Future-Microchip Pact Includes SMSC

MONTREAL — Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components, expanded its distribution agreement with Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) to include all of the products from Microchip’s recent SMSC acquisition. “Microchip is a recognized brand with supreme customer loyalty across the globe. Their acquisition of SMSC strengthens our line card with a strong…

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Mouser Launches Harsh Environments Site

MANSFIELD, TX — Mouser Electronics, Inc., a top design engineering resource and global distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, announced to the industry the launch of its new technology site on Mouser.com featuring Harsh Environments. The new site contains technical information that aids design engineers’ thought process in developing and designing new solutions that meet…

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Avnet Express Stocking ADI, Freescale and TE

PHOENIX — With the largest online catalog of more than 5 million electronic component parts, Avnet Express, the e-commerce engine for Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), announces the immediate, in-stock availability of the latest products from Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), Freescale Semiconductor and TE Connectivity (TE). Orders placed…

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Wearable Technology Market Swings Higher

Wearable technology is making a big splash, and the latest numbers prove it. According to {complink 8879|IMS Research}, the global market for wearable technology posted $2 billion worth of revenues in 2011, and projections are that by 2016, the market will be worth $6 billion. The research also shows that 14 million wearable devices were…

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Illusions of ‘Conflict-Free’ Minerals

The hubris over “conflict minerals” has resumed again. Several high-tech companies are being hailed as heroes that are “pioneering progress toward wiping out the use of conflict minerals,” according to a Reuters report. The Enough Project's annual score card for electronics companies trying to cut out conflict minerals from the supply chain showed many Western…

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Wonder Alert: 3D Printing

Technology is moving forward so rapidly that if you blink once, you will miss some significant advances. I am amazed at the products coming via convergence. As each new product is introduced, the supply chain takes on new characteristics in the form of supporting and aftermarket opportunities. Of particular note are the 3D printing technologies…

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