DRAM Price Reductions to Slow

Sometimes, it's easy to forget that what's bad news for buyers is actually good news for the industry. DRAM pricing is one such case. Buyers will be disappointed to learn that DRAM price reductions are going to slow down and eventually stall. Chip makers — DRAM vendors, in particular — can, for the moment, breathe…

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A Solution to the 450mm Equipment Problem

Another Semicon West event has come and gone. This was a good year. Although there are signs that things have slowed a bit, the general outlook for the semiconductor equipment industry was positive. In addition to the need for more semiconductor manufacturing capacity due to continued growth in tablet PCs, cellphones, and a host of…

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Third-Party Software Risks

Recently, {complink 8103|Coverity Inc.} commissioned the “Software Integrity Risk Report,” a study conducted with Forrester Consulting with an eye on quality and the software supply chain. More than 330 software development influencers were surveyed about their policies for managing software quality, security, and safety. The study confirmed what I have discussed previously — that third-party…

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Farnell E-Commerce Sales Pass 70%

LONDON — Farnell, the leading high service distributor now transacts more than 70% of its business in Europe via e-commerce channels, a figure which continues to grow as increasing numbers of customers select the web as their channel of choice, as part of the company’s multi-channel proposition. The first Farnell website, launched in 1996, laid…

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IBM Reports Q2

ARMONK, N.Y. — IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced second-quarter 2011 diluted earnings of $3.00 per share, compared with diluted earnings of $2.61 per share in the second quarter of 2010, an increase of 15 percent. Operating (non-GAAP) diluted earnings were $3.09 per share, compared with operating diluted earnings of $2.62 per share in the second…

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Avnet Introduces Bluetooth With Bluegiga

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Avnet Memec, a division of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), has inked a distribution agreement with Bluegiga Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of Bluetooth-based wireless module and access device products, including new Bluetooth 4.0 low-energy offerings. Bluegiga’s entire line of products is available from Avnet Electronics…

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Digi-Key’s TechXchangeSM Partners With EBN

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, today announced the addition of UBM Electronics' EBN as a valued community partner for Digi-Key's TechXchangeSM online engineering community. EBN is the market-leading interactive community site for senior…

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Finland Numbed by Nokia’s Travails

Once the pride of Finland, {complink 3847|Nokia Corp.} has lost its once-elevated position, not only in the ranks of the world's biggest high-tech companies but, more ominously, among Finns. Disappointed and hurt by the company's recent performance and actions initiated by the management to reduce operating costs, Finns who used to see Nokia as the…

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Companies Focus on Strategic Sourcing of Displays

There have been a number of moves in recent weeks that underscore the increasing importance of displays as part of manufacturers' overall sourcing strategies. Panel makers, such as {complink 4907|Sharp Electronics Corp.} and {complink 5648|Toshiba Corp.}, and consumers of displays, such as {complink 2125|Foxconn Electronics Inc.} and {complink 1259|Compal Electronics Inc.}, are shoring up their…

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ChipMOS Reports Q2

HSINCHU, Taiwan — ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES (Bermuda) LTD. (“ChipMOS” or the “Company'') (NASDAQ: IMOS) today reported its unaudited consolidated revenue for the month and quarter ending June 30, 2011. Revenue for the month of June 2011 was NT$1,526.7 million or US$53.0 million, a decrease of 6.5% from the month of May 2011 and a decrease of…

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