Counterfeiting: The Ripple Effect

Barbara Jorgensen's story last week about counterfeit components and the NIMBY effect got me thinking about something I heard recently on the same topic: A small counterfeit operation, left unchecked, can wreak havoc on the supply chain for a long time. Remember the scandal about VisionTech Components a few years back? Yes, the Florida company…

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Top 9 Chip Design Challenges

As we evaluate the system-on-a-chip (SoC) design landscape, the industry continues to search for solutions to a long list of design challenges and issues. They include the following. Rising cost: SoC silicon and software design costs are rising at each new process node, with increasing emphasis now being placed on the software side of the…

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Purchasing Strategies: Security of Supply

In a previous blog, I discussed some of the myths surrounding the relationship between price and volume. Another often misunderstood subject is “security of supply.” In analyzing our clients' component spending, we frequently see unnecessary costs incurred that create an expensive (and often false) sense of “supply security.” Lytica's freebenchmarking.com reports reveal the exorbitant dollars…

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Asia Design Activity on the Rise

Evidence from the distribution channel continues to support two positive trends in the electronics supply chain: First, global inventory is finally in balance; and second, bookings are on the rise. {complink 453|Arrow Electronics Inc.}, one of the industry's two largest electronics distributors, told analysts today that its book-to-bill ratio in all regions is above 1:00,…

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Microchip Dev Kits Exclusively Available at Newark element14

CHICAGO — Newark element14, the leading distributor of electronic components and engineering solutions in the Americas and a business of Premier Farnell (LSE:pfl), announced today the availability of two new Microchip development kits exclusively created for element14. The new PIC32 Multimedia Kit speeds the development of 10/100 Ethernet applications as well as audio, graphics, motion…

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World Micro Signs Agreement With MEGA Electronics

ATLANTA — World Micro, a global distributor of electronic components serving the electronics, commercial, military, medical, and aerospace markets, announced today that it has signed a franchise distribution agreement with MEGA Electronics Inc., of New Brunswick, NJ. The agreement gives World Micro the ability to promote, distribute, and market MEGA's expansive line of power cords,…

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Arrow Electronics Reports Q1 Results

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) today reported first-quarter 2012 net income of $113.6 million ($1.01 and $1.00 per share on a basic and diluted basis, respectively) on sales of $4.89 billion, compared with net income of $136.3 million ($1.18 and $1.16 per share on a basic and diluted basis, respectively) on sales of…

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Content Is Key to Successful Tech Marketing

While being a category thought leader creates the potential of competitively differentiating your brand, any B2B tech marketer should be producing informative content for its prospects, leads, and existing customers. Today's buyers are not talking to sales until late in the purchasing cycle. Tech marketers need to act on this by developing an array of…

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Solar Market: Twilight or New Dawn?

Will the solar power market ever hit prime time? This question continues to haunt the industry. Players worry that, despite the obvious utility of solar power to all segments of the global economy, the market has yet to live up to the expectations of many corporate executives, governments, and environmentalists. There have certainly been many…

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