WPG to Distribute Micron ICs in the Americas

Micron, a designer and manufacturer of the world’s most advanced memory and semiconductor technologies and WPG Americas Inc. (WPGA), a subsidiary of WPG Holdings, Asia’s number one electronics distributor, announced today that WPGA will handle sales, support and logistics services for Micron’s complete line of memory and advanced products in North and South America, effective…

The RFID ‘Kill’ Switch is here

During the RFID Live 2013 conference, I had the opportunity to preview some very significant technology introductions that will be implemented as standard features in both mobile and fixed stationed products very soon. One of the most intriguing innovations is the RFID application that I like to think of as a “kill switch.” One hardware…

Memory Prices Tighten but is it Sustainable?

Memory semiconductor vendors have engineered the seemingly impossible. Prices are rising, inventories are tighter, there’s even talk of shortages in certain product areas due to a fire that halted production at a major facility and overall, the fundamentals of the memory market are seen as much better today than they have been in years. How…

Avnet’s Fay: Hynix Fire Exposes Supply Chain Vulnerability

For years now I have been advocating the importance of having a comprehensive and proactive risk management strategy to protect the continuity of the supply chain when a disruption occurs. And though I believe that there is indeed a greater awareness of the importance of risk management, the apparent panic ignited by the recent Hynix…

Chip Makers Align in Automotive Market

With the PC market in decline and government budgets in sequestration, the automotive market is a bright spot for component makers. The electronics content in all types of vehicles is expected to increase significantly as car makers woo customers with advanced safety features and infotainment offerings. This week,  Freescale Semiconductor Japan Ltd. and ROHM Co.…