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50 The PCB Magazine • June 2017 Flexible, Organic and Biodegradable: Stanford Researchers Develop New Wave of Electronics A new semiconductor developed by Stanford re- searchers is as flexible as skin and easily degrad- able. It could have diverse medical and environ- mental applications, without adding to the mount- ing pile of global electronic waste. Floating Fields for Fine Fabrication Magnetic levitation (Maglev) is well known for its use in high-speed rail networks, but could also be applied at smaller scales in medicine and electron- ics. To do so, researchers must be able to precise- ly control electromagnetic fields so that they can move and rotate objects without touching them. The Importance of Lithium and Cobalt in Today's Energy Market Lithium-ion batteries are an efficient source of en- ergy for rechargeable storage devices, capable of expanding battery durability and leading to an in- creasing power source for consumer electronics, including hybrid and electric vehicles. Global Smart Manufacturing Market: Players Need to Explore New Markets The global market for smart manufacturing is characterized by the presence of numerous com- panies. This makes the landscape fragmented and highly competitive. The competition is being dic- tated by the demand for huge investments in in- frastructure and development of technologies. Global Collaborative Robot Market: Modest Price and Impressive Return on Investment Allure Demand The global collaborative robot market has been anticipated to be characterized by a trend where larger companies could engage in the acquisition of smaller and local automation firms to enlarge their operative base. Conductive Paper Could Enable Future Flexible Electronics Researchers have made an ionic gel paper with long-term bendable electrical robustness. This process could be used for flexible electrolumines- cent devices such as roll-up computer screens and other flexible electronics. We are getting closer to reality as scientists improve upon a growing num- ber of components that can bend and stretch. Paper-Based Biosensor with Smartphone Readout Researchers at the ICN2 Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors group led by ICREA Research Prof. Dr Arben Merkoçi have infused paper strips with gra- phene quantum dots and combined them with smartphone technology to develop an intuitive, portable and disposable biosensing system. Demand for PCBs in Consumer Electronics to Drive Global SMT Equipment Market Transparency Market Research estimates that the global surface mount technology equipment mar- ket was valued at US$4845.7 mn in 2016 and is anticipated to reach US$7075.8 mn by 2025, ex- hibiting a CAGR of 4.4% from 2017 to 2025. Gartner Survey: 42% of CEOs Have Begun Digital Business Transformation An unsettled global political environment has not shifted CEOs' focus on profits and growth in 2017. Growth is the first business priority for 58% of CEOs, according to a recent survey* of 388 CEOs by Gartner Inc. 3.4 Billion Smartphones Ready for Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay by End of 2017 According to new analysis from IHS Markit, 3.4 bil- lion smartphones will be ready for Apple Pay, Sam- sung Pay and Android Pay by the end of 2017, and the number is expected to increase to 5.3 billion by 2021. Electronics Industry News Market Highlights

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