Connected Devices to Surpass 6 Billion Units

El Segundo, Calif. — The global market for connected, or Internet-enabled devices is expected to surpass 6 billion units in 2014, as new products including cell phones, tablets and computers enter the market, according to a new report from IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS). The global projection calls for 6.18 billion units to be produced in…

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,…

IPC: PCB Sales Declined 1.9% in 2013

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the December findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. PCB sales in 2013 ended the year at -1.9 percent compared to 2012. The book-to-bill ratio in December improved slightly, but remains below parity at 0.92. Slow Growth Continues Total North American PCB shipments…