Integra Purchases Chip Test Company ASI

Integra Technologies, a world leader in integrated circuit test and related services, announced today that it has acquired Analytical Solutions Incorporated (ASI). Analytical Solutions provides product evaluation services through Destructive Physical Analysis, Construction Analysis, Failure Analysis, Non-Destructive Testing and Counterfeit Device Investigation of semiconductor devices. These services will complement the extensive electrical test and related…

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The Lure and Deception of Pricing Secrecy

Pricing secrecy is rampant in the electronics industry, governed by a strict regimen where suppliers are forbidden to disclose how much particular customers paid for their products and OEM and EMS provider procurement and purchasing experts consider pricing a “competitive weapon.” We are all living a lie. Let’s take one recent example from a large…

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Is It Time to Invest in Your Supply Chain?

I spent a few days recently at a conference listening to how some world-class companies are investing and improving their supply chain visibility and analytics. It's not only limited to hi-tech products, but also across-the-board from beauty products to grocery stores. Projects in this area kicked off more than a year ago when the economic…

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RS Components Adds TI’s ARM ICs

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has announced the addition of Texas Instruments’ Sitara™ range of ARM™ Cortex™-A8 based devices to its extensive portfolio of leading-edge microcontrollers. Bridging the gap between high-end MCUs and mid-range ARM-processor-based devices, the TI range…

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End Markets Change the Supply Chain: LEDs

The electronic components supply chain is not one vast integrated entity. Rapid changes in end user demand, as well as vertical market needs such as technology changes, product lifecycles, and government regulations, often trigger new requirements for the production, packaging, procurement, and fulfillment of components. This diversity sometimes makes procuring components from only one trusted…

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Altera & Micron Help Propel HMC, but Will 3D Packaging Limit Interest?

Altera Corp and Micron Technology Inc. demonstrated a big step forward for Hybrid Memory Cube, by showing a Stratix V interface to the promising 3D technology. How might packaging limit HMC's popularity compared to special-purpose nonvolatiles like ferroelectric or magnetoresistive RAM? In early August, the growing importance of memory and system-bus interfaces on next-generation FPGAs…

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What? DARPA Does Open-Source?

How a machine recognizes a man from a tree seems like a pretty mundane, theoretical question. How a machine differentiates an enemy combatant from a friend or any other object on the battlefield, however, is definitely the sort of question the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) should be asking. Similarly, making sure a car…

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