Manufacturing Rebounds From Winter & Budget Woes

There are still plenty of reasons to be concerned about policies in Washington D.C., but budget fears seem to be abating among manufacturers. In its monthly report on the domestic manufacturing industry, the Institute for Supply Management found in two major sectors – computer and electronic products and transportation equipment – government spending is loosening…

IP&E: Awaiting Stronger Distribution & End-Market Orders

Manufacturers of passive products anticipating strong sales growth in 2014 are pinning their hopes on improvements in key end-markets, including automotive, consumer electronics, telecommunications and even the defense sector but they say tepid distribution orders and low inventory levels indicate channel partners remain wary about the strength of the ongoing market recovery. Many of the…

IBM Launches First Servers with POWER8 Processor

Armonk, N.Y. – IBM (IBM: NYSE) has unveiled its Power Systems servers, built on an open server platform and POWER8 microprocessor, that allow data centers to manage extremely high data requirements, analyzing data 50 times faster than the latest x86-based systems. Described as a move that contrasts other chip and server manufacturers’ proprietary business models,…

Fox Upgrades XpressO-ULTRA Oscillators

Fort Myers, Fla. – Fox Electronics now offers an LVDS version, in addition to the recently released LVPECL version of its next generation ultra-precision-oscillator technology, XpressO-ULTRA.  Designed to meet today’s bandwidth requirements, the XpressO-ULTRA is said to provide exceptionally clean and stable clocking to ensure better performance and lower bit rate errors. The ultra-precision oscillators, which…

Vishay Precision Resistors Meet Military Qualification

Malvern, Pa. — Vishay Precision Group, Inc. announced that its Vishay Foil Resistors brand (VFR) offers a series of military-qualified, ultra-high-precision Z1-Foil wrap-around chip resistors. Tested per EEE-INST-002 (Tables 2A and 3A, Film/Foil, Level 1) and MIL-PRF-55342, devices in the 303261 – 303266 series provide load-life stability of ±0.0025% typical after rated power at 70°C for 2,000 hours,…

Industrial Electronics Chip Market Set to Grow 11%

El Segundo, Calif. — The industrial electronics chip market rebounded in 2013 with revenue growth of nine percent, reaching $32.8 billion, after falling five percent in 2012, according to a report from IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS). These chips are used in a variety of applications, including medical electronics, factory automation, energy distribution and generation, building and home control,…

Methode Rides High on Automotive

Methode Electronics Inc. is bracing for the usual turbulence and poor visibility in several of its market segments but the components vendor appears well buffered by new design wins at major customers, improving manufacturing efficiencies and prospects for higher sales into the automotive markets. With quarterly sales surging the supplier of interconnects, power and other…

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…

Murata Capacitor Targets Auto Apps

Smyrna, Ga. – Murata Americas has launched its RCE Series, a monolithic ceramic capacitor (MLCC) line developed to meet the requirements of the automotive market. The radial, lead- and halogen-free capacitor series complies with both the AEC-Q200 requirement and the ISO7636-2 surge test. Measuring 3.6 x 3.5-7.7 x 13 mm, the series provides a rated voltage of DC25V – 1kV,…

Coilcraft CPS Unveils Extreme Temperature Inductor

Cary, Ill. — Coilcraft CPS (Critical Products & Services) has introduced the AT549RBT cored-spring inductor that features a temperature rating of -55°C to +300°C,  targeting extreme-temperature applications such as down-hole drilling and on-engine automotive. The AT549RBT offers an inductance value of 1.0 µH, a maximum current rating of 1.0 Amp and DC resistance of 15.0…