Set-Top Box Market to Achieve Record Shipments in 2013

 Despite the pay-TV industry’s increasing focus on delivering services to alternative devices like PCs, smartphones and tablets, its traditional flagship platform– the set-top box (STB)—continues to thrive, with market shipments set to hit record highs in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Global shipments of STBs used for cable, satellite, terrestrial and Internet protocol television (IPTV) digital…

Advanced Power Electronics Inks Premier Farnell Deal

Advanced Power Electronics Corp. (USA), a leading Taiwanese manufacturer of MOS power semiconductors for DC-DC power conversion applications, today announced that it has signed a franchise deal with Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), a leading high service distributor of electronic components and host of the industry-leading element14 Community. Under the terms of the agreement, Premier Farnell…

Cost Reduction Doesn’t Have to Be Painful

Opportunity for cost reduction exists in all companies. Lytica’s analytic tools were conceived to focus on cost reduction for commercial component purchases but are also proving effective in reducing overhead activity associated with their cost reduction. Our customers are finding that they can significantly reduce the amount of activity required to get significant savings by…

The More Things Change in Distribution

There was a period in the electronics distribution industry during which an acquisition in Europe would barely get a second glance. That’s because foreign acquisitions by U.S.-based distributors were happening at roughly one per week. In some cases, it was almost a daily occurrence. Although it appeared at the time that industry leaders Arrow Electronics…

Exar Corp. Acquires Cadeka Microcircuits

 Exar Corporation (Nasdaq: EXAR), a leading provider of high-performance analog mixed-signal products and data management solutions, today announced that it has acquired Cadeka Microcircuits. The transaction, which closed on Friday, July 5, 2013, includes $29.0 million in initial consideration to be paid in a combination of cash and stock, and an earn-out against net revenues…

Toshiba Moves U.S. Chip & Storage to Bigger Irvine HQ

 Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)*, a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, today announced it has moved its corporate headquarters to 9740 Irvine Blvd., in Irvine, California. Previously located at 19900 MacArthur Blvd. in Irvine, TAEC now joins five other Toshiba America, Inc., subsidiaries in a larger 445,410 square…

RS Components Site Supports Open Source Design

 RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has announced the launch of its ‘Open Source Design Centre’, a comprehensive free guide to open source electronics design hosted on designspark.com, the company’s online resource for electronics design engineers.  The Open Source Design…