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Wearable electronics set to drive battery revenue over the next four years

The global market for batteries used in wearable electronics will grow more than tenfold in just four short years, propelled by portable new products especially suitable for active sports and fitness lifestyles, according to a new report from IHS Technology. According to the report worldwide revenue for wearable electronics batteries is projected to reach $77 million by 2018, up from $6 million by year-end in 2014.

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Altera joins IBM OpenPOWER foundation, looks to develop next-generation data centres

Altera Corporation has joined the IBM OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development alliance based on IBM"s POWER microprocessor architecture. Altera will collaborate with IBM and other OpenPOWER Foundation members to develop high-performance compute solutions that integrate IBM POWER CPUs with Altera’s FPGA-based acceleration technologies for use in next-generation data centres.

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Budget looks to boost economic performance of UK plc

George Osborne’s fifth budget provided some good news about the economy and promised more extensive support for business. According to the Office for Budgetary Responsibility (OBR) economic growth is to accelerate this year and to be higher next year than originally forecast in the Autumn Statement. National output is expected to move above its pre-recessionary peak later this year.

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Knowles Capacitors takes a bow

With a combined history exceeding 175 years, Dielectric Laboratories (DLI), Novacap, Syfer Technology and Voltronics have come together to form a single organisation, Knowles Capacitors. This new entity is a division of Knowles Corporation of USA, an independent publicly traded company, and its head office will be in Norwich, UK, and headed up by Howard Ingleson the previous MD of Syfer Technology.

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CBI urges Government to take action on growing skills vacuum

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is calling for action to make careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) more attractive and easier to access. The UK’s leading business organisation is urging the Government to consider financing a cut in tuition fees for some STEM courses, developing new training routes for existing workers, and creating a one-year crossover qualification.

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Axiom takes aim in advanced surface mount technology

UK-based contract electronics manufacturer, Axiom Manufacturing Services, has upgraded its SMT capability with the UK’s first Fuji Aimex IIs surface mount assembly line comprising of a Dek Horizon 03iX printer, 3 Fuji Aimex IIx placement units and a BTU Pyramax 150z12 reflow oven. The increasing demand for re-shoring of complex products back to the UK for manufacture means that UK CEMS must have surface mount assembly platforms that are equally cost effective in both higher volume/low mix as well as the more established low volume, high mix model.

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Renesas retains leading market position as a vendor of OE automotive semiconductors

According to the latest market analysis from Semicast Research, Renesas Electronics remained the leading vendor of semiconductors to the OE automotive sector in 2013, ahead of Infineon Technologies. STMicroelectronics was the third largest vendor, with Freescale fourth and NXP fifth. Semicast estimates that revenues for OE automotive semiconductors totalled USD 27.1 billion in 2013.

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Global revenue for digital power supplies and digital power ICs set to jump in 2014

The global market for digital power is undergoing explosive growth, with revenues for digital power supplies and digital power integrated circuits (ICs) each projected to jump almost 65 percent in 2014, according to a new report from IHS Technology. According to their research global revenue for digital power supplies is forecast to approach $3.3 billion in 2014 and then climb to $11.8 billion in 2018. Global revenue for digital power ICs is forecast to top $605 million in 2014, and then reach $3.1 billion by 2018.

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Go Digital Newcastle launches to bring a predicted £150m to city economy

Newcastle is to become one of the UK’s first super-connected cities in a scheme that will boost the city’s economy by a predicted £150 million. Go Digital Newcastle, a government scheme delivered by Newcastle City Council, will see 97% of Newcastle given access to superfast fibre broadband by 2015, free Wi-Fi in Newcastle City Centre, a cloud computing centre, business connection vouchers and a business support programme.

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European Semiconductor Distribution Market (DMASS) sees annual growth of 2.6 per cent

Given a boost by a healthy fourth quarter, the semiconductor distribution industry in Europe in 2013 saw annual growth reach 2.6%. According to DMASS (Distributors’ and Manufacturers’ Association of Semiconductor Specialists) sales in the fourth quarter of last year rose by 11.1% to 1.41 Billion Euro helping to lift the year as a whole to 5.87 Billion Euro. (DMASS only reports industrial semiconductor sales, defined as all semiconductors, excluding the PC channel.)

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