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Examining the Importance of Macroeconomic Cycles & the Semi Market
Apek Mulay  
3/25/2015   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry has a potentially critical part to play in mitigating the effects of the natural macroeconomic cycles that occur in the United States economy.
TE Connectivity’s Supply Chain Chief Shares Leadership Tips
At the Source  
3/19/2015   (2) comments
To find out how this acceleration in high-tech manufacturing is affecting TE Connectivity’s supply chain planning, we interviewed Jim McDonald, vice president, supply chain for TE Connectivity.
Macroeconomic Cycles & Business Models
Apek Mulay  
3/18/2015   Post a comment
A look at macroeconomic systems offers a lens for the semiconductor industry.
Battelle Introduces Breakthrough Anti-Counterfeiting Detection for Integrated Circuits
EBN Newswire  
3/17/2015   Post a comment
Barricade provides fast, accurate validation of chips without destructive testing; detects counterfeit and cloned components.
America II Signs Distribution Agreement with IQD Frequency Products
EBN Newswire  
3/17/2015   Post a comment
America II Electronicsannounced it has entered into a franchise distribution agreement with IQD Frequency Products.
America II Strengthens Partnership with Alliance Memory to Extend SDRAM Life Cycle
EBN Newswire  
3/17/2015   Post a comment
America II Electronics announced new product offerings by way of its global franchise agreement with Alliance Memory.
General Microcircuits Earns Certification as Qualified Manufacturer to IPC J-STD-001 & PC-A-610
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3/17/2015   Post a comment
IPC's Validation Services Program has awarded an IPC J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) to General Microcircuits, Inc. (GMI).
Marvell CEO: The Tinkerer at The Top
Junko Yoshida  
3/13/2015   Post a comment
Marvell CEO has been obsessed with a computer architecture that’s unchanged for decades. Why must its progress depend on more memory and faster CPU? “We are going to fix it for once and all.”
Mitigating the Risk of Counterfeiting: Continuous Certifications & Accreditations
Kirk Wehby  
3/12/2015   Post a comment
One of the best ways to determine whether distributor partners are doing enough to avoid counterfeit components is ensuring that partners adhere to best practices and achieve critical certifications.
Mitigating the Risk of Counterfeiting: Identifying a Proactive Vendor
Kirk Wehby  
3/11/2015   Post a comment
To strip potential counterfeit components from your supply chain, you want to partner with companies who understand that being proactive when it comes to quality and anti-counterfeiting is the key element to success.
Drowning in Devices: The Growing Problem of e-Waste
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/6/2015   Post a comment
While users looking for the latest and greatest products from electronics OEMs is good news, it creates a huge problem with e-waste management.
VR is New Reality at GDC
Rick Merritt  
3/5/2015   (1) comment
Oculus, Sony, Google and an open source project showed virtual reality offerings at the Game Developer Conference where analyst Jon Peddie sized up the traditional games hardware market.
Apple Marking Progress on the Road to Conflict-Free Minerals
Ariella Brown  
3/5/2015   (3) comments
Apple is leading the charge in the conflict-free minerals race. The company is hoping that slow and steady will win the race.
Risk Awareness
EBN Poll  
3/4/2015   Post a comment
America II Signs Distribution Agreement with ITSWELL
EBN Newswire  
3/4/2015   Post a comment
Distributor adds new franchise line of LED components.
Touchdowns are Great in Football but Not in Semiconductors
David Park  
3/4/2015   Post a comment
While touchdowns are widely celebrated in football, a large number of “touchdowns” in semiconductor manufacturing would not be met with the same level of celebration.
Shedding Light on Electronic Component Pricing
Everett Frank  
3/3/2015   Post a comment
To get the best deals, OEMs need to understand component pricing. Here's a look at teh best way to drive electronic component pricing.
Semiconductor Innovation Yields Promise
Peter Gasperini  
2/27/2015   Post a comment
Some of the promising memory applications of past decades are being rethought and revamped to meet the evolving needs of the electronics indsutry.
Freescale v. Too Many Others
Jack Ganssle  
2/24/2015   Post a comment
Freescale gets “typ” and “max” right for their Kinetis family.
Entering the Era of 3D Printed Electronics
Susan Fourtané  
2/24/2015   Post a comment
A new development in 3D printing and conductive inks make 3D printed electronics a reality that will revolutionize electronics manufacturing starting this year.
IESA Summit: Bringing Vision to Reality
Apek Mulay  
2/18/2015   Post a comment
The India Electronics and Semiconductor Association Vision Summit tackled key issues around bringing the semiconductor foundry industry to India successfully.
Apple, Ericsson Spar over LTE Patents
John Walko  
2/17/2015   Post a comment
Apple and Ericsson spar over LTE patents……as IEEE threatens new rules over wireless IP royalties.
Why Through-Hole PCB Manufacturing Isn’t Dead Yet
Michael Allen  
2/16/2015   Post a comment
Even the most modern board may need through-hole components. Not all contract manufacturers give them the attention they need.
Wearables Don Smart Fabrics
Jessica Lipsky  
2/12/2015   Post a comment
What do musical instruments, car seats, and shoes have in common? Each item benefits from smart fabrics invented by Berkeley, Calif. company BeBop sensors. BeBop layers printed circuits onto polyester felts, synthetic silk weaves, and spandex of various thickness to create a web of sensors that connected to a sewn-in microcontroller.
New Lithium Battery Regs May Stymie Electronics Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/12/2015   (2) comments
New Department of Transportation rules around shipping lithium batteries is changing the ways electronics OEMs ship products.
The Information Age & the Shift in Consumerism
Ron Guido  
2/11/2015   Post a comment
Life in general, and business in particular, are all about moving information and doing it quickly. Electronics retailers, distributors, and OEMs need to understand that information shift is happening--and learn to work with it.
IESA Vision Summit Explores Future of India's Electronics Push
Apek Mulay  
2/11/2015   Post a comment
When will India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) Vision Summit become an IESA Reality Summit?
America II Announces Partnership with the Tampa Bay Lightning
EBN Newswire  
2/10/2015   Post a comment
America II Electronics announced that the company will be an official partner of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
445 Companies to Exhibit New Equipment, Technologies and Materials at IPC APEX EXPO 2015
EBN Newswire  
2/10/2015   Post a comment
Nearly 350 products will be on display at the IPC APEX EXPO.
Avnet Electronics Marketing Expands Antenna & Cable Offering in Americas with Taoglas USA Deal
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2/10/2015   Post a comment
Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas has entered into a distribution agreement with Taoglas USA, Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of M2M and IoT antenna and cable solutions.
America II Signs Distribution Agreement with CEC Panda
EBN Newswire  
2/10/2015   Post a comment
Distributor expands product offering with new franchise line.
The End of the World is Here (for Radio Shack)
David Blaza  
2/6/2015   Post a comment
The purpose of this blog is not to say "I told you so," but rather to look at the forces in play and consider what this means for the electronics community.
Cable Assemblies: Ignore Them and Be Sorry
Bill Schweber  
2/2/2015   Post a comment
It's easy and simplistic to focus on active components, circuit design, and software, but the humble cable and connector can define the success and reliability of your project as much as the more glamorous components.
Mornsun America Announces World Micro as New Authorized Distributor for North America
EBN Newswire  
1/30/2015   Post a comment
Leading manufacturer of power converters rapidly expanding US markets.
Writing an Obituary for Electronics Retailers
Jim O'Reilly  
1/29/2015   Post a comment
With Radio Shack on life support and online eating up market share, what can retail electronics chains do to survive?
BlackBerry CEO: Net Neutrality For Mobile Apps
Thomas Claburn  
1/23/2015   Post a comment
CEO John Chen is asking legislators to expand the definition of net neutrality to ensure an open mobile app ecosystem. Irony, anyone?
Getting Started: OSHA’s Revised Hazard Communication Standard
Daniel Levine  
1/23/2015   Post a comment
So where do you start with OSHA’s GHS Aligned Hazard Communication Standard? And what do you do?
3 Demand Forecast Practices to Make Customers Happy
Bud Schultz  
1/22/2015   Post a comment
Demand forecasting is a matter of implementing the right technology, gathering the right informaiton, and applying it in ways that help customers.
FeFET to Extend Moore's Law
R. Colin Johnson  
1/20/2015   Post a comment
The successful prototyping of a ferroelectric gate aims to extend Moore's Law beyond the end of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) circa 2028.
Recycling: A Question of Convenience
Carole Mars  
1/19/2015   (1) comment
Common wisdom tells us that any recycling program needs to be convenient, but never defines what convenient means. Turns out, it’s not that easy to do….
Eco-Friendly Electronics of the Future Will Be Designed to Disappear
Amy Norcross  
1/13/2015   Post a comment
Researchers are working toward the creation of electronic components that are degradable, opening up possibilities in the fight against electronic waste and even the shadowy world of espionage.
A Crouching Tiger & Slackening Dragon Teach a Roaring Lion Macroeconomics
Apek Mulay  
1/13/2015   Post a comment
As India tries to capture loyalty from semiconductor makers and other high-tech manufacturers, it should look to the past and lessons learned by China and Ireland when they trod a similar path.
CES Reveals IoT Not Ready for ‘iPhone Moment’
Junko Yoshida  
1/12/2015   Post a comment
CES has a lot connected hardware but where is the 'oh, that’s really easy' surprise?
Avnet Electronics Marketing Releases WiLink 8 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth & Bluetooth Low Energy Pmod Adaptor
EBN Newswire  
1/8/2015   Post a comment
Avnet's new WiLink 8 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and BLE Pmod Adaptor assists TI's WL1835MODCOM8 and WL1837MODCOM8I wireless evaluation boards
In Memory of John Haslet Hall, Intersil Co-Founder
Steve Taranovich  
1/6/2015   Post a comment
Quite unnoticed by the electronics industry and without much tribute, John H. Hall passed away on October 30, 2014.
UL Warns of Counterfeit UL Mark on LED Lamps
EBN Newswire  
1/5/2015   Post a comment
UL has identified some LED lamps that bear a counterfeit UL Mark.
UL Warns of Counterfeit UL Mark on Power Supply
EBN Newswire  
1/5/2015   Post a comment
UL identified a power supply that bears a counterfeit UL Mark.
Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas Celebrates 30-Year Anniversary With Micron Technology
EBN Newswire  
1/5/2015   Post a comment
Avnet and Micron are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Micron's distribution agreement with Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas.
Top 10 Wearables Kickstarter Projects of 2014
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/5/2015   (4) comments
In 2015, wearable technology is promising to take the technology world by storm. Here's a look at the most popular Kickstarter projects from 2014 that are taking aim at this hot market.
Mobile Internet Strategy Fuels Xiaomi’s IoT Ambitions
Junko Yoshida  
1/2/2015   (3) comments
Xiaomi attracts the investment community because the hardware vendor -- masquerading as a "mobile Internet" company -- comes without baggage.
Organic Electronics: A Market Growing Wild
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/2/2015   (13) comments
Organic electronics promise to take certain applications by storm very soon. Here's a look, in pictures, at the potential of this emerging market.
Internet of Things: Engineering for Everyone
Dan Radic  
12/30/2014   (11) comments
The emergence of open-source development platforms, developed and maintained by dedicated volunteers, has effectively raised the level of abstraction to a point where non-experts can now use these platforms.
We've Let the High-Tech Genie out of the Bottle
Peter Gasperini  
12/30/2014   (14) comments
The electronics maturity is mature, and despite rosy predictions, it's possible that we are entering into the winter season of a mature market.
WiFi to Switch on IoT Appliances
Rick Merritt  
12/29/2014   (7) comments
Electrolux says it is one of several white good makers about to roll out smart appliances using WiFi, Linux, and AllJoyn to connect with the cloud and each other.
Get Ready for CES: The Supply Chain Side of Industry Tradeshows
Todd Traylor  
12/29/2014   (8) comments
More happens at the world's biggest electronics tradeshows than just product introductions. A close look at what goes on at CES, Electronica, Computex, and MWC provides a look at where the industry is going.
Boston-Area Engineers to Share Expertise at ESC Boston 2015
Karen Field  
12/26/2014   (5) comments
In an exciting new session format at ESC Boston 2015, engineers who have survived the embedded system development process look to help others learn from their mistakes.
DesignCon Revs High-Speed Engine
Rick Merritt  
12/24/2014   (2) comments
DesignCon promises a smorgasbord of sessions on high-speed interconnect engineering at the chip and board levels, including a look at issues on the bleeding edge of 56 Gbits/second and beyond.
Understanding Data Security in the IoT
Christian DeFeo  
12/22/2014   (1) comment
As the IoT enters the mainstream, data security has to move to the top of the list for engineers, designers, and supply chain pros.
7 Questions With Broadcom’s CTO
Rick Merritt  
12/18/2014   (1) comment
Broadcom's co-founder and chief technologist talks about Moore's Law, his plans for 16nm FinFET tape-outs in 2015, IoT platform wars, and shifts in the engineering profession.
4D-Printed Medical Devices Move Closer to the Supply Chain
Bruce Gain  
12/18/2014   (4) comments
4D printing is hitting real-world applications in the medical industry. In addition to being a great boon to medicine, these advances will likely put pressure on supply chain practices.
IoT Metro Network Race Is On
Rick Merritt  
12/17/2014   (3) comments
The startup Sigfox aims to raise more than $70 million by early next year to fund a US national IoT network using its 900MHz software, and it has a partner for a satellite version.
Cloud: Adopting the Next-Gen IT Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/16/2014   (1) comment
As more customers move to the cloud, will OEMs have to change the way they think about connecting with customers?
Apple & GT Advanced: Working With a Hot OEM, Suppliers Sometimes Get Burned
Tam Harbert  
12/15/2014   (3) comments
When Apple tapped GT Advanced Technologies to provide synthetic sapphire for its displays, it seemed like a dream come true. The relationship ended in a flameout -- a contentious and highly publicized divorce.
EUV Rollout Slowed, 450mm Wafers Halted, Uncertain Path Ahead for Supply Side Economics
Apek Mulay  
12/11/2014   (2) comments
The path beyond 14nm may cause the death of supply side economics but not a demise of Moore's Law.
A Simple Measurement Mystery
Bill Schweber  
12/10/2014   (4) comments
Sometimes even data and modest, small observations don’t add up, and we have no way to knowing for sure where the problem lies, or whether there even is one.
Master Electronics Announces It Is Now an Authorized Distributor for TE Connectivitys Deutsch Product Line
EBN Newswire  
12/10/2014   Post a comment
Master Electronics announced that it is now stocking TE Connectivity's Deutsch product line.
iPhone EarPod Packaging Misses the Design for Environment Boat
Pamela Gordon  
12/10/2014   (6) comments
Apple makes great products, as the popularity of all sorts of iDevices proves. The packaging, though, of the recently-released EarPods misses some basic Design for Environment principals.
Avnet Electronics Marketing Leverages Supplier Ecosystem to Create New MicroZed Embedded Vision Carrier Card Kit
EBN Newswire  
12/9/2014   Post a comment
Avnet Electronics Marketing released a new MicroZed Embedded Vision Carrier Card kit to help engineers deploy solutions incorporating the MicroZed System-on-Module.
IC Foundry Sales Will Keep Hitting Records Through 2018
Latest Research  
12/8/2014   Post a comment
New 2015 Foundry Almanac shows 37% of IC sales now come from foundry capacity
Design 2.0: A New Moore’s Law
Rick Merritt  
12/8/2014   (2) comments
Something I am calling Design 2.0 is bubbling up in the engineering community, injecting new energy into the profession. In many ways, it's the new Moore’s Law.
LEDs Brighten the Holidays, Launch Fashion Trend, Refute Climate Skeptics
Lee H. Goldberg  
12/5/2014   (2) comments
This week's top stories include "LED lighting officially declared a No-Brainer for most Businesses," a look at how Corning's new light diffusing fiber may find its way into clothing, and a new Li-Fi system which lets objects speak for themselves.
Analog Devices AD7175-2 Sigma-Delta Rail to Rail ADC Available at Mouser
EBN Newswire  
12/4/2014   Post a comment
Mouser Electronics Inc. is now stocking the AD7175-2 24-Bit, 250kSPS Sigma Delta (Ó‑Ä) Analog to Digital Converter (ADC) from Analog Devices Inc.
Innovative Low-Profile Bourns 2015 Series Gas Discharge Tube Surge Arrestors Available From Mouser
EBN Newswire  
12/4/2014   Post a comment
Mouser Electronics Inc. is now stocking the 2015-Series Gas Discharge Tube Surge Arrestors from Bourns.
Maxim MAX1493x 5kV Digital Isolators in Stock at Mouser
EBN Newswire  
12/4/2014   Post a comment
Mouser Electronics Inc. is stocking the new 5kVRMS MAX14934, MAX14935, and MAX14936 Four Channel Digital Isolators from Maxim Integrated.
Intel X86 Eyes Google Glass
Jessica Lipsky  
12/2/2014   (1) comment
The next generation of Google Glass may have new guts, as an Intel x86 processor is expected to replace the Texas Instruments Omap chip.
China Presents Opportunities & Challenges
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/28/2014   (19) comments
When it comes to the electronics industry, OEMs need to deal with China, a country that offers both opportunity and challenge.
Electronics Top Holiday Shopping List
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/27/2014   (10) comments
When it comes to holiday shopping, tablets, smartphones, and more will be top picks for consumers, making the coming weeks a potential boon for electronics OEMs.
10 Holiday Gifts for Tech Lovers
Brian Dipert  
11/26/2014   (20) comments
Got techie family members and friends on your holiday shopping list, but no idea what to get them? This engineer has plenty of suggestions for you.
Revving Up for the Holidays: Will It Be a Good Season?
Logical Link  
11/25/2014   (1) comment
The electronics industry is cranking up for the holiday season. A look at the latest stats around consumer gadget sales points OEMs in a good direction.
7 Controllers for Internet of Things
Nick Flaherty  
11/24/2014   Post a comment
Seven up-and-coming controllers for Internet of Things as seen at 2014 Electronica show last week.
Bricks to Clicks: Where's Electronics Distribution Going?
Walter Tobin  
11/21/2014   (4) comments
Are hard-site offices (bricks) giving way to virtual offices (clicks)? What is the impact on our industry?
Power Week: Duracell Buyout Tied to Wireless Power, EVs?
Rich Pell  
11/20/2014   (8) comments
The acquisition of the Duracell battery brand by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway could have broader implications for the power technology industry.
Semiconductor Companies Bloated by Unhealthy Business App Diet
Chanan Greenberg  
11/20/2014   (3) comments
Many semiconductor and component manufacturers are very focused on watching those pennies while the dollars slip away. A close look at business app potentially yields huge savings.
Smith & Associates Opens New Houston Quality Laboratory & Operational Facilities
EBN Newswire  
11/19/2014   Post a comment
Smith & Associates announced the opening of its newest hub housing warehouse and operational facilities and a state-of-the-art quality testing laboratory.
Rochester Electronics Replicated Processors Are the Reliable Alternative to Emulations
EBN Newswire  
11/19/2014   Post a comment
Rochester Electronics is offering replication of processors through its Semiconductor Replication Process.
World Micro & MIT Distributors Announce Purchase Agreement
EBN Newswire  
11/19/2014   Post a comment
World Micro Components and MIT Distributors have entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement
Digi-Key & Freescale Unveil Product Design Contest Winners 'Design With Freedom'
EBN Newswire  
11/19/2014   Post a comment
Digi-Key announces winners in the "Design With Freedom" product design contest, in conjunction with the electronica conference in Munich
Plug & Play With Phoenix Contact’s Highly Compact MINI Pro Signal Conditioners Now at Mouser
EBN Newswire  
11/19/2014   Post a comment
Mouser Electronics is now stocking MINI Pro Signal Conditioners from Phoenix Contact
Arrow Announces Expanded Distribution Agreement With Intel
EBN Newswire  
11/19/2014   Post a comment
Arrow will distribute Intel Service Assurance Administrator and Intel Mashery API Management and API Gateway products and solutions
In Pursuit of Sustainable Electronics
Mary E. Shacklett  
11/19/2014   (2) comments
Large electronics OEMs are starting to get real about sustainability. It's a good start, but there's plenty more to do.
Will Google’s Thread Become Threat?
Junko Yoshida  
11/17/2014   Post a comment
Freescale's Thread beta development program marks a milestone for Thread supporters. The new protocol becomes tangible for developers for the first time.
Chip Industry's IoT Facelift Comes With Security Wrinkle
Patrick Mannion  
11/13/2014   (3) comments
Semiconductor company CEOs on an Electronica panel see hardware-based security as an opportunity.
World's Largest Wafer Bank Triples in Size at Rochester Electronics
EBN Newswire  
11/13/2014   Post a comment
Expanded 20,000 square foot semiconductor wafer and die bank has dual locations for split inventory peace of mind and die-processing support
Engineers Do Not Care
Michael Allen  
11/13/2014   (23) comments
When designers don't know or care about manufacturing, they build in costs that buyers can't take out. This can be changed.
Rochester Now Offers More Than 150 LSI Gate Array Families
EBN Newswire  
11/12/2014   Post a comment
Rochester Electronics offers ASIC solutions to end the costly, continuous cycle of redesign
Avnet Demonstrates Freescale Kinetis MCU’s Next-Generation Software Development Tools in New SpeedWay Design Workshop Series
EBN Newswire  
11/12/2014   Post a comment
Avnet Electronics Marketing hosts a series of SpeedWay Design Workshops featuring Freescale’s K2 next-generation microcontrollers
World Micro Expands Nikkohm Resistor Line
EBN Newswire  
11/12/2014   Post a comment
World Micro has expanded its franchise distribution agreement with Nikkohm, a leading manufacturer of high performance thin film resistors
SAE Anti-Counterfeit Standard Adds Teeth to Legal Protection
Bruce Gain  
11/11/2014   (2) comments
Counterfeit components are pouring into the electronics supply chain. Fortunately, a new international standard should help to serve as legal protection for distributors and buyers when counterfeit parts show up.
Freescale & Intel Processors Reintroduced by Rochester
EBN Newswire  
11/11/2014   Post a comment
Freescale and Intel processors are now active at Rochester Electronics
Fabless Pipsqueaks Grow Up
Rick Merritt  
11/10/2014   Post a comment
The trade association of fabless semiconductor companies celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, declaring victory in its goal to establish its sector and the business model behind it.




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