Boards, Chips and Packaging: Hardware Takes Center Stage

Today’s electronic products have become so sophisticated and ubiquitous that we have come to expect that each new generation will address both our current and future needs. Years ago, the industry was hardware-centric and driven by “big iron” products. Capacity and functionality were thoroughly dependent upon increasingly complex hardware. Think of the movies of the…

Boon or Bust: What will TPP Deliver to U.S. High-Tech?

As the electronics industry seeks to shape the contours of its global supply chain for the next quarter century and beyond, several key organizations representing high tech companies say the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement will provide fertile ground for new market growth while, at the same time, offering a counterbalance to China’s growing influence…

Amphenol Q2 Profit Up, Currency Pressures Rise

Amphenol Corp. improved earnings and sales in the second quarter despite currency exchange pressures that lopped off several percentage points in the company’s financial performance as the U.S. dollar continued to strengthen against other international currencies. The connector manufacturer reported net profit rose to $179 million, or 56 cents per share, in the quarter ended…

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.…