Electronics Supply Chain Redefining China’s Role

Compared to other industries, the technology industry has a truly cross-regional reach. Supply chains for products like semi-conductors, consumer electronics, mobile devices, PCs, tablets and printers are global in nature, as parts are being supplied from across the world. However, there is a shift in production and consumption as the attractiveness of emerging markets continues…

KOA Speer Awarded by Arrow

KOA Speer Electronics, Inc. announced today that it was presented the Arrow Electronics, Inc. Perfect Order Index (POI) award for 2013. KOA Speer received the platinum  award for the highest level of performance in the passive electromechanical components category. Arrow’s POI awards honor suppliers that achieve best-in-class performance by delivering “perfect orders” as measured by…

Raytheon Awards Acopian

Acopian Power Supplies, a leader in the design, manufacturing and distribution of standard, modified-standard and custom power supplies, today announced that it received a 4-Star Supplier Excellence Award for 2014 from Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business.    Over 180 supplier partners, that support the IDS business, were recognized for outstanding performance. The award was presented…

Electronics Purchasing and Voting With Your Pocketbook

Walmart critics say the mega-retailer doesn’t pay its employees enough. Among the arguments in favor of Walmart boosting its employees’ wages is “it’s the right thing to do.” Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has become a very popular branding tool for many businesses. But how about from the business standpoint? Walmart is one of the darlings…

Element14 Adds Avago Optocouplers

 element14 has added to its extensive range the highly-integrated gate drive optocouplers from Avago Technologies, one of the world’s leading supplier of analog interface components for wireless, wireline and industrial applications. These optically-isolated devices are optimized for driving high power MOSFET or IGBT directly, exhibiting fast gate switching speed, minimal propagation delay, high CMR and…

Five Tips for Combating Counterfeit Components

Counterfeit components are a $100 billion industry. Counterfeits are now estimated to comprise between five and 25 percent of all available parts. As the marketplace for engineers has become increasingly fast-moving and competitive, many purchasing professionals and distributors have cut corners to accommodate faster product turnaround schedules. This is has allowed gray market electronics to…