Foreign Exchange: A Mixed Bag for Electronics

The industry is nearly half way through 2015 and it has been a mixed bag of market sentiment for the wider semiconductor and electronics industry. At a macro level, there is significant optimism mid- and long-term for volume and revenue growth. This growth optimism is due to the anticipated rise of the Internet of Things…

Reverse Logistics and Consumer Electronics: A Booming Business

When is the last time you sat in a waiting room or on a bus without people staring down into their phones or tablets? Do you remember your first, or second, or third television, radio, computer, or phone? Can you recall how you disposed of them? The Consumer Electronics world is exploding. It’s growing, and…

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,…

Anaren Unveils Sensor Partnership Program

Syracuse, N.Y.  – Anaren has launched a new Atmosphere Sensors Partnership Program that offers a suite of sensor technologies and tools for its wireless connectivity ecosystem. The inaugural member and primary sensor provider for the program is STMicroelectronics. A key feature of the initiative is a new sensors element library, available within the Anaren Atmosphere  tool. The tool allows non-RF…

How Intel/Altera Will Impact the Channel

The likely effects of the Intel/Altera merger are far-reaching, but there are important themes that cross channel lines and speak to the continuity of industry trends. The viewpoint from the independent distribution channel, for example, is unique.  Different channel partners are, naturally, anticipating different changes to their supplier-distributor relationships and likely will see increases in…

German Distributor Rutronik Expands to Americas

The announcement is vaguely reminiscent of the 1990s: A successful distributor in its domestic market is duplicating its model overseas. This time, however, it’s a European company establishing itself in the U.S. Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente GmbH, founded in 1973 in Ispringen, Germany, has opened its U.S. headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. (See facts and figures, below.) Its…

Electronics Hobbyists Fuel Economy

Electronics distributors, particularly those that specialize in engineering and design volumes, are seeing an increase in orders from do-it-yourselfers and hobbyists. Often, people that tinker with electronics are also involved in the market in some other way. Distributors such as Jameco Electronics have found engaging with hobbyists can lead to business orders down the line.…

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Intel/Altera Could be a Distribution Game-Changer

Altera Corp.’s acquisition by Intel Corp. looks like a sure winner in all ways but one: Altera’s distribution channel. FPGA maker Altera and its closest rival Xilinx Inc. are two of the last suppliers practicing an unofficial distribution policy called “shelf-sharing.” Under shelf-sharing, a supplier refuses to be sold by (or “share shelf” with) any…

Membrane Potentiometers Open Up New Design Opportunities

Membrane potentiometers are mature components with more than twenty years in the industry, and can be used in the same applications as traditional potentiometers. Over the years, the technology has made some significant advances making them a competitive alternative to traditional linear and rotary position sensors. Key technical parameters that designers should consider when selecting…