Micron, Oracle Settle Suit

BOISE, Idaho — Micron Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:MU), announced today that it reached an agreement with Oracle America Inc. (“Oracle”) to settle a lawsuit filed by Oracle against Micron in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The lawsuit alleged a conspiracy to increase DRAM prices and other violations of federal and state…

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H1-B Critics Outline Program Flaws

The US H1-B visa program, which will begin accepting applications for 2013 next week, is a hot-button issue in high-tech. Proponents of the program, which allows highly skilled foreign employees to work in the US, complements the US workforce. Opponents say the program has been exploited to bring in workers that are paid less than…

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Foxconn TV: Watch This Space

At the very least, Foxconn's recent investment in {complink 4907|Sharp Electronics Corp.} is a major step in its strategy to secure a supply of the most important component in today’s consumer electronics: the LCD panel. Some in the technology industry see the move as a strong indication that {complink 379|Apple Inc.} will bring a TV…

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Key Violations at Foxconn’s Apple Plants

The Fair Labor Association has published the results of its inquiry into working conditions at {complink 2125|Foxconn Electronics Inc.}, the Taiwan-based contractor to major electronics companies, including {complink 379|Apple Inc.}, which commissioned the investigation. The inquiry “revealed serious and pressing noncompliances with FLA's Workplace Code of Conduct, as well as Chinese labor law” at some…

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Digital Power Posts Q4 Figures

FREMONT, Calif. — Digital Power Corporation (NYSE Amex: DPW) today announced its financial results for the fiscal year 2011 and for fourth quarter and for the year ended December 31, 2011. Digital Power's revenues for the year ended December 31, 2011 were $11,231,000, an increase of 8% from revenue of $10,396,000 for the year ended…

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Digi-Key Stocks BI Technologies Inductors

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — 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 the addition of the HM78D series of dual winding inductors from BI Technologies, a division of TT Electronics. The HM78D series offers higher inductance, better efficiency,…

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2013 H1-B Visa Cap Remains the Same

On April 1, the US Citizen and Immigration Services will begin accepting applications for the coveted H1-B visas that will let high-skilled foreign workers hold jobs in the United States in 2013. In the past few years, high unemployment rates in the US have prompted criticism of the visa program, which allows the hiring of…

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ECIA Updates EDI Transaction Sets

ATLANTA — The ECIA Electronic Components Council (ECC) provides a forum to develop and discuss industry business issues and develop best practices in operations, quality, management, marketing and communications strategies. The Council’s EDI Transactions Sets Committee recently reviewed several EDI Transactions and made modifications that simplify them by focusing on industry specific needs. Committee Chair…

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Capability Trumps Capacity in EMS Industry

After two decades of concentrating on capacity, the focus of the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry now is shifting to capability, with competencies including manufacturing skills and supply chain management gaining in importance, according to IHS iSuppli EMS & ODM Market Research at information and analytics provider IHS Inc. Over the past two decades, the…

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