The (Inventory) End Is Near

One of the industry's two largest electronics distributors, {complink 577|Avnet Inc.}, is seeing signs that component inventory in the global supply chain is beginning to balance with demand. Although executives stopped short of declaring the downturn has reached its bottom, the supply chain's efforts to not build inventory over the past two quarters is beginning…

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Chips Fueling Growth in CE, Auto Markets

Coming off of the impressive 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), it is nearly impossible to not have “Ultra” in the discussion. CES was, intentionally, a showcase for {complink 2657|Intel Corp.} support of the latest ultrabook series of laptops, intended to directly compete with {complink 379|Apple Inc.} MacBook Air series. While Apple was not named, it…

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The REACH Conundrum

If you are like me, you may be having trouble wrapping your mind around the EU's comprehensive REACH program. For the benefit of those unfamiliar with this term, REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals. The purpose of REACH is to identify and restrict certain harmful chemicals used in industry, which can be…

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European IT Bellwethers Slip

Given the ongoing uncertainty floating around Europe and the likelihood of another recession there, it was only a matter of time before we started seeing companies cite similar pressures. Apparently, it's happening sooner than later. This week, both {complink 5218|STMicroelectronics NV} and {complink 4929|Siemens AG}, significant bellwethers for Europe's electronics sector, delivered bad news about…

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Apple Fumbles the Cash Question

With every quarter of another phenomenal success, {complink 379|Apple Inc.} is compounding the problem of what to do with its growing cash pile. It's time for the company's board of directors to seriously consider practical steps for what to do with the money, including the possible acquisition of businesses in adjacent or even non-competing sectors…

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ARM Expands Presence in Distribution

Electronics distributors are continuing to add to their array of services and products for the engineering community — the decision makers in the design chain. Distributors believe securing a connection with a customer's engineers will expand the relationship as a product moves down the line toward volume manufacturing. {complink 12895|Premier Farnell plc} has been moving…

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RIM Needs a New, New CEO

Thorsten Heins has been CEO at {complink 4644|Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM)} for less than 48 hours, and yet it's clear the company must start searching for a replacement immediately. Heins's background wasn't inspiring, and his first words during a conference call at which he indicated no plans for any “drastic changes” were a dramatic…

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