How Distribution Can Capitalize on the IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is everywhere, and the market opportunities are mind-boggling: 50 billion devices will be connected by 2020. The value of the IoT devices and services market will reach $7 trillion by 2020. The benefits to users are infinite. Is this the “killer app” the high-tech market has been waiting for? The…

PNI Sensor Debuts Wearable Dev Kit

CES – Las Vegas — PNI Sensor Corp. has claimed the industry’s first wearable development kit  that integrates sensors, a sensor hub, sensor fusion algorithms, a programmable processor and wireless capabilities in a bracelet-sized form factor. Incorporating PNI’s SENtral sensor hub, the SENtrode development kit is expected to help designers speed up the design-to-delivery of smartwatches, activity…

Microchip DSC Targets Harsh Environments

Chandler, Ariz. — Microchip Technology Inc. has announced a new family of 16-bit dsPIC33 digital signal controllers (DSCs). The dsPIC33 “EV” family provides 5-V operation for improved noise immunity and robustness, which is suited for devices operating in harsh environments such as automotive (including sensors, user interface, fuel pumps, cooling fans and water pumps), appliance (including…

ROHM Optimizes Automotive System Power Supplies for MCUs

Santa Clara, Calif. — ROHM Semiconductor has developed system power supplies optimized for high-performance microcontrollers (MCUs) in a variety of automotive systems, such as electronic power steering, fuel injection, and advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) including hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs). To ensure compatibility with start-stop systems, the BD39001EKV-C uses a proprietary boost-buck automatic switching…

Smart Grid: Part of a Bigger Opportunity

A few years ago the smart grid represented an opportunity for electronics companies to tap into a rapidly growing market. Thanks to new energy standards, increased public concern for energy savings; volatile gas and oil prices; potential government subsidies and advanced electronics technologies, the grid and its offshoots looked ripe for the picking. Has the…

Consolidation Rules Home Appliances Market

El Segundo, Calif. — Home appliance manufacturers are looking to increase their market share through acquisitions, new territories and new market segments to take advantage of strong growth in the market, according to a new report from IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS). Worldwide shipments of home appliances are forecast to reach 611 million units by the end of 2014,…

Energy Efficiency Drives IGBT Market

Albany, N.Y. – The global insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) and super junction MOSFET market is expected to grow from $4.8 million in 2012 to $10.1 million by 2019, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.6 percent over the forecast period of 2013 to 2019, according to Transparency Market Research. The report,…

Manufacturing Shifts Toward a Multi-Source Strategy

This week’s announcement that Whirlpool Corp. is doubling the size of its Greenville, Ohio manufacturing plant and adding 400 jobs is another example of how U.S. manufacturing is moving back onshore. Or is it? Onshoring (or reshoring) is occurring, according to Wade McDaniel, vice president for solutions development for global distributor Avnet Inc., but so…