This may be overly simplistic, but public companies must report once every quarter. Just change the report from monthly to quarterly - data can be extrapolated based on previous reports, new equipment purchases, supply purchases etc.
Reminds me of the old adage: Garbage In = Garbage Out. More correctly, it is a reminder to take all studies and surveys and statistics information with a healthy dose of skepticism UNLESS you know the real constituents of the data. Without the data constituent knowledge, you can only extrapolate gross trends.
As we unveil EE Times’ 2015 Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. Panelists Dan Armbrust (investment firm Silicon Catalyst), Andrew Kau (venture capital firm Walden International), and Stan Boland (successful serial entrepreneur, former CEO of Neul, Icera) join in the live debate.