Countering Counterfeits

Counterfeiting is a major problem for the electronics industry. That much is well known and acknowledged by everyone with a stake in the market. The good news is that the industry has been taking steps to combat the problem with some success. As mentioned in our previous post, Kristal Snyder and the Electronic Resellers Association…

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Made in, But Can’t Be Used in, China

It's a peculiar paradox that an iPhone produced in Shenzhen cannot be used in China the way it can be used elsewhere because the Chinese government has developed one of the world's most effective information suppression systems. The person who made my computer can't find this story via EBN's Twitter feed, for example, because the…

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VC Firms Looking for a Few Good EEs

The debate about available engineering talent, particularly in the US, ebbs and flows depending on a number of factors: the job market, engineering grads, and, of course, competition in the marketplace. Now it appears there's a new source of concern for companies that are trying to recruit innovative engineers: venture capital firms. An article that…

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9 Key Trends in Green Supply Chain

Until recently, sustainability and “greening” the supply chain largely meant keeping up with regional, national, and global regulations on carbon emissions, hazardous materials, and recycling. {complink 7426|Gartner Inc.}, though, is now seeing a major shift away from regulator-driven sustainability models to total energy efficiency priorities. During a Webinar this week, Hiranya Fernando, a Gartner senior…

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Digi-Key Welcomes Partner EE Life

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', EE Life as a valued community partner for Digi-Key's TechXchangeSM online engineering community. EE Life is the first social networking community…

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Fairchild Semiconductor Reports Q2

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE: FCS), a leading global supplier of high performance power and mobile products, today announced results for the second quarter ended June 26, 2011. Fairchild reported second quarter sales of $433.2 million, up 5 percent from the prior quarter and 6 percent higher than the second quarter of 2010.…

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5 Ways a US Default/Downgrade Could Hit Electronics

Electronics industry executives are notoriously reluctant to comment on events in the larger economy or in the political sphere. That hasn't changed even now, despite heated US debt/budgetary talks and ominous warnings from economists about events in the country. On Wednesday, President Obama abruptly ended discussions with congressional leaders, reportedly out of frustration. Federal Reserve…

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