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…

NKK Switches & Mouser Launch IndyCar Challenge

 NKK Switches, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of innovative electromechanical switches, has teamed with Mouser Electronics to sponsor the NKK SmartSwitch IndyCar Challenge. The contest is designed to find new innovative solutions for using programmable NKK SmartSwitches in a Driver Information Center for Tony Kanaan and KV Racing Technology’s no. 11 IndyCar.  The contest…

Avnet Embedded Launches Rorke Global Solutions

  Avnet Embedded, a division of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc., today announced the launch of its new Rorke Global Solutions™ business unit, headed by Chuck Kostalnick, senior vice president of Avnet Embedded. The new unit will deliver comprehensive solutions that meld hardware, software and services in support of the unique…

Future Electronics to Distribute Lattice Globally

Lattice Semiconductor Corp. and Future Electronics, a world class leader and innovator in the distribution and marketing of electronic components, today announced a global distribution agreement. Under the terms of the agreement Future Electronics is authorized to sell Lattice’s complete portfolio of innovative low power, low cost FPGA, CPLD and programmable power management design solutions…