Samsung Tops Buyers of MEMS Combo Sensors

El Segundo, Calif. — Samsung is the largest buyer of MEMS combo sensors, spending $183 million or 41 percent of the total combo sensor market in 2013, according to new analysis from IHS Technology. Purchases included 6-axis inertial measurement units (IMUs) from STMicroelectronics, InvenSense, and Bosch  for the Galaxy S4 smartphone, Galaxy Note 3 smartphone,…

Renesas Tops Automotive IC Ranking

London, England — Renesas Electronics was the top vendor of semiconductors to the original equipment (OE) automotive sector in 2013, according to Semicast Research. Rounding out the top five are Infineon Technologies, STMicroelectronics, Freescale, and NXP. Revenue for the OE automotive semiconductor market is estimated at $27.1 billion in 2013, according to the market research…

Smith & Associates: Independent but Quality Obsessed

Many high-tech companies — and rock bands — are famous for being started in garages.  The $586 million distributor N.F. Smith & Associates had a similar beginning, except it was out of a living room. “Whenever I think about our start-up today, I remember for an eight-year period we had huge challenges: we were undercapitalized,…

Honeywell Wants to be Your Value-Added Provider

In a move to grow sales and give customers a competitive edge, Honeywell Sensing and Control is taking a big step into the world of value-added assembly services for medical and industrial markets. Since Honeywell already possesses the sensor expertise along with proven sensing technologies for these markets, it made sense that the global components…

PEI-Genesis Evolves While Maintaining its Niche

Philadelphia-based PEI-Genesis  has a highly-focused business model that the company is taking global.  The specialty distributor provides custom connector and related assemblies with a two-day turnaround. After venturing into the EU in 2001, PEI-Genesis has set its sights on the Asia-Pacific region. (See: It’s Never Too Late For China and PEI-Genesis Prepares for Expansion Into…

PEI-Genesis Prepares for Expansion Into China

The electronics industry’s expansion into China is far from complete. Companies that did not join the mass migration to the low -cost region in its initial phases have kept a close eye on the market. One of those companies is highly-specialized distributor PEI-Genesis Inc., which has decided it’s time to look at China from the…