RS Partners With IOS on Direct Mail

OXFORD, England — RS Components (RS), the world's leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products and the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), has joined forces with direct mail expert, Innovative Output Solutions (IOS), to improve the accuracy, fulfilment and delivery of its customer publications across the UK and Europe. The move was…

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Sanmina, Kaiam Join Forces on Components

SAN JOSE and NEWARK, Calif. — Sanmina-SCI Corporation (Nasdaq: SANM), a leading manufacturing solutions company making some of the world's most complex and valuable optical, electronic and mechanical products, and Kaiam Corporation, a global manufacturer of high performance hybrid photonic integrated circuits (PICs), today announced a partnership to produce a family of optical components using…

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RIM CEO’s Alternative Universe

James Balsillie, CEO of {complink 4644|Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM)}, must be living in a different world populated mainly by non-RIM shareholders. He believes the company is on a roll, while investors seem to think the Blackberry maker is simply rolling downhill — fast. On Thursday, Balsillie delivered an optimistic speech during the company's fiscal…

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Atmel, Arduino Team Up on Platforms

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Atmel® Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), a leader in microcontroller and touch solutions, and Arduino, the leading open-source electronics prototyping platform and community, announced they are collaborating on several development boards using Atmel AVR and ARM-based microcontroller (MCU) products. The new easy-to-use Arduino boards use several Atmel products including the Cortex-M3-based SAM3U MCU,…

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Cybersecurity Is a People Problem

The issue of cybersecurity touched off a hot discussion here, so I thought I'd share a few more things I learned from talking with {complink 2376|Hewlett-Packard Co.}'s Rebecca Lawson earlier in the week. (See: Is Social Networking Increasing Cyberthreats? and HP Targets Cyberthreats.) One of the more interesting takeaways: Security breaches via social networking are…

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Maxim Makes Organizational Changes

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM) has made the following organizational changes to better serve its customers: Created Worldwide Customer Operations intended to increase responsiveness and provide higher levels of customer support worldwide. Centralized supply-chain management and manufacturing operations to improve planning, lead times, and on-time delivery. This function now reports directly…

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Groups Release Low-Halogen Standard

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) announces the release of a new joint standard developed by both ECIA (representing the passive electronic components industry) and JEDEC – The Solid-State Technology Association. The standard designated as JS709 is entitled, “Low-Halogen” Passives and Solid-State Devices (Removal of BFR/CFR/PVC). This standard provides terms and definitions…

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Microsemi, Avnet Expand Agreement

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. and PHOENIX — Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, and Avnet Memec, a division of Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today announced an expanded distribution relationship in the Americas. The parties intend to enable Avnet…

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