Conflict Minerals & the SEC

The squabble over conflict minerals just won't go away. Congress passed a law that it thought would end the problem, and it turned the implementation over to the Securities and Exchange Commission. But the staid agency seems to have gotten itself entangled in a situation with more twists and turns than the US tax code.…

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AirBorn Buys AESCO Electronics

GEORGETOWN, Texas — AirBorn Inc., a Texas-based manufacturer of electronic components and provider of value-added solutions for multiple industries, today announced the acquisition of AESCO Electronics, a full-service electronics manufacturer and distributor with divisions in Ohio and Massachusetts. AirBorn, a leading manufacturer of electronic components for the aerospace, avionics, defense, energy, medical and automotive industries,…

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Mentor Graphics, Freescale Form Partnership

WILSONVILLE, Ore. — Mentor Graphics Corp. (NASDAQ:MENT) today announced it has signed a preferred, long-term partnership agreement with Freescale Semiconductor to deliver state-of-the-art, high-speed simulation platforms for Freescale’s QorIQ® P-Series, AMP and QorIQ Qonverge™ product lines of multicore embedded processors. In support of this partnership, Mentor® now offers a powerful virtual prototyping environment and enabling…

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The Cloud’s Foggy Path in Healthcare

Many hospitals experiencing electronic patient data growth can gain enormous benefits from cloud technology, which creates data storage efficiencies and can provide an alternative to costly storage infrastructure systems. However, a recently released study from the health research firm KLAS, “Path to Cloud Computing Foggy: Perception Study,” reveals that hospitals are hesitant to adopt cloud…

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Avnet Unveils Brilliant Digital Signage Suite

PHOENIX — Today, Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas and Avnet Technology Solutions Americas, both business regions of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), introduce Brilliant Digital Signage Suite of Services, a complete package of digital signage solutions. Combining Avnet’s hardware, software and technical expertise, Avnet’s Brilliant Digital Signage Suite of Services offers original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and value-added…

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Flextronics Names Chief Procurement Officer

SINGAPORE — Flextronics (NASDAQ: FLEX) announced that it has appointed Tom Linton, chief procurement officer for the Company. In his role, he is responsible for managing and optimizing Flextronics’ global supply chain activities in 30 countries, overseeing a worldwide team of highly skilled professionals who are experienced in the discipline. With over 30 years of…

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Intel Muscles Into Smartphones, Tablets

{complink 2657|Intel Corp.}, the 800-pound gorilla of the semiconductor market, has finally entered the wireless court. After years of trying, the company said its processors will be designed into smartphones and tablet PCs at three of the world's leading OEMs. At the annual Consumer Electronics Show, Intel announced critical design deals with {complink 1091|China Unicom…

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Knowledge From Vertical Integration

Exactly what knowledge do market-leading companies gain from vertical integration? My thought process here considers a very high-level product design process. Though I will portray that process as linear and sequential, the reality is messier, iterative, and probably chaotic. For my purpose, the process starts with a market spec, which defines the customer experience (a…

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