Building a Business Case for Innovation

Greg Frazier, senior vice president of business development and innovation at Avnet Inc., has been in the supply chain trenches across the Avnet organization since 1977. For the past six years, however, his focus has been on identifying and cultivating opportunities for greater process innovation within Avnet's global business. Since then, Frazier has made a…

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SMIC Releases Q1 Results

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981) (“SMIC” or the “Company”), one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world, today announced its consolidated results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2014. First Quarter 2014 Highlights Revenue was $451.1 million in 1Q14, a decrease of 8.3% quarter over quarter. Non-GAAP revenue…

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Exar to Acquire iML

Exar Corporation (NYSE:EXAR), a leading provider of analog mixed-signal, video and data management solutions, through a wholly owned subsidiary, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Integrated Memory Logic Limited (iML TW:3638), a leading provider of analog mixed-signal solutions for the flat panel display market. The iML acquisition supports Exar’s strategy of building a large…

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The Tricky Game of Risk Management

Remember the Japanese earthquake and tsunami that crippled the electronics supply chain? Or the floods that swept through Thailand and hit the disk drive industry? Or how Hurricane Sandy brought much of the US East Coast to a standstill? The list of natural and man-made disasters goes on and on. Each time there's a disruption,…

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Ruling Adds No Clarity To Conflict Minerals Law

One of the lesser-known facts about the Dodd-Frank Act (also known as the “conflict minerals” rule) is that the provision has been challenged in court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit recently issued its ruling on a challenge by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) regarding the SEC’s conflict minerals rule, according to…

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