Connectors Get Smaller, Tougher for Wearables

Wearable electronics – whether they are smart watches, smart glasses, personal health monitors, or electronics embedded in clothing – continue to be one of the biggest sectors driving demand for miniature connectors that are able to withstand the rigors of a wide range of environments. Connector suppliers have responded with parts that tolerate extremes of…

TTI Delivers Faster Amphenol Fiber Optic Assemblies

Addressing the need for quicker deliveries of fiber-optic connector assemblies, Amphenol Aerospace, a division of Amphenol Corp., recently named TTI, Inc. as its exclusive value-added assembler for its ARINC 801, MT, and CF38999 tight tolerance fiber-optic MIL-DTL-38999 Series III circular plug and receptacle connectors. These products are primarily used in commercial aerospace and military sectors across a…

Hirose Rolls Out VAR Program for Fiber Optic Cables

Simi Valley, Calif. – Hirose Electric has created a fiber optic cabling value-added reseller (VAR) program to complement its line of ruggedized connectors. The new program enables the interconnect manufacturer to deliver complete fiber optic solutions for a variety of commercial, data communications/networking, medical, military/aerospace, surveillance and telecommunication applications. The VAR program positions Hirose to…

2 Acquisitions in 2 Years: Sager Buys Norvell

When several now-global distributors were busy gobbling up competitors in the 1990s, Sager Electronics maintained its laser-focus on its specialty products – IP&E—and its position in the Americas market. Although not historically acquisitive, Sager – with its announcement it would acquire Norvell Electronics Inc., headquartered in Carrollton, Texas, — has made its second acquisition in…

GCT Launches Custom Cable Assembly Division

Global Connector Technology (GCT) has launched a dedicated cable assembly division to meet growing demand for customer-specific cable assemblies. Targeted at volume OEMs, GCT provides custom services for a variety of cable assemblies, including overmolded and IDC, as well as wire harnesses and cable looms. All assemblies are 100-percent tested to guarantee reliability and compliance,…

Molex Acquires Soligie

Flexible electronics—circuits that can be printed on substrates such as plastic—enable products such as the curved smartphones and TV screens that have been released in recent years. Molex Incorporated is now expanding its presence in the flexible electronics business through its acquisition of Soligie Inc., anounced today. Soligie specializes in printed and flexible electronic solutions for…

Who’s in the Apple Smartwatch?

A teardown of the smartwatch recently introduced by Apple Inc. revealed the company called on many of its current component suppliers to provide components for the device. Winners of the company’s design sockets include Micron Inc., which provided the DRAM, and Toshiba Inc., which supplied the flash memory component. IHS Inc. in a report said…

Fischer Connectors Extends Minimax Series

Fischer Connectors, a worldwide leader in push-pull circular connectors and cable assembly solutions, continues to lead the trend of miniaturization. After the successful launch of the Fischer MiniMax™ Series in 2012, Fischer Connectors extends this miniature high performance rugged connector with a pin socket version. With the product range extension, the Fischer MiniMax Series is…

Distribution: Masters of Problem-Solving

As electronics component sales and service organizations, distributors assist customers in a variety of ways. Master Electronics of Santa Monica, CA, prefers to call its role “problem-solving.” “We will do anything at this company that makes business sense for ourselves and the customer,” says Riad Nizam, vice president of sales for Master Electronics. “If you…