Choosing Transistors

In 1964, when I started working in the electronics industry, a single silicon transistor cost over £1 ($2.80 at the time, or about $22 at 2014 prices). These cheap ones were not very good and higher performance ones cost a lot more. Choosing the right device was important for reasons of both performance and cost.…

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IP&E: Awaiting Stronger Distribution & End-Market Orders

Manufacturers of passive products anticipating strong sales growth in 2014 are pinning their hopes on improvements in key end-markets, including automotive, consumer electronics, telecommunications and even the defense sector but they say tepid distribution orders and low inventory levels indicate channel partners remain wary about the strength of the ongoing market recovery. Many of the…

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RS Components Signs Global Deal With FCT

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has signed a global distribution agreement with FCT, a Molex company*, to supply the company’s popular range of D-Sub interconnect products worldwide. This formal agreement cements the excellent relationship that has existed between…

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UMC Releases Q1 Earnings

First Quarter 2014 Overview: Revenue: NT$31.69 billion (US$1.04 billion) Gross margin: 18.6%; operating margin: 3.0% Foundry capacity utilization rate: 81% Net income attributable to the stockholders of the parent: NT$1.18 billion (US$38.7 million) Earnings per share: NT$0.09; earnings per ADS: US$0.015 United Microelectronics Corporation (NYSE: UMC; TWSE: 2303) (“UMC” or “The Company”), a leading global…

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