The global markets for digital power supplies and digital power integrated circuits (ICs) are projected to expand rapidly from 2013 to 2017, new research revealed recently. The report went on to note that the primary reasons for the surge are IT infrastructure increases and technology expansions into lighting and consumer-oriented applications including PCs, appliances and cellphones. Revenue this year will rise 37% from $2.7 billion in 2012, while growth in digital power ICs is also forecast with revenues increasing more than fivefold from 2013 to reach $2.6 billion in 2017.
New forecasting research for in-building coverage solutions puts Latin America as the fastest growing market, with a CAGR of 33% between 2012-2018. The FIFA World Cup Brazil in 2014 and Rio Olympics in 2016 are the most conspicuous demand drivers for indoor wireless coverage solutions in this region. While Brazil will be the key beneficiary of this growth, the tiger economies of Peru, Chile, and Colombia are also expected to reap rewards. Contracts for covering stadiums and venues have already started to be given out, while transportation hubs like airports and train stations, hospitality venues like hotels, and large public venues like shopping malls will need improved coverage and capacity. With estimates of close to $120 billion in gross public and private investment going into supporting the sporting bonanzas, indoor coverage solutions will see some of that investment trickling in.
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U.S. television shipments are forecast to decline for a second year in a row in 2013, but growth will resume next year as the liquid crystal display television (LCD TV) segment regains some of the strength it had lost in the past year, reports a recently released study. Shipments in 2013 of televisions into the U.S. market will amount to a projected 36.6 million units, compared to 37.6 million last year. The anticipated nearly 3% contraction will be smaller than the 6% slide suffered by the industry in 2012, when domestic TV shipments retreated from 39.9 million units in 2011. Nevertheless, current trends indicate that shipments will decline for two straight years by the time 2013 is over.
The next generation Wi-Fi technology, 802.11ac, will take off quickly in the next five years, observes a newly available study. The consumer electronics industry is already preparing for the transition, as companies have plans in place to roll out new devices that support this latest protocol. The report went on to predict that by the end of 2015, sales of consumer devices with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, including routers and gateways, will exceed the 1-billion-unit mark, equivalent to over 40% of all Wi-Fi-enabled devices. The report concludes that, based on current trends, the global sales of Wi-Fi CE devices will reach 2.8 billion in 2017.
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In the second half of 2012, existing smartphone owners were most likely to be interested in devices with a screen size between 4.2-inches and 4.7-inches, reports a recently released survey. It also found an increase in the most preferred smartphone screen size from the same period in 2011, when a 4.3-inch device was most preferred. Smartphone “intenders” (those who don’t currently have a smartphone, but intend to purchase one) show greater interest in slightly smaller devices than existing smartphone owners, while males preferred smartphones with larger screens than female. Overall, respondents showed a marked preference for their next phone to have a larger screen size than their existing handset.
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