Make Partner Incentive Programs Pay

Communications and high-tech companies rely heavily on incentives, promotions, rebates, and other pricing mechanisms to shape demand, drive channel partner loyalty, and gain market share. Creating these plans is fairly easy. However, measuring and interpreting incentive performance is a whole different ballgame. Few companies own all of the tools or examine all the metrics necessary…

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Arrow to Distribute ShiraTech SOMs

Arrow Electronics Inc. has entered into a North America distribution agreement with ShiraTech, a provider of ARM-based system-on-modules (SoMs) that are complete embedded computers built on a single board. In conjunction with ShiraTech, Arrow developed the AT-501 SoM, utilizing an Atmel SAMA5D3 ARM CortexTM-A5-based Microprocessor. This combines high performance and low power consumption, with a…

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SIA Lauds Helium Supply Law

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today commended members of the U.S. Senate for approving bipartisan legislation to secure the supply of helium, a gas that is essential for semiconductor manufacturing and other types of advanced manufacturing, as well as scientific research. The Senate today passed the Senate…

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What will it Cost to Clean up China in 2050?

It’s 2050 and a new generation of Chinese leaders are tackling the country’s terrible pollution problems. Major cities are cloaked in a heavy unbreathable haze, citizens are gagging on the streets, rivers and ground water have heavy contamination of PCB and other hazardous pollutants and surging health care costs are chewing up personal and national…

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Unraveling Component Truth From Datasheets

When sourcing electronic components, understanding the exact specifications and parameters of the part is critical — and sometimes difficult. There are a few well-known ways that electronic component manufacturers use to define technical parameters: Parameters with minimum and maximum values. This is the best data possible. By specifying the entire range, the manufacturer of the…

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Commoditization & Consolidation: Scourge of IP&E Market

There are numerous challenges ahead for interconnects, passives and electromechanical (IPE) components manufacturers, component distributors and equipment makers. Commoditization – the rapid erosion of pricing and profit margins – isn’t a problem for just suppliers. It poses a challenge for distributors and, in the longer run, OEMs too; what they gain in lower pricing for…

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