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Mobile, desktop computing landscape affects connector market

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:connectors? desktop computing? smartphone? tablet?

The significant shifts in demand patterns in the mobile and desktop computing industries will directly impact connector manufacturers, according to Bishop and Associates, a market-research firm specialising in the global electronic connector market.

High-volume products typically assembled by Asian-based subcontractors and low-volume regionally built custom products characterise today's computer and peripherals market. This major sector exhibits a need for high-density, high-speed connectors and standardised I/O connectors. A typical PC or laptop contains anywhere from 20 to 30 connectors while server or storage devices contain just as many or even more.

While some major segments have reached near commodity status, the industry is faces challenges due to maturation of the desktop category, slowing growth in notebooks, and the rapid developments in mobile technologies that power smartphones and tablets. Shifts from traditional devices will present challenges to existing connector product as well as new design opportunities.

The value of the PC connector market in 2012 is estimated at $8.4 billion. European-American companies, Hon Hai and Foxlink are taking the in the internal connector market for desktop PCs while a number of Taiwan-based SMEs dominate the external connector sector. As for notebook and tablet connectors, Japanese and Taiwan-based suppliers like Panasonic, Fujikura, JAE and Hirose are the major players.





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