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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Avnet Releases Android App

PHOENIX — Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), announced today the instant availability to check order status and supply chain activity through its new application developed for Android phone users. Avnet Electronics Marketing’s Supply Chain Central (SCC) application is currently available for free download from the Android Market. Avnet…

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