Broadcom Adds Channel Partners for IoT, Ethernet Markets

Broadcom Corporation has announced the addition of more than 40 channel partners to support the expanding Internet of Things (IoT) and high-volume Ethernet IC markets. This is part of the company’s new distribution strategy launched about 18 months ago to broaden its customer base and better leverage its channel partners. The semiconductor solutions manufacturer has…

Digi-Key & Mentor: New Tools for the (Design) Trade

The electronics industry has recently tapped in to a growing population of small entrepreneurs, do-it-yourself (DIY) hobbyists and ‘makers’ that could be developing the next breakthrough high-tech device. Design tools have sprung up that make it faster and easier for users to bring these products to market. But two marquee names in the design chain…

Lead Times Continue to Stretch for PLX Devices

The acquisition of PLX Technology by Avago is still a very unsettled situation with many variables. Customers still face delivery and pricing concerns as available stock continues to shrink in the market. Rumors abound in the industry of additional prices increases, ranging anywhere from 20 to 100 percent, fueling bigger concerns for both buyers and…

Broadcom Targets Mass Market with Mouser’s Help

As part of its overall effort to broaden its customer base, Broadcom Corp. has signed a global distribution agreement with its first e-commerce/catalog distributor, Mouser Electronics. The addition of  Mouser to its distribution network is part of Broadcom’s new channel initiative, started about 18 months ago, aimed at penetrating the mass market. At the same…

What Can Go Wrong with Poor Labeling Strategies?

The following should be cut and pasted, or cut and posted, at the end of every electronics manufacturing line, every warehouse, every distribution center, and even every executive suite. It is a list of the eight most common bad outcomes that can occur from labeling errors, and is derived from more than two decades of…

IP&E Suppliers Target Military Markets

Over the past month, there has been an uptick in military-related partnerships, services, and products in the interconnect, passive, and electromechanical (IP&E) industry. It may be due to MILCOM 2014 (Military Communications Conference) held earlier this month, but in any case, electronic component manufacturers and distributors are putting a lot more focus on the military…

Future Plans $10M Expansion of Memphis Distribution Center

Future Electronics Inc. plans to spend an additional $10 million to expand services at its state-of-the-art Memphis areas distribution center as part of plans to enhance offerings at the 10-year old facility, according to company executives. The increased investment at the facility, which employs about 300 workers, was announced earlier this month at a celebration…

Digi-Key Reports Surging Europe Sales

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today announced exceptionally strong growth in Europe, averaging 26-percent growth year-over-year across the entire region. The company attributes this rapid sales growth to its continued global expansion of local sales and support resources and the strength of its next…