COTS a Mixed Bag for Defense Spending

The U.S. Department of Defense funding is likely to be one of the ongoing casualties of the government’s budget restraints. Uncertainty around government spending has many program managers pulling back on important battlefield management systems (BMS), according to research firm and consultancy Frost & Sullivan. As defense budgets tighten, research and development (R&D) on BMS…

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Arrow Hits All Targets, Aims Even Higher

Arrow Electronics Inc. in the fourth quarter hit all of its business objectives, closing the year with sales and profits well ahead of analysts’ average estimates and promising continuing expansion in the two operating divisions as demand across all regions continued to improve. With most of its major reorganization activities behind it, the company is…

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Microchip Acquires Supertex

Microchip Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCHP) www.microchip.com,  a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, and Supertex Incorporated (NASDAQ: SUPX) today announced that Microchip has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Supertex for $33 per share in cash, which represents a total equity value of about $394 million, and a total enterprise value of about…

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RFMW Supporting Skyworks

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for Skyworks SKY13446-374LF, a high isolation SPDT switch covering 0.1 to 6.0GHz. Targeted at WLAN applications in the 2.4 – 2.5GHz and 4.9-5.9GHz bands, the SKY13446-374LF offers 38 and 30dB typical isolation respectively. Low insertion loss improves transmit signal efficiency. Excellent EVM performance is attributed to linearity of…

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Power-One Goes Global With WPG

Power-One, a designer and manufacturer of the world’s most advanced power conversion technologies and WPG Americas Inc. (WPGA), a subsidiary of WPG Holdings, Asia’s No. 1 electronics distributor, announced WPGA will handle sales, support and logistics services for Power-One’s complete line of power products and advanced power conversion solutions globally, effective January 24, 2014. “We…

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Component Prices And Leadtimes Inching Up

Lead time and pricing trends have showed a little upside activity since the beginning of the year,  according to Avnet Electronics Marketing’s Market & Technology Trends report for the month of February. Although the movement isn’t dramatic, buyers should take note of several of the component trends flagged by the global distributor. In analog, lead times continue…

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Here’s to a Better Year, CEOs Hope

CEO confidence about the global economy is on the upswing, but the corporate bosses are also concerned about growth potential, attracting talent, and dealing with international regulations, according to the latest PricewaterhouseCoopers' Global CEO Survey. These track closely with the biggest concerns of today's supply chain professionals. The annual report, released at the recent World…

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