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Apple Dictates MEMS Microphone Market

El Segundo, Calif. — Revolving around the needs of Apple Inc., the global market for microelectromechanical system (MEMS) microphone chips is split into two segments – bare dies and packaged MEMS – that are dominated by two suppliers Knowles Corp. and Infineon Technologies AG, reports IHS Technology. U.S.-based Knowles was the biggest supplier of packaged MEMS…

Digi-Key Shuttle Takes Prototype to Production

Mark Larson’s annual presentation at the Electronics Distribution Show in Las Vegas has always been a standing-room only event because the Digi-Key Corp. top executive is reputed for always delivering critical and blunt but highly valuable assessments of current industry conditions. This year was no different. Larson highlighted the dramatic changes that have taken place…

IP&E Marketplace Takes Off

BBG Enterprises Inc., publisher of Electronics Purchasing Strategies, has announced the launch of a new dedicated site catering to manufacturers, distributors and buyers of interconnect, passive and electromechanical components. The IP&E Marketplace is focused on servicing the multi-billion dollar IP&E market with the traditional fare of news, research and data complemented with opportunities for suppliers…

Digi-Key Touts ‘Unwavering Commitment’ to Design Engineers

Design engineers love Digi-Key Corp. Study after study by industry consultants have consistently affirmed it as the component distributor many engineers often turn to first for prototype purchases. It’s a relationship nurtured over Digi-Key’s more-than-40 -year existence and nothing on the horizon will change this “unwavering commitment and dedication to engineers,” according to senior executives…

China OEMs Buying More Through Distribution

Manufacturers in China are expected to spend, on average, $34 million on components in 2014, according to a new report by Global Sources and eMedia Asia. That figure represents an increase of 26 percent over 2013 purchases, and more of that spend is going through the distribution channel. By all accounts, the use of the channel…

VCC: A One-Stop Shop for Indicators

Thanks to two major acquisitions in the past two years, Visual Communications Company, LCC (VCC) is now positioned as one of the broadest product line manufacturers of indicators, expanding its product portfolio beyond LED technologies to include neon and incandescent lamps. The company acquired the indication and illumination product lines from Chicago Miniature Lighting and…

Will ‘Maniacal’ Cost-Cutting Save Hewlett-Packard?

Meg Whitman says Hewlett-Packard Co. must be “maniacally focused” to win in a changing market that is “creating both opportunities and challenges for HP and every one of our competitors.” Her choice of word is unfortunate but emblematic of what many corporate executives have adopted as the right strategy for making their businesses competitive. Whitman,…