Where Are the VisionTech Parts?

The dust has settled from the US government’s prosecution of VisionTech for selling counterfeit electronics, but the ramifications of the crime will continue to reverberate through the supply chain for quite a while. In 2010 the government charged Shannon Wren, VisionTech's owner, and Stephanie McCloskey, an employee, with selling more than $15 million worth of…

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Thailand: A Manufacturing Snapshot

Ten years ago, you would have seen textile and heavy industrial factories lining the seaboard around Bangkok. Today, the country's manufacturing scene has shifted upwards on the production scale. Competing with other Asian countries — namely, China, Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam — for manufacturing contracts and direct foreign investment, Thailand's top three exported products are…

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Mobile DRAM to Outpace Memory Market

In stark contrast to the memory segment in general, mobile DRAM sales are expected to grow by 10 percent this year to reach a record $6.56 billion, according IHS iSuppli. Owing to the lagging sales of PC computing behind handsets and tablets, revenue growth for standard DRAM this year is anticipated to be weak, the…

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Changes Ahead as Electronics Value Chain Evolves

As noted in a previous blog, {complink 9171|Frost & Sullivan} and EBN recently completed a survey to identify a roadmap for the future of electronics and the implications for electronics supply chain participants. The results of the survey were unanimous — technology and product differentiation will yield the ultimate and sustainable success for original equipment…

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Banking Gloom

PARIS — They say the euro is coming apart at the seams. This, however, was not evident this morning when, with my wife, Hotlips, I made the involuntary rounds of several bank branches in this European capital. All we wanted was to deposit a few non-euros into our Paris euro account. We entered the neighborhood…

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Caution: Green Zone Ahead

If you have gotten past the headline of this article, you are either a diehard environmentalist who will read anything about “going green,” or someone like me who is hoping to hear something different about this whole green movement. Green is good. I don't think anyone would disagree. I think it is time to get…

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The End of JGPSSI & JIG-101

Manufacturers will no longer have to suffer the Japanese Green Procurement Survey Standardization Initiative (JGPSSI) form, according to a note posted on the JGPSSI Webpage. Instead, JGPSSI will dissolve, and JIG-101 — a guide for consistent materials declaration — will no longer be updated and maintained. JIG-101 (the latest and final version is 4.1) is…

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Cypress, Ramtron Continue Standoff

Either {complink 1474|Cypress Semiconductor Corp.} is practicing a siege mentality, or it is waiting for shares of {complink 12930|Ramtron International Corp.} to sink so low that the company will have no choice but to sell itself. During a siege, invading forces take a strategic position around a target and wait for it to give up.…

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Mouser Electronics Distributes ZMDI

MANSFIELD, TX — Mouser Electronics, Inc., regarded as a top design engineering resource and global distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, today announced its new Americas distribution partnership with Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden AG (ZMDI), an innovator in high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductor solutions. ZMDI is a global supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor solutions…

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