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86 SMT Magazine • July 2017 Worldwide Enterprise-Grade SSD Shipments Up 4% in Q1 Global shipments of enterprise-grade SSDs for the first quarter of 2017 grew against seasonal head- winds by 3-4% compared with the prior quarter to reach around 6 million units, says DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce. TrendForce Projects Contract Prices of Server DRAM Modules to Increase in Q3 The average contract price of server DRAM mod- ules rose sequentially by nearly 40% and 10%, re- spectively, for the first and second quarters of 2017 due to tight supply, according to DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce. In the third quarter, the average contract price of 32GB server DRAM mod- ules for first-tier customers is projected to arrive to around $260, while the average contract price of 32GB modules for second-tier customers may be higher than that threshold. Flexible PCB Market Industry Trends and Developments The demand for flexible printed circuit boards by manufacturers of smartphones, other mo- bile devices, LCD display, connectivity antennas, and rechargeable batteries, is currently on the rise, according to new report by Future Market Insights. Where is the Semiconductor Manufacturing Sweet Spot? Two recent Semico Research Corp. studies provide the information to not only determine the over- all semiconductor manufacturing sweet spot but to dig even further to find which products and tech- nologies are the driving forces behind the growth or decline. 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 $4845.7 million in 2016 and is anticipated to reach $7075.8 million by 2025, ex- hibiting a CAGR of 4.4% from 2017 to 2025. Global Semiconductor Sales Up 21% YoY in April Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $31.3 billion for the month of April, an increase of 20.9% from the April 2016 total of $25.9 billion, and up by 1.3% from the previous month's total of $30.9 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). U.S. RFID Tags Market to Witness Intense Competitive Trends According to Transparency Market Research, the U.S. RFID Tags Market is expected to be worth $1.67 billion by the end of 2025 from $809.4 mil- lion in 2016. The market is expected to surge at a CAGR of 8.5% during the 2017–2025 forecast pe- riod. Automotive Touch Screen Shipments to Top 50 Million Units in 2017 Automotive touch panel shipments are expected to top 50 million units in 2017, up 11% from 45 million units in 2016, according to IHS Markit. Worldwide Shipments of AR/VR Headsets Gain Momentum in Q1 Worldwide shipments of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headsets continued to soar with a total of 2.3 million units shipped in the first quarter of 2017, according to the International Data Corp. (IDC). Global Artificial Intelligence Market to Grow at a CAGR of 51% Through 2021 Technavio market research analysts forecast the global artificial intelligence (AI) market to grow at a CAGR of close to 51% from 2017-2021. Electronics Industry News Market Highlights

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