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Cost Drivers in PCB Production....or Why China?
Thomas Smiley  
5/24/2017   (2) comments
The manufacture of printed circuit boards is no simple matter. Here's a look at the reasons that production has moved overseas.
Trending: New Storage Verticals
Jim O'Reilly  
5/23/2017   Post a comment
The commoditization of storage platform hardware, coupled with the availability of unbundled, powerful storage software is giving buyers more choices.
Samsung Spinoff Likely to Grab Foundry Share
Alan Patterson  
5/17/2017   Post a comment
Samsung's chip operations consisting of memory and system LSI will be split into three, making the foundry business an independent unit. The move is expected to increase Samsung's share at the expense of TSMC and smaller rivals.
Displaying the Future: Display Tech Evolution Tells the Story
Marty Shindler  
5/17/2017   Post a comment
The evolution of display technology tracks the evolution of how we tell our stories. Here's a look at how that story is unfolding.
Arrow Ships Free: A Nod to Commercial Pressure?
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/16/2017   (4) comments
New Arrow promo offers automatic free overnight shipping on $20 or more of in-stock components.
WIN Semiconductors Increases Market Leading GaAs Wafer Manufacturing Capacity By More Than 20%
EBN Newswire  
5/12/2017   Post a comment
Latest phase expansion of manufacturing facility features advanced clean rooms and new process lines for optical devices...
Future Electronics Announces New PSoC 6 Microcontroller Architecture from Cypress
EBN Newswire  
5/12/2017   Post a comment
Future Electronics has announced it will be carrying the new PSoC 6 microcontroller from Cypress Semiconductor.
SMIC Names Haijun Zhao CEO
Dylan McGrath  
5/12/2017   (4) comments
COO moves up the ranks as Tzu-Yin Chiu steps down. Chiu will remain vice chairman of SMIC's board of directors.
Sager Electronics Announces New Director of Sales Engineering
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5/12/2017   Post a comment
Sager Electronics announced the promotion of Randal Stone to Director of Sales Engineering for Sager Power Systems.
Future Cars Face Terabyte Memory Load
Junko Yoshida  
5/10/2017   (1) comment
A consensus among experts in automotive and memory industries is this connected vehicle will require data storage of at least hundreds of gigabytes (GB) and probably a terabyte (TB).
New Yorker Electronics Supplies Resistor-Capacitor Circuits with High ‘Voltage Withstand Strength’
EBN Newswire  
5/10/2017   Post a comment
New Yorker Electronics has rolled out the full series of Electrocube RC Networks Arc-Suppressing Resistor-Capacitor (RC) Circuits.
PULS Products Now Available from Digi-Key
EBN Newswire  
5/10/2017   Post a comment
Digi-Key’s worldwide customers now have fast and easy access to AC/DC and DC/DC converters from PULS.
America II Signs Distribution Agreement with Lite-On Semiconductor
EBN Newswire  
5/10/2017   (1) comment
America II Electronics announced it has signed a franchise distribution agreement with Lite-On Semiconductor.
Automotive Growth Pushes Infineon Into Top 10
Sally Ward-Foxton  
5/9/2017   (1) comment
First SiC products received well by market.
Samsung Could Pass Intel in Chip Sales
Dylan McGrath  
5/3/2017   Post a comment
Thanks to surging memory chip prices, South Korea's Samsung Electronics -could knock Intel - from its familiar perch atop the chip vendor sales leaders.
North American PCB Order Growth Boosts Book-to-Bill Ratio
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5/2/2017   Post a comment
IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for March 2017
Finding Flash: A Look at Today’s Memory Shortage
Jim O'Reilly  
5/1/2017   (1) comment
SSD drive prices have risen between 10% and 20% and suppliers are extending lead-times to distributors out into the 20+ week range. Here's a look at the current state of the flash memory market.
Bozotti to Remain CEO as ST Elevates Heir Apparent
Sally Ward-Foxton  
4/28/2017   (9) comments
European chip maker elevates heir apparent to deputy CEO.
Solid State Batteries Aim to Top Li-ion
R. Colin Johnson  
4/26/2017   Post a comment
Self-powered chips, for up to a 10-year lifetime, or cell phones that recharge in 15 minutes are in the near future due to solid-state Li-Ion batteries from Ilika.
NXP Sells Stake in China Foundry ASMC
Dylan McGrath  
4/21/2017   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors NV said Wednesday (April 19) it sold its 27% remaining stake in Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. Ltd. (ASMC), a chip foundry based in China.
Avnet & Xilinx Expand Global Channel Relationship
EBN Newswire  
4/21/2017   (2) comments
Avnet and Xilinx announced a renewed commitment to their successful Primary Global Channel relationship of 31 consecutive years and wider distribution of Xilinx’s All Programmable products.
Apple's In, But DMV Is Telling Us More
Junko Yoshida  
4/19/2017   (5) comments
The DMV website turns out to be a treasure trove of information on all the facets of highly automated vehicles currently in development.
Apple & Google in the Memory Business?
Dylan McGrath  
4/13/2017   Post a comment
A recent report out of Japan says three of tech's biggest and most prominent companies are interested in bidding on Toshiba's memory chip business. Can this be true?
Amazon Plays Hardball with Electronics Distributors
Alex Moazed  
4/12/2017   (2) comments
Amazon Business is casting a wide net for B2B product listings, rather than concentrating on a single vertical, which means electronics and electronic components are already on its radar.
The Next-Gen of Digital Displays: Holographic Optical Elements
Seth Coe-Sullivan  
4/11/2017   Post a comment
Although holographic optical elements technology has existed for decades, scientists and engineers are turning once futuristic concepts into tangible opportunities for manufacturers and government agencies.
Foundries Need Clear Benchmarks
Rick Merritt  
4/10/2017   (1) comment
Amid an unprecedented proliferation of process nodes, the industry needs good public benchmarks to compare semiconductor process technologies.
Robo-Cars Need Relationship Map
Junko Yoshida  
4/7/2017   Post a comment
To sort out autonomous car development among chip vendors, Tier Ones, tech companies and car OEMs, the ideal solution might be a "relationship map" to illustrate who's in bed with whom on highly automated vehicle platforms.
Machine Learning Comes to Chip Design
Junko Yoshida  
4/6/2017   (1) comment
Solido to launch Machine Learning Labs.
Data Care for Industrial Apps: Firmware Addresses Insufficient Lifespan of Flash
Ulrich Brandt  
4/5/2017   Post a comment
Neither low-price flash memory devices for consumer markets nor those devices intended for professional IT use can adequately fulfill the requirements of industrial applications. As well as robustness in relation to the ambient conditions, and specific read and write performance requirements, a long product lifespan is a decisive factor - in relation to both the medium (endurance) as well as the stored data (retention). What are the determining factors? How do providers of industrial flash memory devices address these issues?
Apple Drops Imagination
Junko Yoshida  
4/3/2017   (1) comment
Can Imagination survive without Apple?
Protecting PCBs: Costs & Benefits of Conformal Coating, Encapsulation, RTV & Overmolding
Michael Allen  
3/29/2017   Post a comment
What to look for in a contract manufacturer’s capabilities for conformal coating, encapsulation, RTV and overmolding for PCB protection. 
Patent Trolls Plague Chip Vendors
Junko Yoshida  
3/28/2017   Post a comment
Semiconductor M&As breed more chip litigation.
Roadmap Says CMOS Ends Around 2024
Rick Merritt  
3/24/2017   Post a comment
IRDS points to chip stacks, new architectures.
America II Expands Global Line Card with the Addition of Viking Tech America and Xmultiple
EBN Newswire  
3/24/2017   (2) comments
Global distributor bolsters customer offering with new lines to support medical, automotive, aerospace industries and more.
FindChips Pro: Sourcing Tools Need More Muscle
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/22/2017   Post a comment
FindChips.com is adding a paid service, called FindChips Pro, that provides new capabilities to help buyers consider the future, rather than relying on the past.
ST's SPAD Imager Likely Link to iPhone 8
Junko Yoshida  
3/21/2017   Post a comment
Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 with a “3D camera” is the subject of intense speculation. Dots yet to be connected are the explicit relationships among the iPhone 8, single photon avalanche diodes and STMicroelectronics.
Sager Electronics Announces Immediate Availability of Stack Light Series from Mallory Sonalert
EBN Newswire  
3/20/2017   (18) comments
Sager Electronics, a leading North American distributor of Interconnect, Power and Electromechanical components, is now stocking Mallory Sonalert’s new stack light series.
China Fab Boom Fuels Equipment Spending Revival
Dylan McGrath  
3/20/2017   Post a comment
Sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment grew 13 percent last year and are projected to grow further.
Meeting Major Logistics Challenge: How Global Robotics Manufacturer Optimized Lithium Battery Supply Chain Shipping
EBN Newswire  
3/20/2017   (1) comment
A global robotics manufacturer met a major logistics challenge in transferring its entire shipping process in-house and training staff to meet stringent hazmat transport regulations for lithium batteries by partnering with a firm that helps companies comply with DG regs.
Intel/Mobileye Duopoly: Dream or Nightmare?
Junko Yoshida  
3/17/2017   Post a comment
Intel's Mobileye acquisition has stirred mixed emotions and contrasting reviews among those who cover the industry. Semiconductor Advisors LLC, for one, said "Intel is taking a leap of faith to go very far outside its core business."
AMD Describes Zen for Servers
Rick Merritt  
3/9/2017   Post a comment
AMD’s Naples, available by June, packs more cores, memory, and I/O than Intel’s Broadwell, beating it in seismic analysis benchmarks.
Fostering Growth Amidst a Field of Consolidation
Chanan Greenberg  
3/9/2017   Post a comment
Company consolidation is ushering in an era of market uncertainty that's having a significant impact on the high-tech industry. However, there are clear steps organizations can take to be more competitive.
Cypress Sells Minnesota Fab for $30 Million
Dylan McGrath  
3/8/2017   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has cut a deal to sell its 200mm fab in Bloomington, Minn., for $30 million.
SAP Introduces Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics to Cloud-Based Integrated Business Planning Suite
EBN Newswire  
3/8/2017   (2) comments
SAP SE announced increased automation capabilities for SAP Integrated Business Planning.
Chip Sales Jump 14% in January
Dylan McGrath  
3/7/2017   (1) comment
anuary chip sales showed the largest year-to-year increase in more than six years as the semiconductor industry continued a run that started in the second half of last year.
Intel, Spreadtrum Demo Brainchild
Junko Yoshida  
3/2/2017   Post a comment
Is Intel getting ready for Apple?
BTC Electronics Joins ECIA
EBN Newswire  
3/2/2017   Post a comment
ECIA is pleased to welcome BTC Electronics to its roster of illustrious electronic component distributors, suppliers and manufacturers' reps.
3-D Interactive Projection Redefines MEMS
R. Colin Johnson  
2/28/2017   Post a comment
Bosch's combo micro-scanner/laser-projector is said to be capable of transforming any surface into a virtual user interface.
Avnet Strengthens UltraZed Design Ecosystem with UltraZed PCIe Carrier Card and Reference Platforms
EBN Newswire  
2/24/2017   Post a comment
Avnet continues to demonstrate industry-leading commitment to facilitating customers’ introduction of differentiated embedded systems with the release today of the UltraZed PCIe Carrier Card and associated reference designs.
Former Globalfoundries CEO to Lead SEMI Trade Group
Dylan McGrath  
2/23/2017   (7) comments
Ajit Manocha, formerly CEO of Globalfoundries Inc., has been named president and CEO of semiconductor equipment and materials vendor trade group SEMI, effective March 1.
T.J. Rodgers Sues Cypress, Slams Chairman
Dylan McGrath  
2/22/2017   Post a comment
T.J. Rodger s alleging conflict of interest over Cypress Chairman Ray Bingham’s ties to a China-backed private equity firm that is attempting to buy Lattice Semiconductor.
Toshiba May Sell Majority Stake in Chip Unit
Dylan McGrath  
2/15/2017   Post a comment
Toshiba may sell a larger portion of its semiconductor business than previously planned to offset losses in its nuclear power business.
Apple Set to Start iPhone Production in India
Susan Fourtané  
2/13/2017   Post a comment
Apple has said that it will begin assembly of iPhones in India by the end of April in order to focus on what has become the world's fastest-growing major smartphone market.
Batteries Get Safer Enclosures
Jim McGregor  
2/9/2017   Post a comment
Safer battery enclosures may be one solution to the issues plaguing lithium-ion batteries.
Sager Electronics Celebrates 130 Years
EBN Newswire  
2/8/2017   Post a comment
Sager Electronics, a leading North American distributor of Interconnect, Power and Electromechanical components, celebrates 130 years in business.
Master Electronics Celebrates 50 Years n Business
EBN Newswire  
2/8/2017   Post a comment
Master Electronics is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary.
Visual Processing Market Poised to Take Off
Latest Research  
2/8/2017   (1) comment
Jon Peddie Research (JPR) launched its quarterly report on the Visual Processing Unit (VPU) market.
IoT’s Critical Mass for Temp Control Builds
B. Cameron Gain  
2/8/2017   Post a comment
The emergence of Internet of Things (IoT)) has made sensors much smarter. That's great news for the electronics supply chain.
AI Attracts Embedded Chip Veteran
Rick Merritt  
2/6/2017   (1) comment
A veteran semiconductor executive launched a company to serve machine-learning startups that target embedded systems.
Samsung, Apple Remain Top Chip Buyers
Dylan McGrath  
2/2/2017   Post a comment
The two companies, which are the runaway leaders in smartphone sales, consumed a combined $61.7 billion worth of chips last year, up slightly from 2015.
North American PCB Sales Enjoyed Solid Growth in December
Latest Research  
1/31/2017   Post a comment
IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for December 2016
MRAM Gains More Steam
Dylan McGrath  
1/30/2017   (1) comment
Spin Transfer Technologies' delivery of functional MRAM samples is one more indication of emerging memory technology's momentum.
Intel Cautious on PC Consumption
Dylan McGrath  
1/27/2017   Post a comment
Intel Corp. reported fourth quarter 2016 revenue and profit that beat analysts’ expectations on sales growth in computing, data center chips and Internet of Things (IoT) chips.
Consumers Recycle Record-Setting 14 Million Pounds of Used Batteries in 2016
Latest Research  
1/27/2017   (1) comment
Call2Recycle Reports Double Digit Growth in Battery Collections; Credits Growing Consumer Network
Patent Suits Hit Q’comm Profits
Rick Merritt  
1/26/2017   Post a comment
Qualcomm’s latest quarterly earnings showed first blood in a set of five court actions now alleging its patent licensing terms are unfair.
Ex-Elpida CEO's China Fab Plan: Dropped?
Junko Yoshida  
1/25/2017   Post a comment
In a span of only 11 months, a memory chip company in China, called Sino King Technology, has morphed from a dream to an apparent reality to a phantom.
Batteries Caused Samsung Galaxy to Explode
Junko Yoshida  
1/23/2017   (21) comments
Samsung investigators uncovered two separate faults with the two batteries in the flaming Galaxy Note 7.
Know the Science Behind Effective Packaging
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/20/2017   (4) comments
In addition to protecting the product from damage and external environmental factors during shipping and storage, the packaging must be attractive. Neurodesign helps figure out how to optimize packaging impact.
Arrow Electronics and CUI Inc Enter into Worldwide Distribution Agreement
EBN Newswire  
1/17/2017   Post a comment
CUI announced that it has signed a worldwide distribution agreement with Arrow Electronics.
Semiconductor Capital Spending Projected to Increase
Dylan McGrath  
1/13/2017   Post a comment
Gartner estimated that global capital spending in the semiconductor industry will total $69.9 billion this year, up from about $68 billion last year.
25 Million-Dollar Technology Ideas That Started on Kickstarter
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/12/2017   (3) comments
We looked at Kickstarter to see what new ideas are exciting consumers the most. We found a couple dozen projects that asked for tens of thousands of dollars in support and raked in a million dollars or more.
Flexible OLED Displays: Overcoming Barriers to Mass Commercialization with High-Yield Manufacturing Processes
Shulik Leshem  
1/12/2017   Post a comment
Flexible OLED display technology has already arrived to the commercial marketplace – it may be in your pocket or strapped to your wrist right now.
ARM Exec Dizzy for Open-Source Twizy
Junko Yoshida  
1/11/2017   Post a comment
At this year’s CES, ARM brought Renault’s Twizy to its booth, typically full of mobile devices. Calling Twizy “the world’s first OEM open-source vehicle,” ARM said Renault is seeing a wave of open-source hardware and software developments.
Barcoding, Inc. Expands RFID Practice and Provides Expert Insight on the Top RFID Trends for 2017
EBN Newswire  
1/10/2017   Post a comment
Leading systems integrator advises on the top radio frequency identification (RFID) trends, hires 10 year RFID veteran Patrick Richgels
SAP Introduces Jump-Start Enablement Program for SAP Leonardo IoT Portfolio
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1/10/2017   Post a comment
Promotional Pricing and Consultative Services Will Help Customers Adopt Successful IoT Strategies; Global SAP Leonardo Event Announced for July 2017 in Frankfurt
Zytronic & Future Sign Global Distribution Agreement
EBN Newswire  
1/10/2017   Post a comment
Zytronic announced that it has signed a worldwide distribution agreement with Future Electronics.
Bosch Dev Kit to Ease IoT
R. Colin Johnson  
1/9/2017   Post a comment
Bosch Sensortec aims to maintain its current lead by integrating its microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and other sensors into every IoT device under the sun.
Micro Server IC Market Worth 1.35 Billion USD by 2022
Latest Research  
1/9/2017   Post a comment
The global micro server IC market is expected to reach USD 1.35 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 44.0% between 2016 and 2022.
New Vishay Semiconductor Hybrid SSRs Distributed Through New Yorker Electronics
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1/9/2017   Post a comment
Vishay Hybrid Single- and Dual-Channel VOR Solid-State Relays Feature Fast Operation, Wide Temp Range and High Load Voltage
Electronic Device Markets Seen as Stagnant in 2017
Dylan McGrath  
1/5/2017   (2) comments
Combined shipments of PCs, mobile handsets and tablets are predicted to be flat in 2017, according to Gartner.
Obama to Urge Protection for Chip Industry
Dylan McGrath  
1/3/2017   Post a comment
Report says President is preparing recommendations for tougher stance against Chinese investment in the U.S. Semiconductor industry.
Chinese Panel Makers Top Over One Million Units in Quarterly Shipments for AMOLED Smartphone Displays, IHS Markit Says
Latest Research  
12/22/2016   Post a comment
Significant improvement in Chinese panel manufacturing technology offers domestic smartphone brands an alternative AMOLED supplier
North American PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio Falls but Sales Growth Resumes
EBN Newswire  
12/22/2016   Post a comment
IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for November 2016
China’s Memory Drama: Must-See in 2017
Junko Yoshida  
12/22/2016   Post a comment
China’s memory chip production plans became evident to close industry observers in 2016. What they’ll be watching for next is, who will make the first move in devising and negotiating technology licensing agreements or joint ventures with China.
Top 10 Christmas Treats for Techno-Geeks
Max Maxfield  
12/20/2016   Post a comment
What can one give one's techno-geek engineering comrades for Crimble? Here are ten drool-worthy suggestions.
Consumers Say Wireless Charging is the Must-Have Feature for Smartphones & Cure for “Battery Anxiety”
Latest Research  
12/15/2016   Post a comment
Wireless charging enabled smartphones and accessories may be one of the most welcomed holiday gifts this season and desired products for years to come.
IHS Markit Forecasts Quickening Demand for New TDDI Technology
Latest Research  
12/14/2016   Post a comment
TDDI demand has been increasingly rapidly since Q2, 2016, and is expected to increase from 50 million units in 2016 to 100 million units in 2017, an overall year-on-year increase of 200%, IHS Markit forecasts.
Canadian Startup Aims to Connect Everything With Style
Julien Happich  
12/13/2016   (8) comments
Recently founded Canadian startup Ubiqweus Inc. is launching a Kickstarter campaign for a set of super easy to deploy Wi-Fi-enabled one-inch cubic sensors, packaged attractively and made to last.
Lawmakers Urge Rejection of Lattice Semi Takeover
Dylan McGrath  
12/12/2016   Post a comment
Congressman urge Treasury Dept. to reject $1.3 billion acquisition by investment firm with ties to the Chinese government.
Bluetooth Beams New Spec, Chips
Rick Merritt  
12/7/2016   Post a comment
The Bluetooth SIG ratified its version 5 spec, enhancing range, throughput, and beacon support.
3D Manufacturing Offers Effective Way of Creating Integrating Circuits
Mary E. Shacklett  
12/7/2016   Post a comment
3D printing should be on the technology roadmaps of electronics manufacturers. It has the potential to provide an agile approach to the more complex geometries and materials that are likely to be required for electronics in future advanced manufacturing environments.
10 Hottest Electronic Supply Chain Slideshows of 2016
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/7/2016   Post a comment
Whether we were talking about the people, places, or things of the electronics supply chain world, readers agreed that these slideshows were their favorites.
Intel Snags Exec from ARM to Run IoT
Junko Yoshida  
12/1/2016   Post a comment
Intel will separate its nascent automotive team from the company’s IoT group. Previously, Intel’s IoT and automotive teams were bundled together under one big IoT tent. Intel also named ex-ARM executive Tom Lantzsch to head the company’s IoT branch.
Lattice Deal May Hit A Snag
Junko Yoshida  
11/30/2016   Post a comment
A buyer with ties to the Chinese central government and a U.S. company with dual-purpose technology is an alarming combination that could invite suspicion among regulators concerned about national security. This might become the case with Lattice deal.
M&A Takes New Twists
Rick Merritt  
11/28/2016   Post a comment
The M&A frenzy in semiconductors seems to have entered a bold new phase that arguable leads to less competition.
15 Views of Printed Electronics
Rick Merritt  
11/25/2016   Post a comment
Printed electronics showed progress in manufacturing gear and processes, e-textiles, sensors, batteries, and printed NFC tags at the IDTechEx event.




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