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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Hughes Retiring as Rambus CEO

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ:RMBS), one of the world’s premier technology licensing companies, announced today that it has begun a search for a successor to chief executive officer Harold Hughes, who is planning to retire from his current position. Mr. Hughes will remain in the position of chief executive officer until a successor is…

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Arrow Buys Asset Recovery Corp.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) announced today that it has acquired Asset Recovery Corporation (“Asset Recovery”), a North American provider of electronics asset disposition (EAD) services. Asset Recovery offers a comprehensive array of EAD services including data removal, data security, refurbishment, and remarketing of electronic assets, while ensuring compliance with local and national…

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Manufacturing Will Grow Again in the West

Those who say manufacturing jobs will never return to the West don't know what they are talking about. Either that or they are purposely being disingenuous because it is the only way they can justify outsourcing decisions focused on the realization of short-term objectives. Manufacturers unwittingly created a monster when they began transferring manufacturing to…

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Digging Beyond the Data

As distributors seek to embed themselves deeper within their customers' design chain, the channel is spending more in-house time and resources to differentiate themselves from the rest of the pack. For example, component data sheets are available just about anywhere: through supplier sites, aggregators, distributor Websites, component libraries and databases, and even a random hit…

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REACH Is Not Overreaching

I read Douglas Alexander’s recent post on the European Union's Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction on Chemical substances (REACH) and the responses to it, and I felt I had to respond to perhaps add a little clarity to the conversation. Alexander's take on this seems to be that it's needed, but too late and too…

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TTI, Kingbright Have Distribution Deal

FORT WORTH, Texas — TTI, Inc., a global distributor of interconnect, passive, electromechanical and discrete components, adds a new optoelectronics supplier, Kingbright Corporation, to its discrete semiconductor line card. Committed to growing the discretes portfolio by aligning with innovative manufacturers, TTI is proud to announce its new franchise agreement with Kingbright Corporation. Wen Sung, Kingbright…

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Molex, TE Announce Second Source Deals

LISLE, Ill. & BERWYN, Pa. — Molex Incorporated and TE Connectivity Ltd. today announced second source agreements under which TE Connectivity will have the right to manufacture, market and sell worldwide several Molex high-speed interconnect solutions including the z-Quad Small Form-factor Pluggable Plus (zQSFP+) and the Small Form-Factor Pluggable Plus (zSFP+), among others. Molex will…

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