Quality & Traceability: Critical to Procurement

This month, Verical.Connect and EPS have taken a very close and important look at the cornerstones of quality and anti-counterfeiting strategies in the semiconductor and electronics supply chain. Sourcing and procurement have grown, expanded, and decidedly matured in terms of business operations/processes as well as the role that these departments play in the corporation. Quality…

Battelle Builds a ‘Barrier’ Against Counterfeit Chips

Tom Sharpe clearly recalls the first batch of “clone” semiconductors that turned up under the microscopes at his company’s Sandy Hook, Conn., test facility three years ago. SMT Corp., where he is vice president, specializes in detecting counterfeit chips, and most of those it had detected before then had been poor-quality, previously used chips that…

Sager Ramps Up For a Power-Hungry Market

After 128 years in business, Sager Electronics can still mark some “firsts” in its history. Sager Power Systems, a specialized group within Sager Electronics, is one of those. For the first time, in 2014 and 2015, Sager acquired two companies in less than a year. The specialty distributor has, of course, acquired other companies: in…

Artesyn Simplifies Power Supply Design

Artesyn Embedded Technologies launched the ConfigPro online power supply configurator to help customers select the best solution among more than three million combinations of configurable power supplies. The tool is designed to make it easier for industrial and medical equipment designers to specify and use configurable power supplies. In many cases, the tool can eliminate…

Expect Lower Server DRAM Prices into 2016

After increased shipments in the first and second quarters of 2015, shipments of brand-name enterprise servers have slowed in part due to a weak global economy and currency rate fluctuations, resulting in lower DRAM prices, particularly for servers, according to TrendForce. TrendForce reports the average contract price of DDR4 R-DIMM products have declined as much…

Renesas IoT Platform Helps Drive Faster Innovation

Innovation is the name of the game in the world of electronics, particularly for nascent markets like the Internet of Things (IoT). But if a company can’t quickly develop a prototype, test it, and move it into production, it can quickly turn into a losing proposition, resulting in a loss of time, resources, and sales.…

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U.S. Innovation on the Upswing

If design activity is a measure of innovation in the electronics industry – and in most cases it is – U.S. companies are inventing more products this year than last.  Arrow Electronics Inc., which carries hundreds of component brands to hundreds of thousands of OEM customers, saw its design-wins increase by double digits globally in…

Buyers’ Scarcest Commodity? Time

Procurement specialists have to focus on a lot of issues strategic to their organizations. But what is the problem that most bedevils buyers themselves? Time management. PrimeAdvantage, a buying consortium of small and midsize manufacturers, found time was the scarcest commodity among respondents to its 2015 survey. Because of  time limitations, 63 percent of respondents said…

Ecliptek Speeds Up Compliance Notification

Costa Mesa, Calif. – Identifying and reporting on the materials used in electronics components continues to be a challenge for buyers in the electronics industry. This has become a moving target as regulations expand and more materials are banned. In an effort to help its customers meet environmental compliance requirements, Ecliptek Corp., a crystal and oscillator…