ASTM Tackles Rare Earth Materials

As rare earth materials play an increasingly critical role in the growth of global industries, an ASTM International subcommittee is gearing up to address challenges across the life cycle of these vital resources. ASTM Subcommittee F40.04 on Rare Earth Materials held its most recent meeting in April and has established a standards development agenda aimed…

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Mouser Enhances Medical Site

Mouser Electronics, Inc. has released an enhanced version of its Medical Applications site. New features focus on medical imaging solutions including MRI, portable ultrasound, and digital x-ray, helping engineers to solve a unique set of design challenges. MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) requires high speed data and image processing to create soft tissue images, making high…

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Microsemi and Future Ink Global Distribution Pact

Microsemi Corp., a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, and Future Electronics, a world-class leader and innovator in the distribution and marketing of electronic components, today announced that the two companies have entered into a broad-based, global distribution agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Future will provide worldwide…

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Lenovo’s on a Hot Streak

A rumored Lenovo-NEC smartphone joint venture would help Lenovo ramp up its phone business and expand existing supply chain relationships the companies have already established in the PC sector. The rumor mill's latest spin is that Lenovo Group Ltd. and NEC Corp. are in “detailed discussions” to team up on mobile, according to Reuters. The…

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A One-Country Supply Chain Won’t Work

Earlier this year, Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs announced it intended to develop a smartphone supply chain within its country. Bad idea. Specifically, the ministry said it was seeking foreign investments for production of Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode (AMOLED) displays on the island. The dubious rationale given for the new policy was cost cutting. In…

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IHS: DRAM Market Grows Up

It’s said that adversity breeds character—and that certainly seems to be the case for the global market for DRAM (dynamic random access memory). This market has achieved some maturity in the face of daunting challenges, allowing the industry to achieve a balance between supply and demand this year. After DRAM wafer output peaked in 2008…

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