Nokia Stays Out of Phone Business for Good

Nokia Corp. said it has no plans to re-enter the mobile communications handset market, effectively curbing growing speculations the company intended to make smartphones in China with a contract manufacturer. In an unusual response, Nokia issued a tersely-worded press statement stating clearly the reports about it intending to make smartphones were “false, and include comments…

Inductors Deliver Performance, Size Improvements

Thanks to continuous improvements in performance and miniaturization, which help reduce OEM costs, the global inductor market is forecast to reach $3.75 billion in 2019 up from $2.78 billion in 2014, according to Micromarket Monitor. “The demand for surface mount and ceramic core inductor is continuously growing owing to the increased need of miniaturization without compromising the…

Get Ready for the Level VI Efficiency Regulation

The U.S. Level VI energy-efficiency regulation, aimed at energy savings in external power supplies, goes into force on February 10, 2016, and will impact all OEMs selling into the U.S. market. The European Union (EU) also is expected to harmonize with the new efficiency standard. Developed to conserve power primarily in consumer and industrial-type products –…

ECIA Takes Position on Product Change Notifications

  Product change notices (PCNs) are a necessary but complicated reality of the supply chain.  Component manufacturers change things all the time, but because components are sold directly to customers, through distributors or on the open market, it is nearly impossible to disseminate notices in a consistent manner. Entire websites have been dedicated to keeping…

$1B Fine and Qualcomm’s China Problem Still Isn’t Over?

What would it take to make Qualcomm Inc.’s China problem go away, permanently? In February, the semiconductor supplier coughed up $975 million to settle charges of anti-monopoly practices in China and agreed to other painful steps that will make local rivals more competitive. Yet these actions haven’t relieved Qualcomm of its China headache. Sales in…