TSMC Reaps Benefits of R&D Investment

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. recorded a 17 percent increase in year-over-year sales in May on surging demand for the wafer foundry’s products and as the company continues to benefit from its R&D and next-generation capital equipment investments. Total sales for May rose to NT$51.8 billion Taiwan dollar or approximately $1.73 billion, from NT$44.2 billion…

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Everything Has a Cost

EBN Editor-in-Chief Brian Fuller recently asked me about the biggest risk for companies in the global supply chain. Given the category “biggest risk,” you might expect that contenders would include natural disasters, global conflict, labor unrest, and demand uncertainty. Instead I answered that companies created the greatest risk for themselves when they did not engage…

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Supply Chain Complexity Expands Risk

Everyone talks about risk in the supply chain, but the increasing complexity of it makes identifying and mitigating risks difficult. In fact, almost half of executives are afraid that their supply chain risk management is only somewhat effective or has no impact at all, according to a recent survey from Deloitte. Said Kelly Marchese, principal…

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Mouser Enhances Lighting Applications Site

Mouser Electronics, Inc. today announced that its Lighting Applications site on Mouser.com covering the entire lighting ecosystem has been expanded to include featured products, a new application feature, and several of the latest lighting industry articles. The updated site helps design engineers find the latest lighting advancements, trends, and supporting product information in as few…

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Vishay Honored With 2012 TTI Excellence Awards

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.  today announced that the company has received 2012 Supplier Excellence Awards in North America and Europe from TTI, Inc. Vishay is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of discrete semiconductors and passive electronic components. TTI is the world’s leading authorized distributor specialist offering passive, connector, electromechanical, and discrete components.  The TTI Supplier…

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Silicon Labs to Acquire Energy Micro

Silicon Labs, a leader in high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed-signal ICs,  today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire  Energy Micro AS Based in Oslo, Norway, the late-stage privately held company offers the  industry’s most power-efficient portfolio of 32-bit microcontrollers  (MCUs) and is developing multi-protocol wireless RF solutions based on  the industry-leading ARM® Cortex-M…

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Sparton Acquires Assets of Creonix

Schaumburg, Ill.-based specialty EMS Sparton Corp.  has acquired certain assets of Creonix, a $12 million revenue business, for cash. The move further cements Sparton — which provides services ranging from design through refurbishment — in the medical, military and aerospace markets. The acquisition is  expected to be accretive to earnings within the next 9-12 months. Creonix, located…

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Prepare Your Supply Chain for Natural Disasters

A new UN report that warns of $100 billion in annual losses from natural disasters should prompt supply chain managers to update risk management strategies and adopt more resilient practices. The report, “Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2013,” paints a gloomy picture. If news of direct economic losses from disasters walloping past $100…

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