IPC: PCB Sales Trending Upward

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the July findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Sales and order growth both continued trending upward. Sales and Orders Improving Total North American PCB shipments decreased 1.5 percent in July 2013 from July 2012, and bookings increased 10.2 percent year over year.…

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Essential Design Tips for Purchasing Pros

One of the most effective means of communication is by means of an illustration. If that illustration contains dimensional data and design characteristics that predict what a future product may look like, then the illustration can be referred to as a concept drawing. A concept drawing does not contain critical parametric or component values because…

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Update 2: Plant Fire at SK Hynix May Impact Supply, Pricing

In an email statement on Sept. 12, Hynix reiterates that the line not effected by the fire at the Wuxi fab resumed operations on Sept. 7. The memory maker also noted that the line impacted by the fire is still undergoing a safety inspection with plans to “complete inspections and full restoration of the air ventilation system and facilities in order to resume production in October.” Hynix further noted that it “will make every effort to ramp up operations in stages in order to fully recover normalized production level in November.

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OEMs Between a Rack & a Hard Place

Look around at any large datacenter, and you're likely to see hundreds, even thousands of X86-based servers from big-name OEMs, including Hewlett-Packard and Dell. In fact, with the PC market falling apart, these OEMs, as well as Intel itself, are looking to the server market as a rare bright spot. They shouldn't count on it.…

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Nokia & Microsoft: A New Chapter

Microsoft purchased Nokia's mobile phone business for 5.5 billion euros (US $7.2 billion), ending a chapter of uncertainty and expectation in Nokia's 148 years of uninterrupted trajectory of innovation, reinvention, and change. Strong supply chain history A quick look through Nokia's history since 1865 shows 148 years of innovation and change. As the company closes…

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Mouser Adds Customer Support Center in Malaysia

Mouser Electronics, Inc., a leading engineering resource and a global distributor of semiconductors and electronic components, today announced the new opening of a customer service center situated in Penang, Malaysia. This new office now makes 20 locations worldwide and seven locations in the APAC region for the global design-fulfillment distributor. Mouser’s local Penang office serves…

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Stable Lead Times Ahead for Magnetic Components

Buyers who are purchasing magnetic components can expect stable lead times and pricing throughout the remainder of the year. At least that is the consensus of inductor and transformer suppliers that I’ve chatted with over the past few weeks. Although a few inductor suppliers noted rising demand over the past quarter, which has resulted in…

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