IPC: PCB Shipments Remain Flat

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the May findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Sales growth was flat and orders declined in May, and the book-to-bill ratio slipped below parity. Flat Sales and Declining Orders Reported in May Total North American PCB shipments increased just 0.1 percent in…

IoT Design Challenge Launched

Element14, along with partners EnOcean, Tektronix, the Raspberry Pi Foundation and the Eclipse Foundation, has announced the launch of the new “Forget Me Not” design challenge, a global design competition which will encourage participating engineers to develop pioneering applications in the field of home monitoring and automation. The initiative will use a core kit featuring popular…

TTI Acquires Astrex

TTI, Inc. an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, today announced the acquisition of Astrex Electronics, a privately held connector distribution specialist headquartered in Plainview, New York. Mike Morton, President TTI Americas, said of the acquisition, “I’m very pleased to be bringing Astrex Electronics into the fold of the TTI family of companies. I…

SMIC Founds 12-inch CIS Supply Chain in China

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (“SMIC”; NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981), China’s largest and most advanced semiconductor foundry, today announced that the first 12″ color filter & micro lens array production line in mainland China has been completed and put into production by Toppan SMIC Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. (“TSES”), a joint venture of SMIC and Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (“Toppan”).…

E2v Completes Redesign of Logic Device

E2v, the leading high reliability semiconductor solutions provider, today announced that it has completed full qualification of the QP54ACT139 Decoder/Demultiplexer. This device serves as a drop-in replacement for the industry standard 54ACT139 device. It has been fully re-engineered and manufactured on a bipolar process and meets the original manufacturer’s specifications for military and aerospace applications.…

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…