FedEx Latest to Cut Costs

Today FedEx joined a growing list of companies that have announced plans to cut costs in response to lower-than-expected earnings. (See: The Stupid Futility of Cost Cutting and Triple Whammy in the PC Arena.) Though revenue for FedEx's fiscal fourth quarter, which ended in May, rose to $11 billion from $10.6 billion a year earlier,…

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Avnet Introduces Touch Kit

SAN ANTONIO — Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), introduced today the i.MX53 Quick Start Break-Out with 7-inch LCD and PCAP (Projected Capacitive) Touch Kit. This kit builds upon the Freescale i.MX53 Quick Start board, a low-cost, open source development platform that integrates an ARM® Cortex™-A8 2GHz processor with…

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Ramtron to Cypress: ‘No, but Let’s Talk’

The board of directors of {complink 12930|Ramtron International Corp.} has rejected the latest purchase offer from {complink 1474|Cypress Semiconductor Corp.}, but the two companies may be able to engage in a more civil discussion that could satisfy both parties, according to the details of a statement issued by the acquisition target. Ramtron, a Colorado Springs,…

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Procurement & the New Normal

Price instability, market volatility, and globalization are a few of the issues procurement professionals will face for the rest of 2012 and beyond, according to a recent study. And they'll be doing it with a marginal increase in resources. The dramatic volatility spike in supply and demand that occurred with the 2008-2009 recession will persist…

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Intel to Buy 1,700 InterDigital Patents for $375M

The tussle for domination in the wireless communications market intensifies today with an announcement from {complink 2657|Intel Corp.} that it has agreed to purchase about 1,700 “patents and patent applications” related to key technologies in the segment from intellectual property developer {complink 2677|InterDigital Communications Corp.}. Intel, the world's No. 1 semiconductor vendor by sales, said…

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Richardson Introduces New Transistors From Microsemi

LAFOX, Ill. — Richardson RFPD, Inc. today announces immediate availability and full design support capabilities for a new family of gallium nitride (GaN) on silicon carbide (SiC), high electron mobility transistor (HEMT), radio frequency (RF) transistors from Microsemi Corporation (Microsemi). The common source GaN on SiC transistors are internally-matched for optimal performance and specifically designed…

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RFMW Supports TriQuint LNA

SAN JOSE, Calif. — RFMW , Ltd. announces design and sales support for TriQuint Semiconductor’s new 50 to 4000MHz Low Noise Amplifier (LNA) with noise figure of 0.66dB. The TQP3M9035 LNA features 37dBm OIP3 in an internally matched, DFN 2x2mm package. No external RF matching is needed for these cascadable, 50 ohm, LNA gain blocks.…

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