High-Tech M&A: No Price Too High, No Firm Too Big

The consolidation of the semiconductor sector has moved into a new phase involving mega transactions that may trigger similarly large acquisitions in other segments of the electronics market and further the redrawing of the industry supply chain as OEMs, contract manufacturers and component distributors re-align with the new power centers. IC market consolidators had been…

6 Meaningful Ways Businesses Can Support Veterans (Part 1)

By Steven Weintraub, Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve) (First of two parts) Most Americans feel truly grateful to our nation’s veterans and military personnel and take many opportunities available to express that gratitude. But what does one do to specifically show appreciation for those families of service members, veterans, and all currently serving military to…

Why Analysts Are Skeptical About Component Demand

You can’t really blame financial analysts for their skepticism on current component demand. The last time the electronics supply chain took orders at face value the industry was left with $13 billion in semiconductor excess alone. Everyone from component manufacturers through OEMs had to write down or write off millions of dollars’ worth of inventory. At…

China RoHS 2 Update

This summer, at the end of July, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) proposed a draft “catalog” of “Electrical and Electronic Products” (EEPs) that would be subject to substance restrictions under the current “China RoHS 2” regulation (AKA Management Methods for the Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic…