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66 SMT Magazine • May 2017 Average Contract Price of 4GB DDR4 DRAM Modules to Climb 12.5% Entering 2Q17 DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, reports the general price increase in the PC DRAM market is growing larger than anticipated as the already tight supply situation is compounded by quality problems with products made on the leading-edge processes. Worldwide Spending on Cognitive and AI Systems to Hit $12.5B in 2017 A new update to the Worldwide Semiannual Cog- nitive Artificial Intelligence Systems Spending Guide from International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts worldwide revenues for cognitive and ar- tificial intelligence (AI) systems will reach $12.5 bil- lion in 2017, an increase of 59.3% over 2016. China's IC Industry to Embark on a Major Recruitment Drive This Year TrendForce's latest analysis on China's semicon- ductor sector reveals that the country's domestic IC manufacturers are affecting the movement of industry talents worldwide as they continue to ag- gressively headhunt for senior managers and engi- neers. Global IT Robotic Automation Market: Improved Efficiency Encouraging Adoption A recent report by Transparency Market Research observes that the IT robotic automation technol- ogy is in nascent stage and highly consolidated, with a few players holding control over the global market. According to the report, the global IT ro- botic automation market will have an opportunity worth $4.98 billion by 2020. Increasing Demand for Consumer Electronics to Boost Global Flexible PCB Demand According to a new study by Transparency Market Research, the global flexible PCB market is expect- ed to increase to $33.39 billion by 2025, up from $13.51 billion in 2016. Technological Advancements in the Defense Markets According to a research published by Global Mar- ket Insights, the defense market size is anticipat- ed to exceed $10.5 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 6.1% from 2016 to 2023. The growth can be attributed to innovations and advance- ments made in defense technology. U.S. Companies Still Hold Largest Share of Fabless Company IC Sales Fabless IC suppliers represented 30% of the world's IC sales in 2016, up from only 18% in 2006, ac- cording to IC Insights' latest McClean Report. Semiconductor Industry Sets Out Research Needed to Advance Emerging Technologies A coalition of leaders from the global tech, de- fense, and aerospace industries, led by the Semi- conductor Industry Association (SIA) and Semi- conductor Research Corporation (SRC), has re- leased a report identifying the key areas of sci- entific research needed to advance innovation in semiconductor technology and fulfill the promise of emerging technologies such as artificial intel - ligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), and super- computing. Electronics Industry News Market Highlights

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