The Stigma of Chinese Brands

Even though most electronics and consumer goods production has moved to China, a third of Americans surveyed said they would not buy a brand if they knew it was Chinese-owned. There are two twists that make this survey point ironic, if not slightly amusing: A majority of Americans probably can't name a Chinese brand, and…

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IEMI Readies Its Anti-Counterfeit Plan

The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative, an association of semiconductor OEMs, claims to have new ways to keep counterfeit components out of your supply chain. If it doesn't, it won't be for lack of effort. First envisioned way back in 2011, the project called for companies to donate a small amount of staff time — about…

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Global Automotive Electronics on Path to $205 Billion

Automotive Electronics are increasingly utilized in today’s automobiles. Beginning with the requirement of providing enhanced engine control, the current breed of automobiles has become more and more reliant on electronics, enabling them in going faster, even while providing highest levels of safety. Today’s contemporary cars have evolved into electronic machines, with more and more operations…

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Slight Uptick for Global Semiconductor Sales in April

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $23.62 billion for the month of April 2013, a 0.6 percent increase from the previous month when sales were $23.48 billion, but down slightly from the April 2012 total of 24.06 billion. All monthly…

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When Mother Nature Wants Your Business

In just the past three years, tsunamis in Japan and floods in Thailand provoked shortage crises in the electronics industry. Now, the industry is learning how to plan for other natural disasters. The often-stated irony of the electronics industry is that its supply chain is not nearly as high-tech as its products are. In many…

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TSI Finds New Life in an Old Fab

TSI Semiconductors LLC has an innovative business plan that combines the old and the new: a 30-year old fab and an organization that develops semiconductor processes for startups. The young Roseville, Calif., company is led by CEO Sagar Pushpala, a veteran of the analog and mixed-signal semiconductor industry. After 25 years working for Intersil, Maxim…

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Molex Goes Live With Online RF Cable Assembly Configurator

Molex Inc. recently launched an online RF Assembly Builder for distributors, customers and prospective customers. Available now at www.molex.com/molex/family/RF_Configurator.jsp, the free configurator tool simplifies the design process and allows the user to build a complete assembly and instantly submit an RFQ, without downloading any application or software. “The RF Assembly Builder provides customers with immediate…

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