Chip Maker Mergers: When 1+1=Risk

There will always be certain risks that a business can expect: a management turnover; a market correction; or taking on too much debt. In the electronics supply chain, the industry has become better at spotting risks, such as those that come with manufacturing and sourcing products offshore. But the more subtle risks, said Tom Galligani,…

Semiconductor Assoc. Applauds Passage of TPA

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) this week today applauded Congress for approving the bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation. Although passage of the TPA puts the U.S. closer to a controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the SIA said the TPA “will strengthen the U.S. semiconductor industry and [the U.S.]  economy by paving the way for…

What Happens to Purchasing When Suppliers Merge?

Purchasers fret when suppliers merge. As well they should. Continuity of supplies is critical to success in the procurement world and nothing threatens this more than mergers and acquisition activities. An acquisition can result in the elimination of product lines, derailing carefully laid out procurement plans. A spate of recent acquisitions in the semiconductor market…

Murata Bolsters IoT Focus

Smyrna, Ga. – Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has optimized its Broadcom-enabled wireless modules to easily integrate with Freescale’s i.MX applications processors for smart, secure and connected solutions in the consumer, industrial and automotive segments. The electronic components manufacturer also announced it has joined the Freescale Connect Partner Program as a Proven Partner. The partnership leverages Freescale’s i.MX applications…

Newark element14: A Decade of Change

Tom Hudak’s resignation as president of Chicago-based Newark element14 this week underscores several major management and branding changes at the distributor over the past decade. Since 2003, the North American distribution business of UK-based Premier Farnell plc has had five presidents and two brands, changing from Newark Electronics to NewarkInOne and now Newark element14. While management…

IBM Deepens Partnership With Chip Designers

IBM Corp. has announced that it will offer a new cloud service for companies looking to design chips for electronic products such as mobile phones, wearable devices and Internet of Things (IoT) systems. Dubbed the IBM High Performance Services for Electronic Design Automation, IBM executives said the company has partnered with SiCAD, Inc., a silicon…

Hudak Resigns as President of Newark element14

Premier Farnell has announced that Tom Hudak, president of Chicago-based Newark element14, its North American distribution business, has resigned from his position effective July 1, 2015. Gert Labuschagne, chief strategy and marketing officer, will take over control of Sales and Marketing at Newark element14. He will be supported by Pat Milbourne, currently Newark element14 SVP…

TTI Has FCI Minitek Pwr Hybrid

TTI, Inc., a world leading specialist distributor of passive, connector, electromechanical and discrete components, now stocks FCI’s Minitek Pwr Hybrid 3.0mm and 4.2mm connectors in Europe. Compared with traditional power connectors, the new Hybrid series benefits from an improved and flexible modular design. This ensures that the number and placement of power and signal contacts…