SAN JOSE, CA – Worldwide sales will surpass $321 billion in 2010 with a CAGR of 7.7% for the period between 2007 and 2010, the Semiconductor Industry Association today reported in its annual forecast of global semiconductor sales.

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EL SEGUNDO, CA – Pricing has become the paramount concern for television makers, as the growing emphasis on achieving the lowest possible cost has brought wrenching changes to the competitive landscape and manufacturing structure of the business, says iSuppli Corp. Read more ...
SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Intel, Nan Ya, Foxconn and a host of other companies are scheduled to speak at a January symposium on halogen-free technology.
 
Mostafa Aghazadeh, Intel vice president and director of Chandler assembly technology development, and F.Y. Lee, vice president of Nan Ya materials, will keynote the conference.

Topics covered at the symposium will include OEM’s environmental positions and roadmaps, supply chain readiness, and challenges including material availability, cost and reliability.
 
Intel will host the symposium, which takes place Jan. 15–16, in Scottsdale. IPC is a co-producer.

Among the companies that plan to participate are Dell, HP, Apple, Lenovo, and the U.S. EPA.

To register: http://www.ipc.org/calendar/2008/intel_halogen_free/intel0108-REG.pdf
ATLANTAUP Media Group, parent company of Printed Circuit Design & Fab, announced today that several leading industry suppliers have signed on to exhibit at Virtual PCB, the industry’s first virtual trade show and conference for the PCB design, fabrication and assembly markets, Feb. 12-13.
 
Exhibiting companies to date include Agilent Technologies, BTU International, Dage Precision Industries Inc., DEK, and EFD.
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BOSTON Sales of backhaul transport equipment will grow 43% annually over the next five years, reaching $7.3 billion by 2012, says Ovum RHK.
 
Component demand related to backhaul transport equipment will exceed $1 billion by 2012, the company adds, citing a five-year forecast of wireless backhaul traffic, services, equipment and components.
 
Traffic on mobile backhaul networks will grow by 32% per year, driven by the adoption of mobile broadband services around the globe, and mobile operators will spend $37 billion globally on wireless backhaul in 2012, nearly 12% of total operating expense, Ovum says. 
 
“Mobile operators today are challenged to grow backhaul capacity quickly, flexibly, and economically, to support rapid growth in bandwidth-intensive mobile data services,” said Ovum VP John Lively. “Fortunately, many new architectures and equipment innovations will allow them to meet this challenge."
 
TEMPE, AZ – The slowdown in housing and other markets is starting to back up on manufacturing, according to a report released today by the Institute for Supply Management.

Manufacturing grew in October but at a slower rate as the PMI registered 50.9%, down 110 basis points from September. A reading above 50% indicates that the manufacturing economy is generally expanding. It was the ninth consecutive month manufacturing sector economic activity expanded, the trade group said.  Read more ...

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