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Electric vehicle cost penalty may be decisive

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In the coming decades the improvement and choice of land vehicle powertrain will mainly be dictated by emissions conformance which will mean a cost/performance compromise. This will result in popularity moving from conventional to pure electric as laws tighten and technology improves, writes Dr Peter Harrop, chairman, IDTechEx Pure electric is already the norm for most small land e-vehicles such ...

Tech jobs are the UK’s most recession-proof

The technology profession is the most recession-proof in the UK, according IT recruiter, Randstad Technologies. Randstad carried out an analysis of data from the Office of National Statistics which indicated that staff in the IT sector have survived the economic crisis of 2008/9 better than any other profession due to the growing demand for technology across the UK. It points ...

Quantum dots will make TVs more colourful

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Demand for quantum dots will increase 20-fold over next decade, writes Dr Guillaume Chansin. Ever since Sony launched the first television with quantum dots in 2013, these highly engineered materials have been back in the spotlight. But I expect to see the shipment of quantum dots increase significantly in the next ten years. Quantum dots are nanocrystals of semiconductor. What ...

Wireless speakers drive booming home audio market

Home audio equipment suppliers will ship $13.5bn worth of products in 2015, around 17% up on 2014, according to market analyst, SAR Insight & Consulting. Big consumer drivers in this market are wireless speakers (primarily Bluetooth) and multi-room speakers (primarily Wi-Fi and Bluetooth). The sound bar market also continues to grow at an expected annual growth rate of 13% from ...

Wireless charging of vehicles needs standards

High power wireless charging seems to be the flavour of the month. A recent report from analysts at IDTechEx interestingly outlines the impact it could have on the market for electric buses. Dr Peter Harrop of IDTechEx writes: “Wireless charging removes hassle and personnel issues such as holding a heavy, wet power terminal. It will even evolve into semi-dynamic charging where ...

Europe’s distributors see benefit of weak euro

Europe’s semiconductor distributors continue to see strong sales despite wider economic concerns in the Euro Zone. However, much of the growth in sales revenues is coming from a euro/dollar swing which saw a 20% fall in the value of the euro meaning sellers benefited from price increases. According to DMASS (Distributors’ and Manufacturers’ Association of Semiconductor Specialists), semiconductor distribution sales in ...

Jaguar Land Rover calls a taxi with Uber

Jaguar Land Rover owner, Tata has invested in internet technology company Uber. The investment by the India-based manufacturing conglomerate is the latest example of the car industry identifying the potential new business in internet-connected vehicles. Connected vehicles will create a new business opportunity proving the internet-based mobile services to the driver. Car manufacturers will soon be competing against technology companies ...

Internet security cameras in demand in India

The market for internet-based video surveillance systems in India is one to watch, according to market researcher, 6Wresearch. The growing demand for security cameras connected to the internet in India will mean the internet protocol (IP) video surveillance could be worth $1.4bn by 2021. Amongst all IP surveillance cameras, bullet shaped camera has captured major share of market volume in ...

More robots in the home – market survey

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Do we really want robots in our homes to do the washing and make the coffee? Or is the relentless on-rush of robotics a high tech myth? Online purchasing specialist, Idealo has carried out a user survey to find out if we really want machines helping us out around the home. It found that only one in 10 consumers browsing vacuum ...

Graphene market set for major growth in 2018

IDTechEx Research has estimated that the graphene market will reach nearly $200m at the material year. Revenues are currently dominated by sales of small-volume but high-priced research samples, but as commercial supply chains develop it is estimated that sales and price falls will accelerate from 2018-2020. The IDTechEx Research report concludes: “Graphene has an extraordinary set of properties and multi-billion dollar investments are ...