Channel Partners Should Help, Not Hinder

Most component suppliers use distributors as the first point of contact for customers. Initially, lead time, sales, and technical queries will go to the distributor, which then gets in touch with the supplier. This works for the supplier, because the distributor acts as a “filter,” blocking trivial queries and freeing up valuable engineering time. The…

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Avnet Stocking New Analog Devices Products

PHOENIX — Avnet Express, the e-Commerce engine for Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), announces the in-stock availability of both the ADM3052 isolated controller area network (CAN) physical layer transceiver and the ADA4896 and ADA4897 families of low power, rail-to-rail output amplifiers from Analog Devices, Inc. With the largest online catalog of more than 5 million electronic…

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Apple Watch: When Failure Equals Success

Again and again, {complink 379|Apple Inc.} turns what would be tantamount to disaster for many other companies into a widely celebrated success. It's not a lesson in best-practices, and I certainly wouldn't recommend it for any other company, but the supply snafu surrounding the recently launched iPad is another example of how Apple can be…

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Kemet Buying Stake in NEC Tokin

GREENVILLE, S.C. — KEMET Corporation (NYSE: KEM), a leading manufacturer of tantalum, ceramic, aluminum, film, paper and electrolytic capacitors, announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire a 34% economic interest with a 51% voting interest in NEC TOKIN Corporation (“NT”), a manufacturer of tantalum capacitors, electro-magnetic, electro-mechanical, access devices and piezoelectric ceramics…

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Finally, Useful Automotive Electronics

Volvo, not surprisingly, has come up with a novel safety feature: a pedestrian airbag. The U-shaped bag deploys in the area between the car's hood and the windshield in the event of a car-pedestrian collision: The Volvo system sensors rapidly detect a car-pedestrian impact and respond much like what happens in a car-to-car collision. That…

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TriQuint Opens Singapore Facility

HILLSBORO, Ore., and SINGAPORE — TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TQNT), a leading global RF solutions supplier and technology innovator, today officially opened TriQuint International Pte Ltd, its new International Headquarters in Singapore. The facility will be the focal point for most international customers, suppliers and manufacturing partners. “Our business outside of the United States now…

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Nortech Reports 4Q11 Numbers

MINNEAPOLIS — Nortech Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: NSYS), a leading provider of full-service electronics manufacturing services (EMS), today reported net sales of $29.1 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011, a six percent increase over net sales of $27.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2011…

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