U.S. PMI data for July 2012 stays flat at 49.8 from 49.7 in June 2012, this is indicative of a wider global malaise that is mirrored by not only other regional PMI index’s but also the results of major Semiconductor vendors. Lack of manufacturing capacity for key components coupled with the lack of investment in new fab space mean that this problem is likely to continue for a number of months and will eventually limit the availability of key flagship mobile products.
Handset shipments have not seen a sequential YoY decline since the global economic crisis of 2008-2009. Although seasonality regularly brings a negative impact in Q2, the economic crisis in Western Europe has compounded the issue, leading to an uncommon annual contraction of handset shipments for two consecutive quarters,” say ABI Research senior analyst Michael Morgan.
Growing at a compound annual growth rate of 4.3 percent, capital expenditures on microwave backhaul equipment for mobile networks will reach almost $5 billion in 2012 as mobile network operators upgrade and transition to more cost effective packet microwave systems. The Asia Pacific and Western European regions will continue to dominate the market for microwave equipment with a combined share of 61 percent in 2017.
Aeroflex Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Aeroflex Holding Corp., and University College London (UCL) announced today the official opening of the UCL-Aeroflex Wireless Communications Laboratory in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University.
ABI Research’s latest forecasts for Enterprise and Consumer Femtocells, also referred to as Indoor Small Cells, estimate largely flat volume shipments in 2012 relative to 2011. The shipments in 2012 are expected to contain 2.44 million units, similar to the 2.47 million units shipped in 2011. In total, ABI Research estimates 5.3 million units will be deployed by end 2012.
Technologies essential to the latest smartphones and tablets mean that the analog integrated circuit (IC) industry can look forward to guaranteed expansion over the next few years, states a new report by business intelligence providers GBI Research.
NuWaves Engineering, an international Radio Frequency (RF) solutions company, has been selected to present a technical abstract at the 1st Annual International Space Station (ISS) Research and Development Conference on June 28th in Denver, Colorado.
Alcatel-Lucent has announced that the Smart-RF research project undertaken by a consortium of companies led by Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent’s research arm, achieved a major breakthrough for base station deployment. The group developed the technical foundation for a new reconfigurable radio frequency transmitter capable of supporting different wireless standards within a single radio frequency band.
The Royal Academy of Engineering, Radio Design Ltd and the University of Leeds, UK, have announced the establishment of a new Research Chair focussed on original research in the field of microwave signal processing. Professor Ian Hunter of the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering has been appointed to this position and will head up a Centre of Microwave Signal Processing at Leeds University.
Analog Devices Inc. leads the worldwide data converter market with a 48.5 percent share, according to industry analyst firm Databeans Inc., an independent market research company focused on the semiconductor and electronics industry. In a newly issued market research report entitled “2012 Analog,” Databeans confirmed that Analog Devices continues to lead the data converter market worldwide with a majority share that is larger than the combined market share of all the companies identified by the research.