There’s Death in Those Counterfeits

Counterfeits and counterfeiters can kill and may already be responsible for the loss of countless human lives worldwide. So far, though, the human toll of the damaging impact of counterfeiting has been lost in the din of words over how fake products are hurting the electronics industry supply chain and damaging the reputation of companies…

What RoHS 2 Means for Buyers and the Channel

Now that the EU’s Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) has been around awhile, manufacturers have a pretty good idea what’s necessary to comply with the directive. Now RoHS 2 is on the horizon, and the role channel partners play in environmental compliance efforts will be expanded. “What [RoHS 2] does is expand the requirement for…

STMicro Gets Cisco CSR Award

STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications,  has received the 2013 Excellence in Sustainability Award from Cisco. This prestigious award recognizes ST for demonstrating transparency and accountability for the environmental and social impacts of their operations, and partnering with Cisco on projects and solutions, as well as demonstrated leadership…

SMTC Bags SpiderCloud Business

SMTC Corp. said it has signed an agreement to provide contract manufacturing services to communications equipment vendor SpiderCloud Wireless in North America, helping to boost sales at the EMS provider. The sales potential and volume shipment of the transaction was not disclosed and privately-owned SpiderCloud does not disclose its revenue numbers. Aside from the additional…

Military, Aviation Markets More Vulnerable to Counterfeiting

The global aviation and military markets have become even more vulnerable to counterfeiting challenges today as companies channel higher portions of their product development resources to the consumer electronics segment, leaving lower volume sectors to utilize unsafe channels for filling urgent and difficult component procurement needs, industry sources said. The dangers from fake or substandard…

Linear Tech & PowerbyProxi Pact Yields First IC

Linear Technology Corporation  and PowerbyProxi (www.powerbyproxi.com) today announced that they have been working in partnership to develop wireless power systems for use in a range of applications and environments. As a first result of that partnership, Linear Technology today introduced the LTC4120 integrated circuit that combines a wireless power receiver with a full-featured battery charger…

Rochester Inks Pact With Willas-Array Electronics

Rochester Electronics has recently added Willas-Array Electronics (Holdings) Limited out of Hong Kong as an authorized distributor for Rochester-brand semiconductors. Established in 1981, Willas-Array Electronics has become one of the largest Hong Kong-based electronic component distributors in the Asia-PAC region, and will focus on industrial, telecom, medical, and automotive markets. “Willas-Array Electronics (Holdings) Limited has…

PDI Communications Joins MoCA

 PDI Communications Inc., a designer/manufacturer and distributor of RF electronics equipment has joined MoCA(R) as an Associate member. PDI presently designs and manufactures both digital and analog headend electronics as well as MoCA splitters, filters and amplifiers that support the MoCA platforms. PDI engineering will introduce a number of new MoCA high performance products to…

Ametherm Acquires Surge-Gard Product Line

Ametherm today announced that it has acquired the SURGE-GARD™ inrush current limiter product line, formerly manufactured by RTI Electronics, from Measurement Specialties Inc. (NASDAQ: MEAS), a global designer and manufacturer of sensors and sensor-based systems. The acquisition will also include certain NTC thermistor products. “Since their introduction, SURGE-GARD products have won a reputation for quality…