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2013 electronics market outlook

February 15, 2013

2012 was a bumper year for Flexible PCB manufacturers, since FPCB is used in almost all popular electronic products, especially tablet PC and smart phone which have strongly promoted the FPCB market. The global FPCB market scale reached USD 10,680 million in 2012, an increase of 15.2% compared with 2011. FPCB achieved the strongest growth among all electronic parts and components in 2012, and will maintain the strong growth momentum in 2013.

Worldwide optical transceiver markets are poised to achieve significant growth as the data in networks expands exponentially. As cloud systems proliferate and wireless data takes hold, the efficiencies brought by high speed end-to-end optical networks are needed by carriers and in the data center. The global optical component market at $3.6 billion in 2012 is anticipated to reach $12.3 billion by 2019. Growth is driven by the availability of high speed processors and component devices that support increased speed and traffic on the optical networks. The migration to all optical networks is ongoing.

International Rectifier, previously a supplier of insulated-gate bipolar transistors for home appliances, is targeting industrial motor drives with its new Gen 8 line of IGBTs. The company is making the Gen 8 devices on silicon wafers 140 microns thick to make their heat dissipation more efficient.

NxGEN Electronics Inc, received in late 2012 a high-volume production order from Nitronex Corporation for automated assembly services in support of Nitronex’s industry-leading Gallium Nitride (GaN) RF Power Amplifier devices. The production services will be performed at NxGEN’s San Diego facility. NxGen is a specialist Packaging and assembly house, specialising in RF, CPV, Photonics and other low to medium volume Metal can and PCB packaging.

Provided by A Longford – PandA Europe

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