Value of Tech M&A on the Decline

High-tech companies are still sitting on piles of cash, but they aren’t using much of it for merger and acquisition, according to Ernst & Young’s most recent global technology update. Tech M&A value declined to $28.2 billion in the third quarter of 2012, down 52 percent from the prior year. While the total number of…

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Electronica 2012: Good Vibrations

In 2010, the city of Munich, Germany bid a temporary farewell to the biggest premier electronics show in Europe. It's hard to believe that two years have come and gone, but needless to say, members of the electronics industry are packed up, re-energized, and thrilled to be heading back to Munich for Electronica 2012. Despite…

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Save Those Failed Components

An often overlooked discipline for component engineers is the retrieval of failed components from customer service technicians. Many times when products are sent back for repair, the technicians fail to keep running records of the failed components. Or, worse yet, they fail to push the trouble-causing parts back to the engineers for evaluation. Valuable information…

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The Rise & Fall of Tom Thumb

Between my finger and my thumb The squat pen rests; snug as a gun — Seamus Heaney A few years ago, I read about a contest in Japan that pitted cellphone texters against one another in a thumb speed competition. The results were astounding. Hundreds of teenagers tapped out staggering amounts of digital copy, their…

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Arrow Launches Cloud Connectivity Services

A lot of technology companies are reaching for the cloud. To date, electronics distributors have been playing a supporting role, selling systems and components to customers that provide cloud connectivity and products. {complink 453|Arrow Electronics Inc.} is now positioning itself solidly in the development space, providing components, tools, and connectivity solutions to end-users. Arrow today…

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Stability at Last in DRAM Market?

A tectonic shift from PCs to mobile devices is remaking the DRAM market, moving a historically volatile business onto firmer, safer ground. Since the 1980s, the DRAM business has been a high-volume, commodity business, with the lion's share of production going to PCs. Supply and demand were often wildly out of balance. When the PC…

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Premier Farnell Inks Global Pact With Lattice

LONDON — Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronic components and host of the industry-leading element14 Community, has announced a new global franchise agreement with Lattice Semiconductor, the leading provider of innovative, low cost, low power FPGA and power management design solutions. The deal expands Premier Farnell’s position as the…

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Beware: IP Theft Is Often an Inside Job

A new report released by {complink 5927|Verizon Information Technologies} that examines incidents of intellectual property (IP) theft at companies in several industries, including the high tech, financial, and manufacturing sectors, offers sobering news to the electronics industry as it seeks to electronically protect its patents — the very thing that brings value and competitive advantage…

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