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34 PCB007 MAGAZINE I JUNE 2018 Global Flex PCB Market: Growth Through 2026 E The opportunity in this market is expanding at a healthy CAGR of 11.80% between 2018 and 2026, increasing from $13.51 billion in 2017 and rising to $38.27 billion by the end of 2026. Can a Home WiFi Router Act as a Medical Sensing Device? E New research that could transform the future of healthcare will investigate whether it is pos- sible to reuse WiFi radio waves as a medical radar system. Researchers to Develop Self-Evaluating Robots E Robots can do a lot of things—assemble cars, search for bombs, cook a meal or assist in sur- gery. But something they can't do is tell you how they are doing. Novel Fibre Optic Receiver Helps Researchers Break Data Transmission Record E Optical connectivity requirements imposed by such the data explosion of 5G and IoT means there's a growing need for energy-efficient, multi-channel links with fast data transfer rates. Smart Technology, New Business Models, and Cross-industry Digitization Revolutionize the Energy & Power Industry in Asia-Pacific E A rise in battery energy storage capabilities, emerging start-ups, and an increase in merger and acquisitions drive expanding growth op- portunities. Six Predictions that Will Shape the Global Energy Storage Sector in 2018 E Frost & Sullivan's recent analysis finds that the total installed capacity will grow 15.9% be- tween 2017 and 2018, and the top six countries will complete installation of 1,369 MW of grid- scale ESS projects in 2018. Flexible Fingerprint Sensors Promise Embedded Secure Access E Researchers from Holst Centre have demon- strated a new class of flexible, large-area sensor technology for detecting finger and palm prints. Global Semiconductor Sales Up 20% Year-to-Year in Q1 E The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), announced worldwide sales of semicon- ductors reached $111.1 billion during 2018Q1, an increase of 20% compared to 2017Q1, but 2.5% less than 2017Q4. Telecommunications Companies Modernize, Diversify in Face of Competition E Telecommunications companies are under threat from over-the-top (OTT) services that enable consumers to communicate over the in- ternet via streaming content and apps such as Skype, WhatsApp and Viber. On-Board Magnetic Sensor Market Worth $1.89 Billion by 2023 E The factors driving this market are the contin- uous growth in the use of on-board magnetic sensors for consumer electronics applications and the role of on-board magnetic sensors in navigation. Electronics Industry News and Market Highlights

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