Proposed Settlement Reached in DRAM Price-Fixing Class Action

The Plaintiffs in class actions filed in British Columbia, Ontario and Québec claim that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Semiconductor Inc., Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. (“Samsung”) and Hynix Semiconductor Inc., Hynix Semiconductor America Inc. and Hynix Semiconductor Manufacturing America, Inc. (“Hynix”), and numerous other DRAM manufacturers conspired to fix the…

Distributors See 23% Hike in 2013 China Sales

Despite economic pressures in the global market, China will continue to be a growth market for electronics distributors. Component distributors can expect growth of 23 percent in 2013, according  to the 13th Annual Electronic Components Distributor Survey by Electronics Supply & Manufacturing-China (ESM-China), published by Global Sources. Distributors indicated an average revenue growth of 18…

NXP Leads Automotive ASSP Semiconductor Market for Second Year in a Row

Benefiting from its leadership position in AM/FM tuner and audio processing chips, NXP Semiconductors NV in 2012 retained its rank as the world’s top supplier of application-specific standard product (ASSP) semiconductors for the automotive infotainment market. Netherlands-based NXP last year posted automotive infotainment ASSP revenue of $459 million, giving it a market share of 15…

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Who Pays for Mfg. R&D: OEMs or EMS Providers?

Electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers must have thick skins. They invest in manufacturing process improvements for the benefits of customers; take flak from governments, labor and human rights organizations as well as consumers − again for the OEM customers; get rewarded with low margins, and often are swiftly dumped by customers at the first signs…