Top 7 ‘Crimes’ Committed Often by Purchasing

I was speaking with my Purchasing Manager last week; Patrick is a very capable and effective purchasing professional who has become addicted to Lytica’s fast track cost reduction methods. We discussed surprising things that we have seen in procurement which we label as “crimes” because they rob shareholders of value. In no particular order, I’d…

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ChipMOS Sales, Income up for 2013

ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES (Bermuda) LTD. (“ChipMOS” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: IMOS), an industry leading provider of outsourced semiconductor assembly and test services (“OSAT”), today reported unaudited consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2013. All U.S. dollar figures in this release are based on the exchange rate of NT$29.83 against…

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Riding the AGV Trend

Give your lift truck a break. A new generation of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) is taking over distribution centers nationwide. These AGVs are nothing like those that the distribution industry previously rejected as too costly, too cumbersome, too complicated, and with a painfully long return on investment (ROI). The AGVs of today are different, in…

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Marvell to Launch IoT Maker Kit

The semiconductor supplier Marvell in Santa Clara, Calif., rolled out its Kinoma Create JavaScript-powered Internet of Things construction kit Monday, March 10. Marvell said that the software/hardware combined tool kit is designed for “software developers, makers, and designers” to easily start creating connected consumer electronics and their companion apps. The brain behind Kinoma Create is…

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TI Unveils New Webench Feature

Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) today unveiled WEBENCH® Schematic Editor, a new editing and simulation feature that enables engineers to customize power management designs and simulate the circuit created within the WEBENCH environment.  For more information or to start a design, visit www.ti.com/webencheditor-pr. WEBENCH Schematic Editor will be demonstrated in TI’s booth #805 at the…

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Digi International Goes Global With Arrow

Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) and Arrow Electronics Inc. today announced they have signed a global distribution agreement expanding their existing successful North American distribution alliance. “This extension to our relationship supports Arrow’s strategy to offer the very best products and services to its global customer base,” explains David West, vice president, semiconductor marketing, Arrow. “Digi…

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China CE Market Declined in 2013

China’s consumer electronics market declined in 2013 as demand for products like televisions and digital still cameras decelerated, compelling the country’s manufacturers to devise new strategies for growth, according to a new report from IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS). Combined unit shipments for the chief products comprising the overall Chinese consumer electronics industry fell last year…

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Renesas Tops Automotive IC Ranking

London, England — Renesas Electronics was the top vendor of semiconductors to the original equipment (OE) automotive sector in 2013, according to Semicast Research. Rounding out the top five are Infineon Technologies, STMicroelectronics, Freescale, and NXP. Revenue for the OE automotive semiconductor market is estimated at $27.1 billion in 2013, according to the market research…

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