Gartner IDs 10 Key Tech Trends for 2014

With every new technology comes the opportunity for supply chain partners to tap into new customers or markets. Market research firm Gartner has identified the top 10 technology trends it deems strategic for most organizations during 2014. Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the…

Mouser Gets AS9100C OK

 Mouser Electronics, Inc., a top design engineering resource and global authorized distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, today announced that it has satisfied the rigorous audits of process control, quality management, and risk management, to be registered to AS9100C.  Established as the industry’s gold standard for quality and control, AS9100C is a quality management certification…

EPC Names Digi-Key as Channel Partner

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today announced new inventory of Gallium Nitride (GaN) power management products, available for immediate shipment as part of an exclusive global distribution agreement with Efficient Power Conversion (EPC). EPC is the leader in enhancement mode Gallium Nitride based power…

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…