Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Global and China Fiber Optic Sensor Industry Report

Optical fiber sensor (OFS) is a new type of sensor with light wave as a carrier and optical fiber as a medium, possessing high sensitivity, interference immunity, anti-corrosion, high-pressure resistance and other merits, thus being widely used in national defense, petrochemical, electric power, infrastructure, medical, etc.. At present, all countries in the world are energetically carrying out the R&D and application of optical fiber sensing technology, among them, the United States due to the earliest start leads the world in technology and scale. In 2013, global optical fiber sensor sales reached USD1.89 billion, up 19.6% year on year, of which, the United States registered USD1.22 billion, making up 64.6% of world’s total, which is expected to reach USD4.33 billion in 2018. Details of the new report, table of contents and ordering information can be found on Publications" web site. View the report: Global and China Fiber Optic Sensor Industry Report.

Distributed Fiber Optic Sensor Market

The distributed fiber optic sensor market stood at $585 million in 2013. The market is projected to be $1.458 billion in 2018 with 70% associated with the oil and gas segments, according to a recent market survey report conducted by the Photonic Sensor Consortium.

The Photonics Sensor Consortium in conjunction with Light Wave Venture was started in 2003 as an independent organization to assist in the market development and commercialization of photonic sensor technology. The primary focus has been on distributed fiber optic sensors. Over the last 11years, the Consortium has tracked the market and provided overall projections and market analysis for active participants. This report is the first to be available to the general photonics industry.

Photonic Sensor Consortium Market Report

Why is there such a strong interest in this technology? Fiber optic sensors represent a technology base that can be applied to a multitude of sensing applications. There are several characteristic advantages of fiber optics that make their use especially attractive for sensors:

  • Nonelectrical

  • Explosion-proof

  • Small size and weight

  • Allow access into normally inaccessible areas and harsh environments

  • Immune to radio frequency interference (RFI) and electro-magnetic interference (EMI)

  • Solid-state reliability

  • High accuracy

  • Can facilitate distributed sensing

Most physical properties can be sensed optically with fibers. Light intensity, displacement (position), temperature, pressure, rotation, sound, strain, magnetic field, electric field, radiation, flow, liquid level, chemical analysis, and vibration are just some of the phenomena that can be sensed.

Fiber optic sensors have been used successfully for many years in military gyroscopes and hydrophones. However, their use in smart oil wells has been the key to enabling North America to be on a path to energy independence.

Details of the new report, table of contents and ordering information can be found on Publications’ web site.  View the report2014 Photonic Sensor Consortium Market Survey Report.


Distributed Fiber Optic Sensor Market

3D NAND Cost and Investment Implications

The NAND flash industry is on the cusp of a technology inflection point.  2D NAND is reaching its scaling limits with 3D NAND its anointed successor.

In the 2D NAND era, the underlying process technology (with a few exceptions) is essentially the same amongst all the NAND flash manufacturers.

However, in the 3D NAND era, all the NAND flash manufacturers are developing different 3D NAND concepts with variations in the process implementation. The different processes will impact the investment and manufacturing cost for each of the 3D NAND technologies.

This report provides a detailed analysis of the fab and manufacturing implications of 3D floating gate and charge trap NAND concepts from Samsung, Toshiba, SK Hynix and Intel-Micron versus 16nm 2D NAND.  The analysis is based on a bottoms-up process flow analysis for each 3D NAND technology and 16nm 2D NAND.

Some of the questions addressed in this report include:

- What are the main drivers of the process complexity for 2D NAND and 3D NAND?

- What is the tool commonality between 3D NAND and 2D NAND?

- What is the cost impact of moving the CMOS under the array in 3D NAND?

- How much does it cost to build a Greenfield 3D NAND fab and how does it compare to a 2D NAND fab?  What is the equipment footprint required and the breakdown of the investment by process modules?

- What is the front end manufacturing cost of a 3D NAND wafer compared to a 2D NAND wafer?

- What is the investment required to convert an existing 2D NAND fab to 3D NAND?  What is the impact on the fab cycle time and manufacturing capacity?

- What is the incremental investment required to transition a 32 layer 3D NAND fab to 64 layers?  What is the impact on fab cycle time and manufacturing capacity?

3D NAND Cost 3D NAND Cost and Investment Implications

Details of the new report, table of contents and ordering information can be found on Publications’ web site.  View the report:  Cost and Investment Implications of 3D NAND.


3D NAND Cost and Investment Implications

IPC PCB Industry Results 2014

IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for March 2014
North American PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio Turns Positive

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced the March findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Sales were up in March and the book-to-bill ratio strengthened, returning to positive territory.

Positive Sales Growth Returns

Total North American PCB shipments increased 4.8 percent in March 2014 from March 2013, strengthening year-to-date shipment growth to -0.8 percent. Compared to the previous month, PCB shipments jumped 18.9 percent.

PCB bookings continued negative at -5.5 percent year over year. Year-to-date order growth, while still negative, improved to -6.9 percent. Order growth climbed 20.9 percent over the previous month.

The North American PCB book-to-bill ratio strengthened in March for the fourth straight month, reaching 1.01, just above parity.

“The book-to-bill ratio’s climb and positive year-on-year sales growth in March are encouraging signs of a recovery ahead,” said Sharon Starr, IPC’s director of market research. She cautioned, however, that “the book-to-bill ratio has just reached positive territory after six consecutive months below 1.00. Economic indicators are positive for 2014, but the PCB industry’s recovery is developing slowly.”

PCB Sales

North American PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio


Detailed Data Available

The April edition of IPC’s North American PCB Market Report, containing detailed March data from IPC’s PCB Statistical Program, will be published later this week. The monthly report presents detailed findings on rigid PCB and flexible circuit sales and orders, including separate rigid and flex book-to-bill ratios, military and medical market growth, demand for prototypes, and other timely data. This report is available free to current participants in IPC’s PCB Statistical Program and by subscription to others. More information about this report can be found at

Interpreting the Data

The book-to-bill ratios are calculated by dividing the value of orders booked over the past three months by the value of sales billed during the same period from companies in IPC’s survey sample. A ratio of more than 1.00 suggests that current demand is ahead of supply, which is a positive indicator for sales growth over the next three to six months. A ratio of less than 1.00 indicates the reverse.

Year-on-year and year-to-date growth rates provide the most meaningful view of industry growth. Month-to-month comparisons should be made with caution as they reflect seasonal effects and short-term volatility. Because bookings tend to be more volatile than shipments, changes in the book-to-bill ratios from month to month may not be significant unless a trend of more than three consecutive months is apparent. It is also important to consider changes in bookings and shipments to understand what is driving changes in the book-to-bill ratio.

IPC’s monthly PCB industry statistics are based on data provided by a representative sample of both rigid PCB and flexible circuit manufacturers selling in the USA and Canada. IPC publishes the PCB book-to-bill ratio at the end of each month. Statistics for the current month are not available until the last week of the following month.

### Publications is an IPC member and authorized distributor of IPC industry standards, workforce training products, and market research.


IPC PCB Industry Results 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Permanent Magnets Market is Expected to Grow to $22.9 Billion by 2018

According to a new technical market research report Permanent Magnets: Technologies and Global Markets, the global market for permanent magnets was valued at $13.9 billion in 2012 and is expected to increase to $ 15.1 billion in 2013.  Permanent Magnets market is expected to grow to $22.9 billion by 2018, and register a five-year compound annual growth rate of 8.7% from 2013 to 2018.Robust growth has been seen in the demand for permanent magnets during the last decade, and it is expected to grow at a considerable rate due to increasing industrial applications such as electric power steering and engines, wind turbines and consumer electronics. Of the four permanent magnet types (NdFeB, SmCo, AlNiCo, and Ferrite/ceramic ) available on the global market today, NdFeB type magnets account for approximately 98% of the total global permanent magnet demand, and this will continue to be the fastest-growing segment, with an average growth of 10% annually through 2017. In terms of the volume of magnets produced, ferrite magnets constitute roughly 90% of global production, with NdFeB magnets constituting 7% to 8%. Demand for NdFeB magnets will be primarily seen from the Asia-Pacific region and the United States.

China has recently emerged as the world’s largest producer of all types of permanent magnets, with particularly high control over rare earth permanent magnets. The global permanent magnet industry has received a considerable amount of attention in recent years, in large part due to the export restrictions placed by China on its key raw materials: rare earths. Increasingly stringent Chinese trade regulations and rising global demand from the automotive, green energy, and electronic industries is expected to shape significant growth in this market for the foreseeable future.

This new technical market research report provides an in-depth view on the dynamics of the global market for permanent magnets, industrial products made from a magnetized material that is capable of emitting magnetic energy continuously without any external impetus. It focuses on production, sales, applications, processes, cost structure, patents, rare earth price forecast, and supplier profiles. Forecasts are provided for each of these parameters wherever applicable through to 2018. The study provides the most recent and relevant information required to understand the nuances of the global permanent magnet industry, which would help current consumers, investors, and both Chinese and non-Chinese producers, among others to better understand their positions in terms of procurement, markets and anticipated future trends for effective strategy management.

The study is intended for a broad range of industry players, including direct consumers, distributors, suppliers, and investors who are interested in entering into any field from automotive to electronics in which permanent magnets play critical roles. These include: original equipment manufacturers and system integrators who use magnets as crucial parts of their products or systems; companies involved in the production or usage of high-power electric motors; medical device manufacturing companies; especially those involved in the production of magnetic resonance imaging devices; and distributors of permanent magnets located in key markets such as the U.S., Japan and Europe.

Details of the new report, table of contents and ordering information can be found on Publications’ web site.
View the report: Permanent Magnets: Technologies and Global Markets.


Permanent Magnets Market is Expected to Grow to $22.9 Billion by 2018

Future Key Technologies in the Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Market

ELECTRONICS.CA PUBLICATIONS announces the availability of a new market research report entitled “Power Electronics for Electric Vehicles 2013-2023: Forecasts, Technologies, Players”.  This report forecasts the future key technologies and players in the electric and hybrid vehicle market. According to this report, the market for electric vehicle inverters will grow from an estimated $10billion to around $18billion between 2013 and 2023. As the demand for inverters is already established in the automation and industrial control industries, this additional significant complementary market will create new sectors and opportunities for both existing suppliers and new players on the market – particularly for those who specialise in electric vehicle knowledge and can provide highly integrated electric powertrain systems.

Currently, inverters in light electric vehicles such as e-bikes currently dominate the market in terms of volume with high demand in Asia. However, according to the report, by 2023 inverters in passenger vehicles will dominate by market value as high volume production is established.

Greater overall system efficiency will be achieved, resulting in a reduction of package size and system cost, the adoption of new materials and control algorithms, and a move towards higher levels of system integration.

Key technologies such as power device materials, power capacitors and cooling technologies all assist in driving electric vehicle inverter design advances. The report states that these will assist in producing step changes in performance, size and reliability over the next decade.  Silicon Carbide and Gallium Nitrate will be the most notable of these materials, but packaging and reliability issues will restrict their use until the end of the decade.

Future Key TechnologiesFurther information about future technology trends, designs, and market trends is available in the full report. The report is targeted at industrialists, investors, market researchers and others interested in the huge expanding electric vehicle market for power electronics technology. Details of the new report, table of contents and ordering information can be found on Publications’ web site.  View the report: Power Electronics for Electric Vehicles 2013-2023: Forecasts, Technologies, Players.


Future Key Technologies in the Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Market

Friday, July 18, 2014

Poor Power Quality & Ensuing Need to Protect Electronic Equipment Drives Demand for Surge Protection Devices Publications announces the release of a comprehensive global report on Surge Protection Devices (SPDs) market. Global market for Surge Protection Devices (SPDs) is forecast to exceed US$2.5 billion by 2018, driven by poor power quality especially in developing countries and the ensuing need to protect sensitive electronic equipment.

Surge protection devices (SPDs), comprising transient voltage surge suppressors and surge arrestors, are growing in importance, given the billions of dollars of losses caused by voltage fluctuations and power line abnormalities.

Widespread use of sophisticated electrical, electronic, communication and data equipment is the primary driving force spurring the adoption of power management solutions such as surge protection devices (SPDs) in both developed and developing economies. Proliferation of home appliances, personal computers, heating and air conditioning equipment, and other high-end industrial electronic equipment, presents a strong business case for SPDs. Increasing miniaturization and clock speeds of microprocessors as dictated by Moore’s Law comes at a price, namely higher sensitivity of the chips to power transients, electromagnetic interference, radio frequency interference and electrical field transients. The increasing sensitivity of modern electronic equipment/devices to even split-second electricity fluctuations throws the focus squarely on SPDs, especially so against a scenario when industries across the world are migrating towards digitization and automation of production and business processes.

The commercial end-use sector, comprising telecommunications firms, investment banks, data centers and telecom among others, is expected to witness strong growth in the coming years. With nationwide alternate energy programs gaining traction in Germany, China and other major economies, demand for surge protectors is expected to gain strength, given that wind power turbines and solar PV arrays installations are highly prone to lightning strikes. The increasing substitution of conventional coil and core street lamps with light emitting diodes for outdoor lighting is also opening up new growth avenues for SPD manufacturers.

As stated by the new market research report on Surge Protection Devices (SPDs), the United States represents the largest market worldwide. Developing countries are forecast to spearhead future growth in the market led by mounting issues related to stable power supply. Escalating demand for energy as a result of robust pace of economic development and industrialization, inefficient energy infrastructure and power shortages, are key reasons responsible for poor power quality in these countries. Asia-Pacific, led by China and India, is forecast to witness the strongest growth over the analysis period. Key factors driving growth in the region include stringent enforcement of SPD installations, and growing consumer appetite for LCD and LED TVs, personal computers and other expensive electronic devices.

Line Cord SPDs constitutes the largest product market, while Hard-Wired SPDs represents the fastest growing market segment. Hard-wired Cord SPDs including receptacles and panel mount SPDs, are more ubiquitous than plug-in SPDs and line-cord SPDs, and find application as an integral part of the electrical architecture of every residential, commercial and industrial building. In contrast, Plug-in SPDs and line-cord SPDs are more of an optional purchase, influenced by consumer awareness and use of electrical, electronic or communications equipment and data lines.

Global market for SPDs is extremely competitive characterized by a high degree of fragmentation, and pricing pressures. The relatively commoditized SPD technology leaves very little scope for differentiation. Pure-play SPD manufacturers face stiff competition from large diversified electrical equipment makers.

Major players covered in the report include Advanced Protection Technologies Inc., Belkin international Inc., DEHN + SONS GmbH + Co. KG, Eaton Corporation PLC, GE Industrial Solutions, Hubbell Incorporated, Koninklijke Philips N.V., Leviton Manufacturing Co. Inc., Legrand, Liebert Corporation, Nexus Industries Ltd., Novaris Pty Ltd., OBO BETTER MANN GmbH & Co. KG, Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG, Panamax LLC, Schneider Electric SA, REV Ritter GmbH, Smiths Interconnect, Shenzen Dowin Lightning Technologies Co. Ltd., Thomas & Betts Power Solutions LLC, and Tripp Lite.

The research report titled “Surge Protection Devices (SPDs): A Global Strategic Business Report“, provides a comprehensive review of market trends, growth drivers, challenges, issues, and strategic industry activities of major companies worldwide . The report provides revenue estimates and projections for all major geographic markets, including the US, Canada, Japan, Europe (France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, India, and Rest of Asia-Pacific), Latin America (Brazil, and Rest of Latin America) and Rest of World. The global and regional markets for SPDs are analyzed in US dollars by the following product types: Plug-In, Hard-Wired, Line Cord, and Power Control Center. The global SPDs market is further analyzed by end-use sectors comprising Communication, Consumer, and Others (includes Industrial, and Healthcare Applications, among others).

Poor Power Quality & Ensuing Need to Protect Electronic Equipment Drives Demand for Surge Protection Devices