Chinese Manufacturing Slows on Drop in Orders

Chinese manufacturing and export orders continued to fall in May, and the deceleration is expected to continue for at least the next several months, according to the results of a monthly survey by banking giant {complink 6453|HSBC Holdings plc}. Manufacturing conditions have deteriorated in China over the last seven months as demand from Europe withered…

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Completing the Circle: Hardware/Software Deals

I wrote recently about how buying software companies is a common strategy for semiconductor firms to expand quickly into new markets and technologies. It is equally interesting to look at OEM hardware companies buying software companies. That trend has accelerated with the success of {complink 379|Apple Inc.} as it tightly couples hardware and software business…

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What Happens When a Major Customer Implodes?

It seems {complink 987|Celestica Inc.} placed a large bet on the wrong horse. In the next year or so, about 20 percent of the Canadian contract manufacturer's revenues will disappear as turmoil at {complink 4644|Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM)} wreaks havoc on the extended supply chain of the BlackBerry smartphone manufacturer. Celestica, in a recent…

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A Materials Planning Case Study, Part 1

Long replenishment cycles and purchasing restrictions are a constant challenge in demand planning. Add volatility to the mix, and companies find they are either overstocked or not ready for delivery. “Gremlin Electronics Inc.” (name changed for confidentiality reasons) sought an automated solution to manage both planning and delivery. UK-based Gremlin Electronics is one of Europe's…

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RIM Shedding Jobs

{complink 4644|Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM)} is the latest electronics company to announce job cuts. Businesses across the industry are striving to increase profitability, but the stakes are even higher for RIM. The BlackBerry maker is seeking to stem losses and regain the edge it once had in the mobile communications market. After a series…

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Digi-Key Corporation & Anaren Sign Global Distribution Agreement

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry’s largest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, today announced it has entered into a global distribution agreement with Anaren (Nasdaq: Anen) and will distribute Anaren’s Integrated Radio (AIR) modules. Anaren is a major innovator…

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Qualcomm Acquires Summit Microelectronics

SAN DIEGO — Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that it has acquired Summit Microelectronics (Summit), a leading developer and provider of programmable power integrated circuits based in Sunnyvale, CA. Qualcomm's power management roadmap will be significantly enhanced with the addition of Summit's expertise and products. As a result of the acquisition, Qualcomm will be…

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RIM, EMS Partner ‘Winding Down’ Relationship

The EMS provider {complink 987|Celestica Inc.} has announced it is winding down its manufacturing relationship with {complink 4644|Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM)}, the struggling maker of the BlackBerry. Celestica said that the restructuring charges will not exceed $35 million, and that disengaging with RIM will take three to six months. Celestica gave no indication which…

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