Premier Farnell Buys Embest

LONDON — Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl) announces the completion of its acquisition of Shenzhen Embest Technology Co Ltd (Embest), a leading provider of embedded system development boards and tools, as well as design engineering services with gross assets of approximately £0.5 million (at current exchange rates). Embest, which is based in China, will provide solutions…

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Avnet Makes Tender Offer for Internix

PHOENIX — Avnet, Inc. announced today that, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, it has launched a tender offer bid for all outstanding shares of Internix, Inc. (Internix), a publicly traded company on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE: 2657), substantially expanding its presence in the Japanese market. Established in 1970 by founder the late Yoshiharu Fujisawa, Internix…

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Arrow ECS Launches ArrowSphere

PARIS — Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions, a business segment of Arrow Electronics Inc. [NYSE: ARW], today unveiled ArrowSphere, a cloud services aggregation and brokerage platform for the European solution provider community, system integrators, independent software vendors and service providers. Through ArrowSphere, Arrow ECS is adding new growth opportunities for enterprise and midmarket business solutions for…

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Anti-Counterfeit Law Hits Turbulence in Europe

The European parliament may have effectively killed or at best rendered impotent a major anti-counterfeiting and digital piracy treaty after legislators overwhelmingly voted down the agreement on Wednesday. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was initially signed last October by eight countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United States. The…

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High-Tech’s Total Cost Quandary

As the complexity of customer needs continues to evolve rapidly, everyone must create solutions matching those needs. Understanding total costs involved in delivering these solutions is necessary to evaluate cost-service tradeoffs and ensure that customer requirements are addressed in a profitable manner. The analysis and quantification of all activities and associated costs incurred in order…

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Avnet Acquires Altron

PHOENIX — Avnet, Inc., (NYSE:AVT), announced today that it has acquired Altron GmbH & Co. KG (Altron). Altron, which is headquartered in Lehrte Germany, is a leading interconnect, passive and electromechanical components (IP&E) distributor in Germany, representing over 40 suppliers. Altron generated revenue of approximately US$30 million in calendar 2011. Patrick Zammit, President of Avnet…

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Distributors on EU Spending Spree

Europe's ongoing economic problems may be creating acquisition opportunities for US-based distributors. {complink 453|Arrow Electronics Inc.} and {complink 577|Avnet Inc.} have announced the acquisition of three European distributors within the last two days. Neither company revealed what they paid for the acquisitions, but all are expected to be immediately accretive to earnings after the deals…

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Micron Rising, but Can It Catch Samsung?

Marketshare matters greatly in the semiconductor memory market. The sector is one of the most volatile in the electronics industry, and wild swings in pricing, demand, and supply have resulted in the demise of companies in Asia, Europe, and North America, including Taiwanese suppliers and Qimonda, a spinoff of {complink 2565|Infineon Technologies AG}. Scale is…

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Mouser Stocks Microchip Demo Board

MANSFIELD, Texas — Mouser Electronics, Inc., regarded as a top design engineering resource and global distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, today announced it is stocking a new product from Microchip Technology. Microchip DV102411 Wi-Fi® Comm Demo Board combines Microchip's best-in-class 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller family with its low-power MRF24WB0MA agency-certified, IEEE 802.11, embedded Wi-Fi radio…

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Avnet, Inc. Announces Agreement to Acquire Magirus Group

PHOENIX — Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT) announced today that it has agreed to acquire the Magirus Group (Magirus), a leading pan-European distributor of data center solutions and services. Magirus is a leading value-add distributor of software, systems and related services encompassing virtualization, storage management, cloud computing, security, intelligent networks and information life-cycle management services. Through its…

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