New on EDA Blog – 2007.06.08

2006 Smartphone Market
According to ABI Research, Nokia still ranks first with a 56.4% share of the 70.9 million units shipped in 2006. Nokia sold 40 million smartphones in 2006, compared to 28.5 million in 2005. Motorola also had a strong 2006 and occupied the second position with 8.5% market share, driven by the success of its Linux-based devices in China, most notably the MING. At the same time, Symbian’s strong position in the smartphone operating system market is under continued and increasing threat.

Remote Sensing Market Worth $9.9 Billion
According to a BCC Research research report, the total global market expenditures for remote sensing products was more than $7 billion in 2006 and will reach almost $7.3 billion in 2007. At a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.3%, the market will grow to more than $9.9 billion by 2012.

Consumer Electronics Market
According to In-Stat, a succession of attractive new products, along with falling prices and increased capabilities, has helped make the consumer electronics (CE) market seemingly impervious to economic ups and downs around the world. Strong CE sales are expected to continue for several years, with total shipments increasing from 2.1 billion units in 2006 to 3 billion units in 2010.

SEMI Book-to-Bill Report – April 2007
Below is Semi’s April 2007 Book-to-Bill Report. The three-month average of worldwide bookings in April 2007 was $1.60 billion. The bookings figure is over 12% higher than the final March 2007 level of $1.42 billion and even with the $1.60 billion in orders posted in April 2006. The monthly Book-to-Bill Report tracks billings and bookings worldwide of North American-headquartered manufacturers of equipment used to manufacture semiconductor devices, not billings and bookings of the chips themselves. The book-to-bill is a ratio of three-month moving averages of worldwide bookings and billings for North American-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers. Billings and bookings figures are in millions of U.S. dollars.