Market research firm Gartner has issued a second-quarter 2015 “update” to its report, “Forecast: PCs, Ultramobiles and Mobile Phones, Worldwide, 2012-2019”. Meanwhile, according to analyst firm International Data Corporation (IDC), the global PC market continues to decline ahead of the release of Windows 10.
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The huge popularity of ultra-mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, has driven demand for miniaturized electronics, and this has encouraged the use of relatively tiny MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) microphones.
Boston-based Vesper is pioneering a new type of MEMS microphone, a piezoelectric MEMS microphone, as opposed to the more conventional capacitive MEMS microphone. Vesper claims this enables a higher signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), for greatly improved audio quality and sensitivity.
Carbon fiber consists of crystalline filaments, merely a few microns in width. But while the filaments are thin, they can impart high strength and rigidity to plastics, and the resulting composites, generically known as carbon-fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP), are in increasing demand across a variety of industries. In aerospace and automotive, for example, fuel-efficiency favors replacing metal parts and components with lighter CFRP counterparts. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a well known case in point, where the goal was an aircraft 20% more fuel-efficient than the 767 it was replacing.
Market research firm DisplaySearch defines a smart TV as one that “can retrieve content from the Internet without the restrictions of a portal, has intelligent search and recommendations, is upgradeable by its owner, and is able to network seamlessly with other devices in the home.” Will every home have one, and when?