RFMW & Frontier Electronics Ink Passives Deal

RFMW Ltd. and Frontier Electronics, a world leader in the manufacture of passive components, today announced a worldwide distribution agreement effective January, 19, 2015.  Frontier Electronics has one of the most comprehensive and all inclusive passive component offerings in the industry. Frontier Electronics manufactures magnetics, MLCCs, IPCs, and diodes for RF and power applications. RFMW…

High-Tech Growth Prompts UPS Expansion

UPS® (NYSE:UPS) today announced three international facility expansions driven by growing demand from retail and high-tech customers. The moves add nearly 220,000 sq. ft. (about 20,000 sqm) to UPS’s global supply chain network. The newly expanded facilities are located in Krefeld, Germany; Butzbach (near Frankfurt am Main), Germany; and Venlo, Netherlands. UPS, which recently announced…

Tessera and Amkor Settle Dispute

Tessera Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSRA) (“Tessera” or the “Company”) today announced that its subsidiary, Tessera, Inc., has entered into an agreement with Amkor Technology, Inc. (“Amkor”) to settle all pending litigation between Amkor and Tessera, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, Amkor will pay Tessera a total of $155 million, comprised of sixteen equal quarterly…

Wireless Charging for Wearables Readies for Huge Growth

The global market for wireless power and charging in wearable applications is forecast to grow 3,000 percent this year compared to 2014, according to IHS Technology. The market research firm expects global revenue of wireless power receivers and transmitters for wearable applications to exceed more than $480 million in 2015, up from $15 million last year.…

Digi-Key Adds Adafruit Products for Rapid Prototyping

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today announced the addition of Adafruit’s board-level products to its portfolio. Adafruit, the popular online resource for designers using electronic components-, was recently ranked #11 in the top 20 USA manufacturing companies and #1 in New York City by…

2015 will Test Your Corporate ‘Guanxi’

The electronics industry is a “relationships” business. It has always been. I daresay, though, that electronic component distributors have tended to build, nurture and value “relationships” as an integral part of business functions more than any other segments of the market. The Chinese call this “guanxi” referring to the network of trusted relationships that a…