Arrow Launches Freescale Development Kit

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) has introduced the Nitrogen 6X, the first Freescale i.MX6-based development kit by Boundary Devices. Arrow customers will have early access to the new multicore multimedia applications processor from Freescale, the i.MX6. The development board will be software compatible with the existing Freescale software releases. With a wide variety…

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Steps to REACH Compliance

In a previous blog, I observed that the requirements of the European Union regulation known as Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction on Chemical substances (REACH) are complex but noted that it represents a step in the right direction for the manufacturing industry as well as the global environment. (See: REACH Is Not Overreaching.) Since REACH…

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Avnet Offers Xilinx Development Kit

PHOENIX — Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), introduced today the Xilinx Kintex™-7 FPGA Mini-Module Plus Development Kit – a completely customizable development kit, perfect for system architects and field programmable gate array (FPGA) designers looking for a flexible, high performance and upgradable platform. The Avnet Mini-Module Plus system consists…

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Elpida Files Reorganization Plan

TOKYO — Elpida Memory, Inc. (Tokyo: 6665) (“Elpida”) hereby announces that At the meeting of the board of directors held on February 27, 2012, we resolved to file a petition for the commencement of corporate reorganization proceedings and filed the same with the Tokyo District Court. As such petition was duly received on the same…

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IPC Publishes January Industry Results

BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the January findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. PCB Industry Growth Rates and Book-to-Bill Ratios Announced Rigid PCB shipments were down 3.1 percent in January 2012 from January 2011, but bookings increased 10.9 percent year over year. The…

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2012 Mobile World Congress Takes Off

It's that time of year again. The Mobile World Congress is off and running in Barcelona, Spain, and tens of thousands of global mobile executives are talking up their phones, tablets, and other hyper-connected technology. Of course, everyone wants to get their news out early when attendees are buzzing with excitement, and the press is…

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Vertical Integration Champions

Now that the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 is over and the flurry of Freebenchmarking.com activity resulting from it is under control, I have had time to reflect on the various participants at the exhibition and the issue of vertical integration. I must confess to being most impressed by the Koreans and would give them…

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