Longtime Motorola CEO Galvin Dies

CHICAGO — Robert (“Bob”) William Galvin, the longtime chief executive officer of Motorola Inc., died peacefully during the night of October 11, 2011 in Chicago. Galvin – a transformative global business leader, innovator, author, and philanthropist – was 89 years old. Galvin oversaw remarkable growth and innovation during his 29-year tenure as CEO of Motorola.…

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Not All Doom & Gloom

Judging by the headlines, the electronics supply chain would be hard-pressed to point to any bright spots on the short-term horizon. Today in the US, President Obama's ambitious jobs bill was rejected by the Senate, and Europe continues to debate the bail out of some of its member nations. On the other side of the…

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Microsemi Reports Thailand Flood Impact

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced one of its subcontracted manufacturing facilities located in the Rojana Industrial Park in Ayutthaya, Thailand, has suspended operations due to damage sustained from the region's recent flooding. The industrial park is without…

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Energy Micro Gets ISO Certification

OSLO, Norway — Energy Micro has announced it has gained ISO 9001:2008 registration of its quality management system for the design and manufacture of its range of energy friendly microcontrollers and RF radios. The certificate of registration to the quality standard was awarded to Energy Micro by the certification body Det Norske Veritas (DNV). Zalina…

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ON Suspends Operations in Thailand

PHOENIX — ON Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: ONNN) today announced that its SANYO Semiconductor division’s operations located in the Rojana Industrial Park in Ayutthaya, Thailand, have been suspended as a result of recent flooding in the region. The company has confirmed that there have been no on-site injuries to ON Semiconductor employees in Thailand as a…

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Underestimating Uncertainty

The art (or is it science?) of forecasting has failed the electronics market numerous times. As the year ends and forecasters roll out their predictions for 2012, there are no reasons to expect these outlooks for the year ahead will prove any more reliable than previous ones. So, how should the industry approach the turbulence…

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Security of Supply in Uncertain Times

It wasn't that long ago that the supply chain was worried about components shortages following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Now the pendulum has shifted: semiconductor inventories in the channel have risen to levels not seen since 2008. (See: Supply Chain Turmoil Looms.) The supply chain is entering a period that is going to…

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