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Apple Tightens Grip on Electronics Supply Chain

Apple Inc. is aptly named. The iPhone maker is golden on Wall Street, venerated by fans and irresistible to enterprise partners, making it the most tempting and most sought after customer in the global electronics supply chain. Conversely, Apple can morph into a living nightmare for rivals, suppliers and contractors who defy it as some…

U.S. Manufacturing Slides For Third Straight Month

The nation’s leading production index fell for the third consecutive month in September, reflecting ongoing uncertainty across manufacturing industries about the global economy. The Institute for Supply Management’s PMI declined to 50.2 percent in September, its lowest point since December of 2012. The PMI is hovering just above the point of contraction: a reading above…

The Power and Reach of Distribution

Component distributors are the closest thing the electronics industry has to Superman. That’s backed up by too many facts to be considered flattery. They do all the traditional things their group nomenclature – distributors – connotes but also much more. In fact, the largest distributors perform so many varied services for their customers (OEMs, EMS…

Dialog Buys Atmel to Cut Dependence on Apple

Dialog Semiconductor PLC said it will pay approximately $4.6 billion for Atmel Corp. to further deepen relationship with the world’s leading mobile phone manufacturers and simultaneously diversify its revenue base to attract new customers in the fast-growing market for connected devices, or Internet of Things, (IoT), and the automotive industry. The combination of the two…

Conflict Minerals Rule: An Exercise in Futility?

Electronic and paper documentations showing efforts by OEMs and component vendors to comply with the Conflict Minerals Rule are piling up at high-tech companies worldwide even as a courtroom battle rages over the legality of the legislation, according to interview sources. Although a Federal Court has ruled that a portion of the law violates manufacturers’…