Mouser and IDT Sign Global Deal

MANSFIELD, TX — Mouser Electronics, Inc. today announced a new worldwide distribution agreement with Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT), a world leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance analog, mixed signal and power management semiconductors. Mouser’s agreement with IDT means customers have faster access to IDT’s newest cutting-edge and power-efficient semiconductor solutions, as well…

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Manufacturing Index Trends Downward

The month of August has the distinction of being the worst month –so far — for manufacturing since July 2009. Today, the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) reported manufacturing contracted for the third consecutive month in August, reaching an index level of 49.6 percent. (A level over 50 indicates growth; under 50 means contraction.) August’s…

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Will M&A Reignite in OS Market?

On Aug. 28, I read about the acquisition of Petalogix, which offered an embedded Linux platform for FPGA, by {complink 6248|Xilinx Inc.}. It reminded me of all the embedded operating system acquisitions made by chip companies, hardware companies, and larger tool companies in the last decade. I wonder if the trend will continue and how…

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Labor Day or Arbor Day: Who Cares?

It's Labor Day as I write this and ponder wistfully the state of organized labor in the United States. I've always been pro-labor, partly out of sheer genetics. My grandfather was a member of the International Brotherhood of Machinists for more than 50 years, and I'm an associate member of the United Steelworkers. Despite my…

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Arrow Acquires Global Link Technology

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) announced today that the company has acquired Global Link Technology, Inc. (“Global Link”), a provider of electronics asset disposition (EAD) services. Global Link offers a number of EAD services including data removal, data security, refurbishment, and remarketing of electronic assets, while ensuring compliance with local and national data…

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Don’t Yield on Green

If you were to ask a room full of corporate executives how they felt about environmental conservation, I think they would all express great concern and a desire to “do the right thing.” But as many companies struggle in today's economy to stay afloat, there is a prevailing uncertainty about whether it is possible to…

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Elements of a Sustainable Supply Chain

As Douglas Kent of {complink 577|Avnet Inc.} recently told a Webinar audience, sustainability has a floating definition. In the context of manufacturing and environmental responsibility, sustainability can best be explained as a holistic approach to product development. From design through end of life, a sustainable product spares the environment, as well as the manufacturer's bottom…

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A Bruising War for Resources Looms

How different will the 21st century be compared with the 20th for manufacturing companies? Perhaps radically different for businesses heavily dependent on natural resources, according to research firm {complink 7473|McKinsey & Co.}, which speculates that soaring population growth and dwindling supplies of hard-to-extract minerals could combine to jack up pricing of critical natural resources in…

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Data Overload Crimps Green Efforts

Many environmental compliance experts talk about unintended consequences. For example, when a hazardous material is eliminated from a product, its replacement may eventually prove just as bad. The amount of paperwork the overall green effort generates may be one such consequence. Much of the correspondence in the electronics industry is, of course, electronic. But the…

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