ECIA: Component & Product Demand Surges to Dramatic High

Optimism in the electronics market is surging, according to ECIA, bolstering data from a national manufacturing index that reached a 37-year high in March. The ECIA’s Electronic Component Sales Trend (ECST) monthly survey, which assesses month-to-month sales growth sentiment, leapt up between 26 and 27 points in component and end-market measures from February to March.…

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Demand Surges, Supply Tightens at U.S. Factories

Demand remains high for U.S.- made products even as manufacturers contend with price increases, labor shortages and supply constraints. The Institute for Supply Management’s PMI reached a three-year high in February to 60.8, an increase of 2.1 percentage points from the January reading. Signs for future demand remain strong, but supply chain pressures are unlikely…

Sensirion Acquires Micro Gas-Analyzer Specialist Qmicro

Sensirion Holding AG, a leading supplier of environmental and flow sensor solutions, has completed the acquisition of Qmicro B.V., an innovative OEM supplier of miniaturized gas-analysis technologies. Qmicro, based in Enschede, The Netherlands, develops, manufactures, and supplies micro gas analyzers based on microelectromechanical (MEMS) gas chromatography (GC) technology. Qmicro’s most important application areas include industrial…

Sensor Innovation from Wearables to Vehicles at CES 2018

CES never fails to satisfy the consumer’s appetite for new gadgets, which in many cases are fueled by advances in sensor technology. This year is no exception with products enabled for virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR), voice assistants (Will Alexa rule the world?), and artificial intelligence (AI). The result is TVs that act as a smart…

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Littelfuse Strengthens Sensors Business with Acquisition

Continuing its acquisition strategy to expand in several key markets, Littelfuse Inc. recently acquired U.S. Sensor Corp., headquartered in Orange, California. The company is a manufacturer of thermistors and probe assemblies used in temperature sensing applications. The acquisition is part of the Littelfuse’s new five-year corporate strategy to double its sensor platform by 2021. “This…

Sensors, Sensors, Sensors, Everywhere

Sensors are poised to join the ranks of high-tech’s most critical components as manufacturers across multiple segments of the economy design the parts into next-generation automotive, connectivity, medical, monitoring and safety equipment. Demand for sensors have surged in recent years and are forecast to climb at a double-digit pace in the near future, creating investment…

InvenSense Expands into Automotive Market

San Jose, Calif. – InvenSense, Inc., a provider of MEMS sensor platforms, has entered the automotive market with the introduction of automotive sensor solutions for safety and non-safety applications. Entrance into the market was driven by increased demand for personalized in-vehicle experience, improved safety, assisted automated driving, and predictable maintenance systems. The company is developing MEMS…

Magnetic Sensor Growth Shifts to Automotive Sector

Englewood, Colo.  – Global revenues for the semiconductor-based magnetic sensor market grew less than one percent in 2014, primarily due to ongoing price erosion in the electronic compass sensor market, according to IHS Inc. However, the market researcher forecasts nearly four percent growth in 2015 due to rising demand in the automotive sector. The automotive sensor market…

Molex Delivers Turnkey Touch Switch Solutions

Molex Inc. offers capacitive and metal touch switch solutions for a variety of applications including consumer appliances, industrial equipment and medical devices. These custom user interfaces are manufactured using Molex’s vertically-integrated design and state-of-the art manufacturing capabilities that help deliver a fast time to market. Molex has engineering and manufacturing locations in Naperville, Ill.; DongGuan, China, and Taiwan.…