Emerging Markets Drive Smartphone Sales

Emerging markets increased smartphone sales by 40 percent during the first quarter (Q1) of 2015, according to a new report from Gartner Inc. Global sales to end users increased 19.3 percent in Q1, reaching 336 million units, led by strong growth in emerging markets (excluding China), said Gartner. The fastest growing regions were emerging Asia/Pacific,…

CEA: Consumers Expect Less Tech Spending

It is only one data point out of many, but the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) Index of Consumer Expectations declined in May. The decline was 2.4 points from April to 173.7; however, May’s ICE remains higher year-over-year, as it has since May of 2009. “There is mounting apprehension around the economy,” said Shawn DuBravac, Ph.D.,…

Aavid Acquires Qfinsoft Technology

Boston, Mass. — Aavid Corporation (“Aavid”) announced it has acquired Qfinsoft Technology Inc. (“Qfinsoft”). Based in Rossland, BC, Canada, Qfinsoft specializes in developing software for the simulation of fluid flow, thermodynamics, and combustion processes. Its Qfin software is widely used in fluid flow and thermal management applications and its Qled software is the only product of its…

Bel Announces Management Promotions

Jersey City, N.J. — Bel Fuse Inc. (NASDAQ: BELFA and BELFB) today announced the promotions of Dennis Ackerman to President of Bel Power Solutions, and Peter Bittner to President of Bel Connectivity Solutions. Daniel Bernstein, Bel’s President and CEO, said, “Bel is fortunate to have two such talented and  dedicated executives to take charge of our Power…

Market Cycles Challenge Electronics Buyers

The electronics industry is changing in fundamental ways and the shifts taking place are raising questions about whether the industry is less cyclical than it used to be. It’s a topic of conversation increasingly being discussed among analysts and corporate executives who are looking at the past as a way to understand today’s electronics landscape.…

Mouser Ships Intel Compute Stick with Windows

Mouser Electronics, Inc., the global authorized distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, is now shipping the Intel® Compute Stick with Windows 8.1, a new generation of computer from Intel Corp. The Compute Stick is a revolutionary new device that enables any screen with an HDMI interface to become a fully functional personal computer. The Compute Stick…

API Technologies Honors TTI

Fort Worth, Tex. – TTI, Inc. the leading global distributor of interconnect, passive, electromechanical and discrete components announced today the company has received recognition from API Corp. as Distributor of the Year, marking the fifth time the company has garnered the prestigious award. API Technologies presented the top award to TTI executives at the recent…

UMC Unveils Automotive Platform

Hsinchu, Taiwan – United Microelectronics Corporation (NYSE: UMC; TWSE: 2303) (“UMC”), a leading global semiconductor foundry, today unveiled its UMC Auto SM technology platform to target IC companies designing chips for automotive applications. UMC Auto is a comprehensive platform that consists of a broad portfolio of automotive AEC-Q100 qualified technology solutions ranging from 0.5um to 28nm nodes,…

Connected Automotive System Market Set to Surge

The connected automotive infotainment systems market is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 33.8 percent over the next five years, driven by connected navigation and in-car Wi-Fi, according to ABI Research. The report, Automotive Infotainment Market Research, finds that “developed regions, which accounted for more than 60 percent of shipments in 2014,…

Inductor Market to Grow 6.2% Through 2019

Component miniaturization, weight reduction and ease-of-manufacturing have all contributed to growth in the market for inductors, a fundamental passive component. The global inductor market, estimated at $2780 million in 2014, is expected to reach $3750 million by 2018, according to “Global Inductor Market by Type (Fixed Inductor, Variable Inductor, Couple Inductor, Multilayer Inductor, Power Inductor,…