Nokia Tumbles in Smartphone Ranking

We know it's been coming for some time, but there is always something sad about seeing once-mighty companies slip down the popularity list. That happened recently with {complink 3847|Nokia Corp.}. Gartner Inc. reported this month that Nokia slipped from No. 3 in smartphone sales in the second quarter to No. 7 in the third. Interestingly,…

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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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