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Memory Prices Tighten but is it Sustainable?

Memory semiconductor vendors have engineered the seemingly impossible. Prices are rising, inventories are tighter, there’s even talk of shortages in certain product areas due to a fire that halted production at a major facility and overall, the fundamentals of the memory market are seen as much better today than they have been in years. How…

Gartner IDs 10 Key Tech Trends for 2014

With every new technology comes the opportunity for supply chain partners to tap into new customers or markets. Market research firm Gartner has identified the top 10 technology trends it deems strategic for most organizations during 2014. Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the…

There’s Death in Those Counterfeits

Counterfeits and counterfeiters can kill and may already be responsible for the loss of countless human lives worldwide. So far, though, the human toll of the damaging impact of counterfeiting has been lost in the din of words over how fake products are hurting the electronics industry supply chain and damaging the reputation of companies…

SMTC Bags SpiderCloud Business

SMTC Corp. said it has signed an agreement to provide contract manufacturing services to communications equipment vendor SpiderCloud Wireless in North America, helping to boost sales at the EMS provider. The sales potential and volume shipment of the transaction was not disclosed and privately-owned SpiderCloud does not disclose its revenue numbers. Aside from the additional…

Military, Aviation Markets More Vulnerable to Counterfeiting

The global aviation and military markets have become even more vulnerable to counterfeiting challenges today as companies channel higher portions of their product development resources to the consumer electronics segment, leaving lower volume sectors to utilize unsafe channels for filling urgent and difficult component procurement needs, industry sources said. The dangers from fake or substandard…

Benchmark Acquires EMS Division of CTS

Benchmark Electronics Inc. said it has bought the electronics manufacturing services unit of CTS Corp., paying approximately $75 million for the division. The business services the industrial, aerospace & defense, medical and communications market, according to a statement issued by Benchmark and CTS. Like many other medium-size contract manufacturers Benchmark has been deepening its offerings…

What happened to ‘Real Men Own Fabs’?

Jerry Sanders III, the oft-quoted, hard-fighting, co-founder and former CEO and chairman of Advanced Micro Devices Inc., who made the chest-thumping statement from which I took the headline for this blog, was right about many things in his long career in the semiconductor market. He was also wrong about a few things. Taking on Intel…

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Delph: Avnet aims to be even Bigger in IP&E

Avnet Inc. prides itself on being a broadline distributor that’s able to supply all the components needed by its thousands of customers globally. That hasn’t stopped the company from trying in recent years to stamp its imprint on the interconnects, passives and electromechanical (IP&E) market, a segment where it has an understated position despite being…