Military Hardware Security Compromised

The gloves are coming off in the government’s fight against counterfeit parts and intellectual property protection. Brian Toohey, president of the Semiconductor Industry Association, testified Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee calling counterfeit parts “a ticking time bomb.” China’s role in counterfeiting featured centrally in the Committee’s discussion of the problem. (If you have…

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Universal Power Reports Q3 Data

CARROLLTON, Texas — Universal Power Group, Inc. (NYSE Amex: UPG), a Texas-based distributor and supplier of batteries and related power accessories and a third-party logistics provider, today announced financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended Sept. 30, 2011. For the third quarter, UPG reported net income of $0.2 million, or $0.04 per…

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Digilent, Avnet Have Distribution Pact

PHOENIX — Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today announced that it has added Digilent, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Xilinx development boards, programming cables and embedded programming solutions, to its Americas offering. Digilent’s wide range of low-cost development boards augments Avnet’s existing Xilinx offering and provides customers with…

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Benchmark CEO Fu Retiring

ANGLETON, Texas — Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: BHE) announced today that co-founder Cary T. Fu has decided to retire from the Company effective December 31, 2011. Mr. Fu has agreed to provide consulting services to Benchmark through 2014, and he will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board through the end of 2012. The…

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Digi-Key, Clare Expand Agreement

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn., and BEVERLY, Mass. — Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, today announced that Clare semiconductor products will be available to Digi-Key customers worldwide. Clare, an IXYS Company, designs, manufactures, and markets high-voltage integrated circuits (ICs)…

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The Future of the Supply Chain

When Shakespeare wrote “All the world's a stage,” he couldn't have imagined the electronics supply chain. For better or worse, electronics is a global business that relies on complex relationships to work. In the past year, the supply chain has had more than its share of challenges, starting with the March disaster in Japan. And…

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