Who Gets the Last Word: Design or Purchasing?

The connector market is often described as evolutionary — ­­rather than revolutionary — in its technology advancements, but that doesn’t mean the sector is immune to the electronics industry’s wild swings. The challenges and problems connector manufacturers and design engineers must deal with include the same hurdles the rest of the market faces. Problems as…

Walk Where Counterfeiters Won’t Go

Walking where counterfeiters can’t and won’t go isn’t difficult. It just requires rigorous compliance with commonsense practices and the willingness to spend a few extra bucks upfront to avoid much bigger costs and embarrassment down the road. To start, though, companies must recognize the growing dangers counterfeits and substandard parts pose to the electronics supply…

TSMC Reaps Benefits of R&D Investment

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. recorded a 17 percent increase in year-over-year sales in May on surging demand for the wafer foundry’s products and as the company continues to benefit from its R&D and next-generation capital equipment investments. Total sales for May rose to NT$51.8 billion Taiwan dollar or approximately $1.73 billion, from NT$44.2 billion…

Supply Chain Targets Reverse Logistics

As the electronics industry increases its commitment to the environment, businesses are looking for cradle-to-grave management of electronics products. The after-market handling of products – repair, return, disposal and recycling – has largely been left to a highly fragmented set of companies that may or may not be familiar with the electronics supply chain. In…

EU Solar Duties: Will China Turn the Other Cheek?

The European Union (EU) has delivered the first stinging blow in a brewing war over solar panels today by imposing hefty tariffs on Chinese products in response to allegations that manufacturers from the south East Asian nation have been selling their products at cutthroat prices on the continent. The “dumping” of solar panels below production…

Distributors See 23% Hike in 2013 China Sales

Despite economic pressures in the global market, China will continue to be a growth market for electronics distributors. Component distributors can expect growth of 23 percent in 2013, according  to the 13th Annual Electronic Components Distributor Survey by Electronics Supply & Manufacturing-China (ESM-China), published by Global Sources. Distributors indicated an average revenue growth of 18…

Richardson RFPD Introduces Four New DuNE DTCs

Richardson RFPD, Inc.  announces four new DuNE™ technology-enhanced digitally tunable capacitors (DTCs) from Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation (Peregrine). The new DTCs are the latest additions to Peregrine industry-leading integrated RF tuning IC portfolio and feature a wide capacitance range of 0.6 to 7.7 pF and support power handling up to 34 dBm into 50 Ohms (30…