Creating Singular Customer Value

In the technology sector, we're always looking for what's next. It must be different, disruptive, and truly better, and it must solve a real problem. Obsoleting your product is certainly common in the technology businesses. Intel and others have been doing it since the mid-1970s. How a product is made can differentiate it. Is it…

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The Ties That Bind

Conventional wisdom dictates businesses should not put all their eggs in one basket, i.e., not depend too heavily on one customer or market. But what if that one basket were {complink 379|Apple Inc.}? Fabless semiconductor maker {complink 1130|Cirrus Logic Inc.} may be facing such a dilemma. Cirrus derives almost 60 percent of its business from…

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DRAM Pricing: Down Now, up Tomorrow?

DRAM always provides us with something to talk about, and as we head into the second half of 2012, there's been quite a bit of speculation lately surrounding the memory market's next price points. After a relatively serene first half of the year during which DRAM average selling prices (ASP) managed a relatively small yet…

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Panasonic, Toshiba Profitable; Demand Remains Weak

One year ago, Japanese companies were reporting their first full quarter of business following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. This week, two of the nation’s largest electronics companies reported strong profits for the June quarter despite declining revenue. {complink 4185|Panasonic Corp.} bounced back from a record loss of 772.2 billion yen in the comparable…

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The Customer Sneezed: What Happens Next?

This is as good a time as any to determine how immune your company is to events in the larger economy and, more important, how it fits into the customers' supply chain. The latest second quarter results indicate electronics equipment manufacturers are not immune to a softening global economy, which means component suppliers, contract manufacturers,…

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Rochester Electronics Adds 176 Million Die

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. – Rochester Electronics, the world’s largest authorized manufacturer of mature, often referred to as obsolete or discontinued, semiconductors, has added more than 176 million die to its inventory to extend the life of critical semiconductors through its Extension-of-Life semiconductor in-stock supply and manufacturing program. The shipment of die includes more than 100 million…

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Sorting Out Counterfeit Electronic Parts in Russia

Counterfeit parts primarily hurt high-mix, low-volume manufacturers that produce expensive and complex equipment in small lots on a contract basis. Because of their unsteady purchasing process, these companies buy components from thousands of brands, and they can buy tens and sometimes hundreds of units at a time. Electronic component manufacturers put such companies at the…

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Vishay Reports Results for Q2

MALVERN, Pa.– Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH), one of the world’s largest manufacturers of discrete semiconductors and passive components, today announced its results for the fiscal quarter and six fiscal months ended June 30, 2012. Revenues for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2012 were $588.2 million, compared to $709.8 million for the fiscal quarter…

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