Mouser Stocks Murata 3D MEMS Sensors

MANSFIELD, TX — Mouser Electronics, Inc. is stocking robust, silicon capacitive 3D MEMS technology sensors from Murata Electronics Oy, formerly VTI Technologies, consisting of accelerometers, gyroscopes, and inclinometers. Murata recently acquired VTI Technologies, a pioneer in 3D MEMS technology, and renamed it Murata Electronics Oy to make it an integral part of Murata. Murata is…

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Is China’s Low-Wage Edge Waning?

China's cost advantages in manufacturing and exports seem to be rapidly waning, according to numerous reports. There's a segment of the electronics market, however, that never really believed China was a bargain to begin with. Key players in the electronics supply chain are among them. From a strict labor standpoint, China's wages are clearly lower…

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FCI and 3M Announce Second Source Pact

ETTERS, PA. — FCI, a leading supplier of power products and interconnect systems, and 3M have entered into a second-source agreement covering the High Power Card Edge (HPCE®) and HP2 power product families. The HPCE connector is a next-generation power card edge connector for demanding applications requiring high linear current density and low power loss.…

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Foxconn’s Solution to Labor Unrest

There are a couple of ways to spin the news that {complink 2125|Foxconn Electronics Inc.} is replacing Chinese workers with robots. The first is admittedly the most cynical: Robots don't complain about lousy working conditions, and they don't commit suicide. Maybe all that nasty PR about exploiting workers will go away. Here's the more moderate…

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Dealing With the China Cost Crater

Not to overstate the obvious, but given a choice between two off-the-shelf products with the same reliability and feature set, nine out of 10 times, price will determine which item gets purchased. People generally do not care where a product is made. Often they are unaware that a local company has imported and relabeled or…

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Raising the Awareness of Component Obsolescence

Although Electronica is largely dedicated to new technology, obsolescence is a growing problem in the supply chain. So this year, Electronica is spending some time on lifecycle management. The Components Obsolescence Group (COG) started in the UK in 1997 when equipment manufacturers recognized that there was a growing problem with component obsolescence, specifically with semiconductors.…

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