Semiconductor Industry Posts Record January Sales

Washington — The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $28.5 billion for the month of January 2015, the industry’s highest-ever January total and an increase of 8.7 percent from January 2014 when sales were $26.3 billion. Global sales from January 2015 were 2 percent lower than the December 2014 total of $29.1…

AVX Offers High Temp Solutions Catalog

Greenville, S.C. – AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has introduced its first applications-based catalog, the new High Temperature Solutions catalog, which provides engineers with detailed information about the various passive component solutions that AVX specifically designs, manufactures, and qualifies for exceptional performance in high temperature applications up to 250°C, including…

Pulse Electronics to Be Acquired by Affiliates of Oaktree Capital Mgmt.

Pulse Electronics Corporation (OTC Pink: PULS) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with certain affiliates of investment funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (such affiliates, “Oaktree”), under which Oaktree will invest a total of $17.0 million in Pulse and subsequently acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of Pulse. Pulse shareholders…

MediaTek to Invest $300M in Startups

Barcelona, Spain — MediaTek, today announced the launch of MediaTek Ventures – a new strategic investment arm within the company. Headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan, MediaTek Ventures will initially invest in startups in Greater China, Europe, Japan and North America, with a US$300m reserve. MediaTek Ventures will actively invest into innovative startups in semiconductor-system-and devices, Internet infrastructure, services and IoT, with the goal of…

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.…

Aricent Creates IoT Engineering Portfolio

Barcelona, Spain – Aricent today launched a dedicated “IoT Engineering Services” portfolio to help the world’s top innovators accelerate development of software, hardware and network products for the Internet of Things. Aricent’s expanded IoT services take full advantage of the firm’s in-depth expertise in software and connectivity to help clients improve the speed, quality and…

ISM: PMI Declined Slightly in Feb.

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the 26th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 69th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®. The report was issued today by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute for Supply Management®(ISM®)Manufacturing…

CUI Acquires Tectrol

Tualatin, Ore. – March 2, 2015 – CUI Inc and its parent company CUI Global, Inc. (NASDAQ:CUI), announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which CUI will acquire specific assets of the privately held Canadian equipment manufacturer Tectrol, Inc, a leading designer and manufacturer of standard and custom power solutions. Tectrol is a…

NXP, Freescale Announce $40 Billion Merger

Enhances NXP’s strategy to lead in the “Secure Connections for a Smarter World” Establishes #1 Automotive Semiconductor Supplier Establishes #1 General-purpose MCU Supplier Clear path to $500 million in annual cost synergies Combination is accretive to non-GAAP EPS in first full year Eindhoven, The Netherlands and Austin, Texas, March 2, 2015 (CET) – NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI)…

Element14 Expands Passives Roster

Element14 has expanded its portfolio of high-power passives from leading global suppliers TE Connectivity, Vishay, Panasonic, Kemet and Bourns. These have been added to its range of over 160,000 passives; comprising capacitors, resistors and inductors, which include AEC-Q200 qualified components for harsh circuit conditions. High-power passives components with its long lifetime capabilities and high reliability…