Getting Medical Devices Onto the LAN

Many medical devices are restricted to RS-232 communication, and will remain so for some time to come. That doesn't preclude them from being networked. Some newer medical devices have Ethernet ports that provide communication through either fixed or dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) settings. Therefore, they can be attached to an enterprise LAN. Ethernet communications…

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There’s Death in Those Counterfeits

Counterfeits and counterfeiters can kill and may already be responsible for the loss of countless human lives worldwide. So far, though, the human toll of the damaging impact of counterfeiting has been lost in the din of words over how fake products are hurting the electronics industry supply chain and damaging the reputation of companies…

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What RoHS 2 Means for Buyers and the Channel

Now that the EU’s Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) has been around awhile, manufacturers have a pretty good idea what’s necessary to comply with the directive. Now RoHS 2 is on the horizon, and the role channel partners play in environmental compliance efforts will be expanded. “What [RoHS 2] does is expand the requirement for…

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STMicro Gets Cisco CSR Award

STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications,  has received the 2013 Excellence in Sustainability Award from Cisco. This prestigious award recognizes ST for demonstrating transparency and accountability for the environmental and social impacts of their operations, and partnering with Cisco on projects and solutions, as well as demonstrated leadership…

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SMTC Bags SpiderCloud Business

SMTC Corp. said it has signed an agreement to provide contract manufacturing services to communications equipment vendor SpiderCloud Wireless in North America, helping to boost sales at the EMS provider. The sales potential and volume shipment of the transaction was not disclosed and privately-owned SpiderCloud does not disclose its revenue numbers. Aside from the additional…

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Xilinx & OIF Show 100G Connectivity at ECOC

In another era, fiber interfaces demonstrated by FPGA vendors at the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) were a big deal. In the late 1990s, the appropriate physical-layer fiber for 10G Ethernet and Sonet was considered critical, and shows like ECOC and Optical Fibers in Communications (OFC) were must-attend affairs. Then the optical and Internet…

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Military, Aviation Markets More Vulnerable to Counterfeiting

The global aviation and military markets have become even more vulnerable to counterfeiting challenges today as companies channel higher portions of their product development resources to the consumer electronics segment, leaving lower volume sectors to utilize unsafe channels for filling urgent and difficult component procurement needs, industry sources said. The dangers from fake or substandard…

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