Flexible Displays Almost Ready For Prime Time

The advent of display technology that adheres ink-like particles to a substrate such as plastic has set the stage for flexible electronics. Organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology is currently the leading choice, but proponents believe other opportunities abound in this developing market. Flexible electronics is at the tipping point of widespread market appeal and will increasingly…

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Belden Bids for Grass Valley; Grows Revenue

Belden Inc. (NYSE: BDC), http://investor.belden.com a global leader in high quality, end-to-end signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, today reported fiscal fourth quarter and full year 2013 results for the period ended December 31, 2013. On its regularly scheduled earnings conference call, Belden will also discuss its offer to acquire privately held Grass Valley, a…

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Toshiba Shipping Low-Power ICs

Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) today announced the launch of “TB9021FNG”, a low stand-by current regulator for application in automotive systems with a five-volt microcontroller. Sample shipments will start on February 20, with mass production scheduled to start in July 2014. Reduction of system power consumption becomes increasingly important as the number of electronic components in cars…

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Qualcomm LTE IC Makes (Auto-) Grade, But Only in Module

As car OEMs eagerly put together in-vehicle infotainment and telematics systems based on predominantly consumer technologies, the unanswered, and often unasked, question is: Are these consumer chips automotive-qualified? EE Times learned during the International CES in Las Vegas earlier this month that Qualcomm's LTE chips, now making deep inroads as the in-car modem, aren't pre-qualified…

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Ametek Promotes Greg Nelson

AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE:AME) today announced that the Board of Directors has elected Gregory J. Nelson as Vice President and General Manager, Electronic Components and Packaging within AMETEK’s Engineered Material, Interconnects and Packaging Division (EMIP). Mr. Nelson had previously served as Vice President and Business Unit Manager for the Precision and Engineered Materials business unit of…

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Avnet to Distribute SMARTRAC’s RFID Products

 Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), has entered a distribution agreement with SMARTRAC N.V., a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of radio-frequency identification (RFID) and near field communications (NFC) transponders, tags and inlays. The distribution agreement focuses on NFC and ultra-high frequency (UHF) products – market segments with particularly…

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Xilinx-Flextronics: Just the Facts

When news of Xilinx’s suit against Flextronics first broke, the details alleged fraudulent transactions among Xilinx, Flex and two end-customers. The distribution industry, a key player in the global supply chain, wasn’t mentioned in the press release. In the weeks since, EPS readers have provided a lot of feedback, criticism and opinions and the trade…

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