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As a semiconductor company who supplies a wide range of consumer electronics manufacturers that includes industry players LG, Logitech, Polk Audio & Boston Acoustics, we've seen several trends forming over the last few years. The Consumer Electronics Association's just released 2011 research that confirms what we've been seeing below the surface for some time.
THE MOVE FROM VIDEO TO AUDIO
Considerable numbers of consumers upgraded to either HD or flat panel TVs over the last few years. & perhaps surprising the industry, consumers are now viewing 3D as a feature & not as a compelling reason for upgrading their TVs. In fact, after TV & BluRay purchases, U.S. consumers are now looking to upgrade their audio to match their vastly improved video1. Confirming the trends we are seeing, the top two CE products sold this year were audio products & CEA predicts SoundBars, speakers & home theater type audio are/will draw consumers 2012-‘17.
As consumer focus shifts from upgrading video devices to improving audio in the home1, most Americans are likely to be further propelled to buy new audio systems by their #1 desire, superior sound quality. “Nine in ten consumers say sound quality is the most important component of an audio experience2,” &“appeal of high quality audio electronics extends beyond the audio enthusiast (34%) to consumers with a moderate interest in audio (39%) saying they are willing to pay more for high quality audio electronics devices. 2”
We'd like to invite you to discuss the coming CE trends with us. We will share what types of products are currently being designed & what market volumes are likely to be. & if you like, we can include the Consumer Electronic Association's Chief Economist, Analyst, & Director of Research Shawn Dubravac in the discussion, if you are interested in digging a little deeper into his research.
When could you meet for 15 minutes at CES in our Venetian suite #34-309? Transport provided if needed.
You're welcome, Rene. We actually post roughly one fresh EE Times Confidential Extra! story per day, in addition to a conveniently formatted monthly PDF...so, it is worth looking into.
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Thanks for the detail-rich summary. I have to confess that I am not a frequent visitor for EE Times Confidential, but you have sparked my interest, and will have to visit more frequently to see if there is content that I am interested in.
Liked the story on the potential future fabless ARM competitor.
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David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.