Kent Resigns as Ramtron CFO

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — U.S. semiconductor maker Ramtron International Corporation (NASDAQ: RMTR) today announced that effective October 7, 2011, Mark R. Kent resigned from his position as chief financial officer to pursue other opportunities. The Company has named Gery E. Richards, Ramtron’s controller, to serve as interim chief financial officer while the company conducts a…

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Are You Ready for the Smart Home Race?

It seems everything must be smart and connected these days — people, phones, cars, buildings, electrical grids, and even our homes. Entire smart niches are being carved out, and everyone up and down the electronics supply chain seems to want a piece of the business. Chip suppliers like NXP, Intel, and Dialog Semiconductor, along with…

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HTC: The Stealth Warrior

Do you know {complink 2387|High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC)}? The name may not ring a bell for many consumers, but chances are that someone in your office or even in your family is making or receiving a phone call on a device from the Taiwanese company right now. HTC is also one of the prime…

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The Pros & Cons of Exclusivity

The storage systems giant {complink 1781|EMC Corp.} announced today that a number of its products would be made available only through its channel partners. The channel program, which is designed to expand market opportunities for both EMC and its distributors, gives customers easier access to products and enables faster, easier training for the EMC partner…

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An Inevitable Clash

Corporate governance is a pretty dry subject in the best of times, but it just may become a bit more interesting, particularly if we have gotten it wrong and it turns out to be the source of the current worldwide economic crisis. The Occupy Wall Street protests clearly show the people's frustration with high unemployment…

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Newark/element 14 Offers Honeywell Sensors

CHICAGO — Newark/element14, a leading multi-channel, high-service electronics distributor in the Americas and a business of Premier Farnell, announced today that it is stocking Honeywell’s new ultra-small HumidIcon™ digital humidity/temperature sensors, designed for use in HVAC-refrigeration and medical applications, where accuracy, size and low total cost are critical factors. The new series offers engineers what…

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Avnet Makes Presentations Available Online

PHOENIX — Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), has just wrapped another groundbreaking virtual Power Forum. In case you missed any technical presentations from the industry’s leading power experts, they are now available for on-demand download from Avnet’s virtual Power Forum website. Held on September 21, 2011, Avnet’s second…

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Benchmark Temporarily Closes Thailand Facility

ANGLETON, Texas — Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: BHE), a leading integrated contract manufacturing provider, announced today that its subsidiary, Benchmark Electronics (Thailand) Public Company Limited, has temporarily suspended operations as a result of flooding in the surrounding areas of the Hi-Tech Industrial Estate in Ayudhaya, Thailand. The industrial park is without power and officials have…

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Microsemi Closes Zarlink Acquisition

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, and Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. (TSX:ZL) today announced that 0916753 B.C. ULC, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Microsemi, has accepted the tender of and will acquire today 123,438,737 Zarlink shares, representing approximately 96 percent of Zarlink's…

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Suntron Closing Texas Facility

SUGAR LAND, Texas — Suntron Corporation, a leading manufacturer of electronics manufacturing services and embedded computing solutions announced today that it will close its Sugar Land, Texas facility once customer production is transferred to other locations in 2012. “This action completes the re-positioning we began in late 2009,” said President and CEO Ed Wheeler. “Consolidating…

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