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54 The PCB Magazine • April 2017 Top 10 Advanced Materials and Technologies The Top 10 Advanced Materials & Technologies in Electronics Market includes high growth materials & technologies in the electronics domains such as G. fast chipset, quantum dots, graphene, 3D IC & 2.5D IC packaging, organic electronics, flexible battery, carbon nanotubes, biochip, silicon car- bide in semiconductor, and smart glass. Plastic Electrode Stretches Like Rubber but Carries Electricity Like Wires The brain is soft and electronics are stiff, which can make combining the two challenging, such as when neuroscientists implant electrodes to mea- sure brain activity and perhaps deliver tiny jolts of electricity for pain relief or other purposes. Battery Production Goes Industrie 4.0 A battery that can be charged in seconds, has a large capacity and lasts ten to twelve years? Cer- tainly, many have wanted such a thing. Now the FastStorageBW II project, which includes Fraunhofer, is working on making it a reality. Fraunhofer researchers are using pre-production to optimize large-scale production and ensure it fol- lows the principles of Industrie 4.0 from the outset. Updatable Chips for a Safer Internet of Things Whether it's Industrie 4.0, self-driving cars or smart home solutions, connected machines and high-value goods need security mechanisms that can be updated. Rural Divide the Last Big Challenge to Smartphone Ownership As the mobile industry gathers this week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to discuss the latest and greatest in the smartphone industry, IDC thinks product maturity is not the only chal- lenge the smartphone industry faces. Wearables Market Grows 16.9% in Q4 The worldwide wearables market reached a new all-time high as shipments reached 33.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016 (4Q16), grow- ing 16.9% year over year. Shipments for the entire year grew 25% as new vendors entered the mar- ket and previous champions refreshed their prod- uct lineups. Textile-Based Wearable Electronics and Fashion Displays Articles such as clothes, watches, shoes, and ac- cessories are essential to people around the world. However, going beyond the basic roles and pur- poses of these items, the concept of "wearability" is rapidly evolving to include computing power and the ability to connect to the internet. In other words, information, communication, and tech- nology (ICT) are beginning to be integrated into wearables. CIOs in China Preparing for a Digital Ecosystem Surge CIOs in China are investing their fast-growing IT budgets in digitalization, according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner's annual global survey of CIOs found that the great success of digital-born companies in China, such as Alibaba and Tencent, is encourag- ing more Chinese enterprises to build or partici- pate in digital ecosystems. Increasing Usage of Data Centers to Increase Annual Global Server Shipments by 3.8% for 2017 The growing user base of smart handheld devices and the expansion of Internet-based services for these devices have generated enormous demand for cloud computing and cloud storage businesses in the recent period. Smartphone Volumes Expected to Rebound in 2017 While growth is expected to remain in the low single digits, IDC predicts shipment volumes to grow 4.2% in 2017 and 4.4% in 2018 with a com- pound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.8% over the 2016–2021 forecast. Shipments are forecast to reach 1.53 billion units in 2017 and grow to 1.77 billion in 2021. Electronics Industry News Market Highlights

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