COTS a Mixed Bag for Defense Spending

The U.S. Department of Defense funding is likely to be one of the ongoing casualties of the government’s budget restraints. Uncertainty around government spending has many program managers pulling back on important battlefield management systems (BMS), according to research firm and consultancy Frost & Sullivan. As defense budgets tighten, research and development (R&D) on BMS…

Microchip Acquires Supertex

Microchip Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCHP) www.microchip.com,  a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, and Supertex Incorporated (NASDAQ: SUPX) today announced that Microchip has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Supertex for $33 per share in cash, which represents a total equity value of about $394 million, and a total enterprise value of about…

Power-One Goes Global With WPG

Power-One, a designer and manufacturer of the world’s most advanced power conversion technologies and WPG Americas Inc. (WPGA), a subsidiary of WPG Holdings, Asia’s No. 1 electronics distributor, announced WPGA will handle sales, support and logistics services for Power-One’s complete line of power products and advanced power conversion solutions globally, effective January 24, 2014. “We…

ON Semi Lauds Distribution Partners

ON Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: ONNN), driving innovation in energy efficiency, has announced its top 2013 distribution partners. These awards honor the distributor in each region that led overall channel sales, grew market share, captured increased sales of products from acquisitions made by ON Semiconductor and scored high on overall process excellence. The 2013 awards are…

Component Prices And Leadtimes Inching Up

Lead time and pricing trends have showed a little upside activity since the beginning of the year,  according to Avnet Electronics Marketing’s Market & Technology Trends report for the month of February. Although the movement isn’t dramatic, buyers should take note of several of the component trends flagged by the global distributor. In analog, lead times continue…