Hirose & Sager Enter Distribution Agreement

SIMI VALLEY, Calif — Hirose Electric, a leader in the development of connector solutions, has signed a North American distribution agreement with Sager Electronics to expand its product availability and customer support. The new agreement authorizes Sager to distribute Hirose’s full product portfolio to its customers across North America. Hirose’s broad interconnect offering includes advanced…

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Altera Joins China Mobile R&D Program

Altera Corporation (Nasdaq: ALTR) today announced its collaboration with China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) to research and develop next-generation wireless networks based on the Centralized Radio Access Network (C-RAN) architecture. Altera FPGAs and intellectual property (IP) provide CMRI’s wireless system solutions with a development platform and technical support that are being used to verify future…

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Processors in Cars to Value $1.6 Billion

 ABI Research forecasts that the revenues from main processors shipped in OEM-installed connected car telematics systems will increase from around $360 million at the end of 2012 to $1.6 billion globally by the end of 2020. Developments in the smartphone world are revolutionizing consumers’ in-car expectations and creating growth opportunities for silicon providers offering automotive…

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IPC: PCB Growth Stalls

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the August findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program, which included a revised 2013 forecast of nearly flat sales growth for 2013. Sales and order growth both stalled in August after signs of upward momentum in recent months. Sales and Orders Remain Slow…

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Benchmark Acquires EMS Division of CTS

Benchmark Electronics Inc. said it has bought the electronics manufacturing services unit of CTS Corp., paying approximately $75 million for the division. The business services the industrial, aerospace & defense, medical and communications market, according to a statement issued by Benchmark and CTS. Like many other medium-size contract manufacturers Benchmark has been deepening its offerings…

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Resetting the Innovation Button

Talk to Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and the idea of “fail fast, fail early, and fail often” will likely come up within the first five minutes of conversation. In some circles, you're not considered successful until you have several failures under your belt. The same philosophy has merit for any startup company trying to make its…

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Semiconductor Sales Up in August

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $25.87 billion for the month of August 2013, an increase of 6.4 percent compared to August 2012, marking the industry’s largest year-over-year growth since March 2011. Sales in the Americas increased by 23.3 percent…

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