Shipping Now: ‘Conflict-Free’ Parts

{complink 12806|AVX Corp.} and {complink 12926|Motorola Solutions Inc.} have announced the first shipment of tantalum products validated as conflict-free. The tantalite ore used in the AVX components was mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The components are the result of Solutions for Hope (SfH), a cooperative effort by AVX and Motorola. The…

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Facebook Fires Back

Not surprisingly, {complink 10867|Facebook} has fired back at organizations that are asking people to provide their Facebook passwords. In recent weeks, reports have surfaced about prospective employees or students being asked to provide Facebook passwords as part of an application process. (See: Applicants: Please Provide Facebook Password.) The practice has been challenged by the ACLU,…

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Micron Posts 2Q12 Figures

BOISE, Idaho — Micron Technology, Inc., (Nasdaq:MU) today announced results of operations for its second quarter of fiscal 2012, which ended March 1, 2012. For the second quarter, the company had a net loss attributable to Micron shareholders of $224 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, on net sales of $2.1 billion. The results for…

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Smith & Associates Names Human Resources VP

HOUSTON — Smith & Associates, the industry leader in global electronics distribution, today announced the appointment of Leslie McIntyre to the role of Vice President of Human Resources. Leslie will be responsible for leading Smith’s Human Resources department and expanding its global programs and employee resources. Leslie is a new addition to Smith’s global team.…

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IPC Releases International Technology Roadmap

BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — The long-awaited 2011 IPC International Technology Roadmap for Electronic Interconnections was released last month at IPC APEX EXPO® 2012. Published biennially, the IPC Roadmap serves as an authoritative guide to interconnect technological trends, providing a vision of imminent, innovative technology. The 2011 roadmap incorporates revealing data and comparisons to help users serve…

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PCB Assembly Express Partners With element14

CHICAGO — Newark’s element14, the first collaborative community and electronics store for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts, today announced a partnership with PCB Assembly Express to provide its quick design and assembly prototyping services to North American customers. Through this partnership, design engineers can easily access PCB Assembly Express’ high-quality services through the Knode on…

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Understanding the Chinese Consumer

Setting aside competitive issues for a moment, companies that have located manufacturing in China have done so for two main reasons: first, low-cost labor; and second, to reach China's vast consumer market. As wages begin to rise in the region, companies will have to increasingly shift their focus toward selling to China's consumers in addition…

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