TTI Updates Apple App

FORT WORTH, Texas — TTI Inc. announced today the worldwide release and immediate availability of the second version of its free mobile business application in the Apple App Store. The application is a powerful extension to TTI's Web platform, providing current and potential customers the ability to search for parts, utilize TTI's unique Part Builder…

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Counterfeiting: The Battle Is On

A few months ago, I was watching a CBS 60 Minutes feature called “Wasteland.” The investigative team was tracking electronic waste (e-waste) from a recycler here in the United States. After the owner of the recycling business had sworn that he was not exporting goods out of the US, 60 Minutes caught him doing exactly…

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ACL, Tomen Form Joint Venture

HONG KONG — ACL Semiconductors Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ACLO) (“ACL”), a leading China-based distributor of Samsung semiconductor products in Southern China and Hong Kong, has announced the establishment of a joint venture between ACL International Holdings Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ACL located in Hong Kong (“ACL International”), and Tomen Devices Corporation (“Tomen”), a…

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Flextronics Buying Stellar Microelectronics

SINGAPORE — Flextronics (NASDAQ: FLEX) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Stellar Microelectronics, a full service Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider based in Valencia, Calif., specializing in advanced custom packaging solutions utilizing the latest microelectronics technologies for the aerospace, defense and medical manufacturing markets. Stellar Microelectronics' annual revenue run…

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Lessons From Apple & Pi

It has happened twice in as many weeks — underestimated demand for a product has resulted in “Sold Out” notices being posted everywhere. The first product to suffer this fate was the $35 Raspberry Pi computer. The second was the new $500 iPad. Only one company has a legitimate excuse for being so wrong. The…

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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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