Conflict Minerals Tracking Tool in the Works

One of the most difficult challenges with any new regulatory initiative is establishing a standard for the measurement of compliance. For example, when the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive was being developed –- banning lead and other substances from electronics products sold in the EU — establishing a baseline for exempt products…

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Digi-Key Stocks Xilinx FPGAs

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, announced the addition of Xilinx’s Spartan-6 FPGAs to its programmable logic portfolio. The Xilinx, Spartan-6 FPGA family delivers an optimal balance of low risk, low cost, low power,…

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Electronics & What Kids Want

The electronics industry always talks about the end-consumer market in a rather impersonal way: There are those buyers in mature, saturated markets; the new middle-class buyers living in emerging markets; the first-mover buyers who sleep in front of shop doors so they can be the first to have the latest gadget; and the women who…

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FedEx Freight Rates Rise

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — FedEx Freight, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), will implement a 6.75% general rate increase (GRI) effective Sept. 6, 2011. This rate increase applies to FedEx Freight shipments within the contiguous U.S., between the contiguous U.S. and Canada, and within Canada. The rate for cross-border FedEx Freight shipments between the U.S.…

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The Many Benefits of FeedThru Capacitors

Three-terminal capacitor filters (also called FeedThru capacitors) are being widely accepted in designs ranging from satellites and cell phones to automobiles and SMART grid controllers. The list of viable applications is growing rapidly as these capacitors evolve into smaller packages that can handle more current at higher temperatures. FeedThru capacitor filters appeal to design engineers…

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Mouser, Cree Sign Distribution Pact

DALLAS & FORT WORTH, Texas — Mouser Electronics, Inc., a top design engineering resource and global distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, today announced that it has signed a global distribution agreement with Cree, a worldwide leader in LED lighting and silicon carbide (SiC) power products. The global agreement enables lighting designers worldwide to quickly…

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5 Benefits of Lifecycle Segmentation

If much of your time is spent addressing supply chain problems, a transition to supply chain product lifecycle segmentation will alleviate the pain. Based on our experience, you should expect to reap some combination of the following benefits: Revenue improvement of up to 4 percent of annual sales by focusing high availability where it's most…

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