Semico, Isola Launch PCB Design Conference

Isola Group, a market leader in copper-clad laminates and dielectric prepreg materials used to fabricate advanced multilayer Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) and Semico Research, a semiconductor marketing and consulting research company, announced that they have teamed up to launch Boards, Chips and Packaging: Designing to Maximize Results.  This new industry event will span the system-level ecosystem to…

Biometrics in Mobile Devices Generate Big Growth

Although revenue and shipment forecasts for biometric technologies vary among market researchers, there is no doubt that the use of these technologies in mobile devices including smartphones and tablets will grow significantly over the next five years across industries and regions. A new report from Acuity Market Intelligence indicates that the global mobile biometric market…

RFMW Inks Global Deal With ParkerVision

RFMW Ltd. and ParkerVision, Inc. (Nasdaq:PRKR) have announced a worldwide distribution agreement for ParkerVision products and services. ParkerVision, Inc. is a developer, manufacturer and marketer of semiconductor technology solutions for wireless applications. RFMW Ltd. is a specialized, technology based component distribution organization providing customers and suppliers with a solutions oriented sales and marketing team. RFMW…

Diversification Yields Positive Results for Sanmina

Sanmina Corp. is the new investors’ darling of the contract manufacturing industry. Its stock price has surged at a double-digit clip in recent days despite tepid sales growth and amidst continuing signs visibility into end-markets remain limited. What accounts for this disparity? Sanmina isn’t exactly the same company it was only a few years ago.…

America II Adds Eight New Franchise Lines

St. Petersburg, Fla. — America II Electronics, Inc., one of the world’s largest distributors of semiconductors and electronic components, today announced it has signed franchise distribution agreements with eight manufacturers. The company added Kontech USA, EMS Technologies, Power-Sonic Corporation, Global Circuit Innovations, Iskra, Toplite, Pastomold and Quectel Wireless Solutions Co. Ltd. to its global line…

NASA Approves AVX’s X7R BME MLCCs

Fountain Inn, S.C. (July 20, 2015) – AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has announced that, after several years of extensive testing, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has approved its space-level X7R base metal electrode (BME) multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) for use in US military and aerospace applications…

TI Speeds Up Power Supply Design

Dallas, Tex. – The race to bring new products to market faster just got a little easier for power supply designers, particularly for time-constrained engineers who often have to work under tight deadlines and are faced with complex design requirements. Texas Instruments (TI) has released three new advanced tools in its online WEBENCH Power Designer that…

Gartner Reduces Chip CapEx Forecast

Weakness in both the euro and the yen has  dragged down the semiconductor equipment spending forecast, according to Gartner. Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to grow 2.5 percent in 2015, to $66.1 billion,  down from the 4.1 percent growth predicted in the previous quarter’s forecast. “Since the previous quarter’s forecast, continued weakness in the…