FRAMINGHAM, MA – Handset vendors shipped a total of 272.7 million units worldwide in the second quarter, about 6.9% more than the previous quarter, and 16.5% more year-over-year, according to researcher IDC.

Samsung
beat Motorola for the number two spot in global market share, with 37.4 million units shipped, added the firm.
 
Following a slow first quarter, Motorola announced a dismal performance in handset shipments. On the other hand, Samsung announced its fourth straight quarter of record shipments.
 
Motorola was the only vendor to post a year-over-year decrease among the leading vendors, slipping to third place, citing ongoing shipment challenges in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and to a lesser extent, Europe, said IDC. On the positive side, the company crossed a milestone having shipped its 100 millionth Razr phone.
 
Number one Nokia’s total shipments equaled more than those of the next three vendors combined (100.8 million units), said IDC. Much of Nokia's growth was attributed to its shipment growth within Europe and Asia, but still showed some signs of struggle in North America. At the same time, Nokia enjoyed a record shipment of 13.9 million units shipped in the region, thanks in part to its N-series and E-series devices.
 
Sony Ericsson remained the clear number four vendor, and took honors for having the largest year-over-year shipment increase among the leading vendors. Sony Ericsson's Walkman line of phones accounted for a third of its shipments, said IDC. The company also announced the W960 and W910, both expected to ship later this year.
 
In addition, Sony Ericsson announced plans to establish its own R & D site in Chennai, India, a move that will no doubt aid its manufacturing agreements with partners Flextronics and Foxconn, said the research firm.
 
LG Electronics, having reached a record shipment level, remained firmly in fifth place, and despite its improvements, closed the gap with Sony Ericsson only slightly, according to IDC.
EL SEGUNDO, CA – Following three years of strong growth, the global electronic equipment market’s expansion will decelerate slightly in 2007, iSuppli Corp. predicts.
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SAN JOSE -- The EDA Consortium announced that the EDA industry revenue for Q1 of 2007 rose 10 percent to $1,345 million, up $122 million versus Q1 2006.

The companies that were tracked employed 25,820 professionals in Q1 2007, up by nearly 1,500 professionals versus last year at the same time.

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BANNOCKBURN, IL -- Rigid PCB shipments among North American fabricators fell 10.7% and bookings dropped 9.8% percent in June, IPC said today.

However, rigid shipments were up 12.3% and bookings rose 20.8% sequentially. The book-to-bill ratio for the rigid PCB industry in June 2007 climbed back up above parity to 1.01. 

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EL SEGUNDO, CA – At just beyond the midyear point, all signs point to the PC market attaining the annual forecast of 11.2% growth in unit shipments, says iSuppli Corp.

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TOKYO — Japan May PWB production rose 7.9% year-over-year to 80.3 billion yen, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry reported last week.

May production dropped 5% from April. The sequential drop is unusual as a rebound typically occurs in May, industry analyst Dominique Numakura said in his weekly newsletter.
 
Rigid multilayer board sales rose 1.1% over last year, but fell 7.8% from April. Unit selling prices dropped "significantly," Numakura said. Single- and double-sided boards and high-layer-count boards were flat compared to April. 

Flex circuit sales rose 11.2% from 2006 and 2.4% over April. Double-sided and multilayer flex boards were up 19.5% year-over-year and 4.4% from April.  Average selling prices have remained at record high levels over the last four months, indicating that the flex circuit segment is trending upward, Numakura said. However, single-side flex data suggest a downward trend in volume and revenues, he said. 

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