A Technical Manual for Anti-Counterfeiters

The US government naturally wants a whistle-clean military supply chain. Recent legislation like the National Defense Authorization Act also confirms Congress won't settle for anything order than a counterfeit-free military procurement channel. All indications are that electronic equipment manufacturers and their suppliers understand this and are racing to plug holes through which fake products sneak…

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Leveraging Key Resources for Global Firms

The rise of globalization and outsourcing has done more than affect traditional manufacturing operations. It has changed the very way we think about product innovation and introduction; growing market share; and managing the people, process, and technologies in our increasingly global organizations. As CEOs, we are asked to think about these issues holistically and strategically:…

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Richardson Offers MA/COM Phase Shifters

LAFOX, Ill. — Richardson RFPD, Inc. today announces immediate availability and full design support capabilities for the newest additions to the family of GaAs pHEMT digital phase shifters from M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. (M/A-COM Tech). The MAPS-010145 and MAPS-010165 are, respectively, 4- and 6-bit packaged devices that maintain low phase error and minimal attenuation variation…

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Viasystems Completes DDi Purchase

ST. LOUIS — Viasystems Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAS) announced today that it has completed its $283 million acquisition of DDi Corp. (NASDAQ: DDIC), strengthening Viasystems’ position as a world-class leader in printed circuit board (“PCB”) manufacturing and related electro-mechanical solutions. Viasystems announced its intention to acquire DDi on April 4, 2012. “This acquisition creates a…

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Executing Tech Content Marketing

Marketing strategy grows out of separating your brand from those of competitors. You can't overemphasize your competitive difference. If you don't have a marketing and communications strategy based on clear, competitive differentiation, go back to square one and get that done. I have discussed developing strategy in several earlier posts. (See: Content Is Key to…

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Measuring the Channel’s Health by Design

The electronics supply chain has always had a problem bridging the gap between the design of a product and the manufacturing of that design. The issue is most pronounced in distribution, where companies are rewarded by their suppliers for design wins (securing a component's position in a design). Component makers frequently compensate distributors for these…

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RIM: Watching a Looming Train Wreck

Call it morbid obsession, but I can't seem to stop watching the downward spiral of {complink 4644|Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM)}. At EBN, we've reported often on the mobile phone maker's malaise. At first, I discounted it as a few quarters of bad financials. Then it became evident that RIM was facing much deeper issues.…

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Cost Analysis: Reshoring Is Viable

A recent report on manufacturing site selection contains both good news and bad news for the US. First, the good news. According to the report, “Reshoring Global Manufacturing: Myths and Realities,” by the Hackett Group, the cost gap between manufacturing in China and production in the US is narrowing. By 2013, says the report, the…

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Deutsche Telekom Debuts Procurement Marketplace

The marketplace for electronic components, equipment, software, and services is getting crowded and attracting some quite unconventional players. Only a few weeks after {complink 11480|Amazon.com Inc.} debuted a procurement service for equipment marketers, German communications giant {complink 1560|Deutsche Telekom AG} rolled out a somewhat similar offering opened to companies in nine economic segments. The worldwide…

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Why Chipmakers Are Buying Software Firms

The owners of embedded software companies have long considered an acquisition by a semiconductor partner a logical exit strategy. We took a look at semiconductor acquisitions over the past two years with the aim of better understanding the dynamics of the market, and we came up with four critical questions: Which chip companies are using…

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