Modular Connector Systems Reduce Costs, Lead Times

Power designers and purchasers of power connectors used in communications equipment can both benefit from modular connector systems. In many cases, these platforms offer a variety of configurations to provide more design flexibility for power designers, while lowering the cost of the bill materials (BOM) and eliminating the lead times associated with new tooling for…

Could IoT Uplift 2016?

The industry’s next white knight has taken many forms, though none has proven as resilient as PC-refresh cycles. Great expectations now rest with the Internet of Things (IoT), which the electronics industry hopes will build into a crescendo of “Things” that will provide demand for components, networking infrastructure, and so forth. This scenario, of course,…

IPC: Domestic PCB Market to Improve

Following four years of declining sales, the North American printed circuit board (PCB) market is expected to improve in 2015 and grow modestly through 2017, according to the IPC. The decline, which has been linked to slowing sales of rigid PCBs, has not been offset by increased demand for flexible PCBs, which has grown steadily…

Avnet Builds ‘Supply Chain of Things’

Users and consumers are beginning to see the types of gadgets that will eventually comprise the Internet of Things (IoT). What many can’t yet visualize are the unseen parts of the IoT – the software and services that ultimately are going to determine whether the IoT becomes as ubiquitous and conventional as cellular technology. “Services…

Diversification Yields Positive Results for Sanmina

Sanmina Corp. is the new investors’ darling of the contract manufacturing industry. Its stock price has surged at a double-digit clip in recent days despite tepid sales growth and amidst continuing signs visibility into end-markets remain limited. What accounts for this disparity? Sanmina isn’t exactly the same company it was only a few years ago.…

Temperature & Image Sensors ‘Hot’ Through 2020

Temperature sensors, in a word, will remain “hot” in North America and Europe.  Thanks to demand from both the industrial and consumer market segments, sales of temperature sensors are expected to grow at a decent clip in those regions through 2020. In Europe, the market is expected to increase to $1.36 billion by 2018, with…

Siemens Expands Program for Manufacturing Startups

It’s a term you don’t hear much these days—manufacturing startup. Siemens has announced the expansion of the startup Frontier Partner program run by Siemens Technology to Business (TTB) and Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software organization. The Frontier Partner program, focused on the Silicon Valley region, is designed to find, fund, and forge the “breakthrough…

CTIA: Spectrum Generates $400B Per Year in the U.S.

Every so often the licensing of spectrum — the radio frequencies that carry  wireless communications — becomes a battle between the “haves” and “have nots.” As  the report “Mobile Broadband Spectrum: A Vital Resource for the American Economy” notes, spectrum is a finite resource that is in high demand in the mobile industry. Spectrum licensed to U.S.…