Top 10 Articles of 2014

As the year comes to a close, we take a look at some of the biggest stories of 2014. Here is Electronics Purchasing Strategies’ top 10 highest viewed articles for the year. Several of our most popular stories look at the biggest issues and trends in the supply chain, including manufacturing in China and the buzz around…

Avnet, Micron Celebrate 30th

Phoenix, Ariz. – 1985 was a pivotal year for the memory market in the Americas. Seven of the nation’s leading semiconductor makers exited the DRAM business due to a drastic decline in prices for memory, leaving just a handful of competitors, including the relatively young Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU). That same year, the stalwart…

Future Bets Big on ‘Proliferation of Electronics’

Future Electronics Inc. plans to increase its investments in distribution support facilities and jack up hiring in Europe and Asia in 2015 as the company prepares to support rising “proliferation of electronics” in all areas of manufacturing, services and other segments of the global economy, according to company executives. In 2015, Future expects to more…

PMA Approves UL as Certification Lab

Taipei — UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety science leader, today announced that its laboratory in Taiwan is accredited by the Power Matters Alliance (PMA), making it the sole PMA testing facility in Taiwan. At the same time, MediaTek (TSE: 2454), a global IC industry leader, was awarded the first PMA certification from UL Taiwan, indicating that their product MT3188…

Micron, A*STAR DSI Extend Collaboration

Boise, Idaho – Micron Technology, Inc., and Singapore’s A*STAR Data Storage Institute (DSI) today announced that they are extending their collaboration on the development of STT-MRAM, a promising alternative non-volatile memory technology, for another three years. The two organisations first joined hands in 2011. The flagship collaboration has brought together researchers from Micron and A*STAR DSI to…

Samsung Starts Production of 8-Gb LPDDR4 Mobile DRAM

Seoul, Korea – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced today that it has started mass producing the industry’s first 8 gigabit (Gb), low power double data rate 4 (LPDDR4) mobile DRAM based on the company’s leading-edge 20-nanometer (nm) process technology. LPDDR memories are the most widely used “working memory” for mobile devices worldwide. “By initiating production…

IPC: Nov. PCB Sales Decline

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the November findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Strong year-on-year order growth kept the PCB book-to-bill ratio high, while sales remained slightly below last year. Total North American PCB shipments decreased 3.4 percent in November 2014 from November 2013, bringing year-to-date shipment…

Mouser has ADI SigmaDSP

Mouser Electronics, Inc., a leading global authorized distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking the ADAU145x SigmaDSP Digital Audio Processors from Analog Devices. Part of ADI’s existing SigmaDSP® family, these fourth generation, automotive-qualified audio processors feature a new digital signal processor (DSP) core architecture that is optimized for efficient audio processing. This allows…