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Freescale & NXP to Merge

Mega-mergers are nothing new to the electronics industry.  Not too long ago, the acquisition of National Semiconductor Corp. by Texas Instruments created a semiconductor juggernaut. Today,  NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) and Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd. announced they would merge to form a $40 billion entity. The merger creates a high performance mixed signal semiconductor industry leader.…

Electrocomponents Names Future’s Ruth New Group CEO

Electrocomponents PLC has tapped Lindsley Ruth as its new group chief executive effective April 1. The Future Electronics Inc. veteran is expected to spearhead the continuing transformation of the British components distributor at a moment the industry is undergoing dramatic changes with competition intensifying from Asian rivals as well as smaller distributors in Europe. As…

U.S. Manufacturing Facing a Worker Shortage

Opponents of offshore manufacturing and immigration reform point to U.S. job losses as the main effect of these actions. Yet two studies released this week conclude the U.S. manufacturing industry is facing a drastic shortage of talent. The U.S. will require nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs over the next decade, and 2 million of those jobs are…

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…

Massive $20B Components Waste Haunts Supply Chain

The electronics industry urgently needs an energetic components exchange program to help address an inventory imbalance that is distorting the supply chain and resulting in the wastage of parts valued in excess of $20 billion annually, says a top industry executive. While some companies are implementing programs for helping customers individually address the problem it…

TI Anchors Analog Goal on 300mm Fab

Texas Instruments Inc. advanced towards its analog sales goal in 2014 with revenue and profits rising in key markets as the company intensified a decade-long plan to transform its operations away from price-sensitive commodity wireless components in favor of higher-margin proprietary products. Once a major player in the wireless communications IC market, Dallas-based TI has…

Top 20 Electronics Supply Chain Myths

Electronics manufacturers are used to harsh cyclical downturns often caused by their reliance on unverified assumptions about industry fundamentals. Even the biggest chipmakers, OEMs and other leading supply chain players have fallen victims to these myths, many of which sound quite believable and continue to be propagated by some top industry executives. Bursting any of…