-correction have received a huge boost with advances in deep learning and neural networks. Top China Vendors Consolidate Share in Emerging Southeast Asia Smartphone Market in 2016 Per the latest International Data Corporation (IDC) Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, total smartphone shipments in the emerging Southeast Asia (SEA) region in 2016 recorded approximately 101 mil- lion units, or a 4.3% year-over-year (YoY) growth versus last year. Researchers Devise Efficient Power Converter for Internet of Things The Internet of Things is the idea that vehicles, appliances, civil structures, manufacturing equip- ment, and even livestock will soon have sensors that report information directly to networked serv- ers, aiding with maintenance and the coordination of tasks. IDC Asia/Pacific Predicts 3D Printing to Hit Mainstream Market in Asia Pacific in 2018 IDC has just unveiled its latest predictions for the 3D printing market titled IDC FutureScape: World- wide 3D Printing Predictions – APeJ Implications and reveals that 3D printing will hit mainstream in Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) in 2018. Electronics Industry News Market Highlights

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