SCM/Procurement Software Market Grows 11%

Supply chain management (SCM) and procurement software applications grew 10.8 percent in 2014, reaching $9.9 billion in 2014, according to Gartner, Inc. Outpacing most software markets, Gartner attributes solid growth in this software segment to the competitive advantage that the supply chain delivers to businesses in terms of driving business growth goals, including improved customer satisfaction,…

Rutronik, Micronas Sign Global Distribution Deal

Freiburg/Ispringen, Germany -The global franchise covers the entire Micronas Hall-effect sensor and embedded motor controller product ranges. The Micronas products are extremely well suited for automotive and industrial applications. The 2D sensors, Linear Hall sensors and Hall switches offer the greatest potential in this regard. “We are experiencing high demand for these products”, Thomas Rudel, CEO…

Cypress & Arrow Announce Design Challenge Winner

Cypress Semiconductor Corp., and Arrow Electronics have announced the winners of the PSoC Pioneer Challenge, a global design competition that had engineers prototype new Internet of Things applications using Cypress’s PSoC 4 BLE Pioneer Kit. The winner is Chuck Swiger of Charleston, W.V., whose electric bicycle data collection and logging system claimed the $2,500 grand…

Flextronics to Make NEXTracker Controllers

Flextronics International Ltd. said it has been selected to manufacture self-powered tracker controllers for NEXTracker Inc., a producer of horizontal tracking equipment used for solar projects, efficient power conversion (EPC) facilities and other energy systems. NEXTracker’s products are used in clean technology programs across several continents and the company operates offices in Asia, Europe and…

Mouser Stocks Lumileds LUXEON 5258 LEDs

Mouser Electronics, Inc., the global authorized distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking the LUXEON 5258 LEDs from Lumileds. Engineered to serve as a single 4.8 mm optical light source, the LUXEON 5258 is a multi-die package LED that provides precise beam control and high luminance from a single package. These LEDs use a 5258 surface…

Digi-Key Adds to Bare Die Portfolio

Bare-die products, which Texas Instruments Inc. defines as “package-free semiconductors,” are growing in popularity as electronics products become smaller and more lightweight.  Although bare die are most often sold by component suppliers, they are increasingly becoming available through distribution. Bare die solutions were introduced by Digi-Key Corp. to its customer base earlier this year, and…

TI Tops Analog IC Ranking

Over the past few years the analog IC market has seen good growth driven by several markets including LED lighting, smart power management, and now wearables, growing nine percent in 2014. Texas Instruments (TI) continues to be the leading supplier of analog devices with $8.1 billion in sales in 2014, increasing its analog market share…

CTIA: Spectrum Generates $400B Per Year in the U.S.

Every so often the licensing of spectrum — the radio frequencies that carry  wireless communications — becomes a battle between the “haves” and “have nots.” As  the report “Mobile Broadband Spectrum: A Vital Resource for the American Economy” notes, spectrum is a finite resource that is in high demand in the mobile industry. Spectrum licensed to U.S.…

2015 Top 5 Trends in Enterprise Labeling, Part 2

Today, there are a variety of factors impacting supply chain strategy and ultimately labeling processes. Therefore, it’s important to take a close look at what changes are driving today’s trends in labeling, which has become a mission-critical component in the supply chain as businesses continue to expand globally. This article, the second of a 2-part…

Strong Demand Ahead for PV Inverter ICs

El Segundo, Calif. – The photovoltaic (PV) inverter market is expected to drive semiconductor growth, particularly for discrete and analog semiconductors, over the next three years, according to a new IHS report. Revenue from semiconductors used in PV inverters increased by nine percent in 2014, reaching $386.1 million. IHS forecasts the PV inverter semiconductor market to…