ULIS, CEA/Leti Form R&D Project

VEUREY-VOROIZE, France — ULIS, a manufacturer of high-quality infrared imaging sensors for thermography, security, automotive and military applications announced today that the company will collaborate with CEA/Leti, a leading international technology research centre, in a project to develop and market a new line of infrared (IR) sensors. Budgeted at EUR 26m, the R&D project will…

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Heilind Offers Autosplice Clips

WILMINGTON, Mass. — Heilind Electronics, the largest interconnect distributor in North America, is now stocking maxi, midi and mini shield clips from Autosplice. Autosplice maxi, midi and mini shield clips are a cost-effective alternative to hand soldering. The miniaturized design allows for tape and reel packaging compatible with standard high-speed placement equipment. RFI shield clips…

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Fairchild Lowers Q3 Guidance

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE: FCS), a leading global supplier of high performance power and mobile products, today revised guidance for the third quarter of 2011. Fairchild now expects sales to be $400 to $410 million compared to previous guidance of $433 to $446 million. Adjusted gross margin is expected to be in…

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HP Chooses the Lesser of Two Evils

From the supply chain standpoint, {complink 2376|Hewlett-Packard Co.} is making a smart move on the last-run production of its TouchPad. It might be the only move in a series of HP blunders that makes sense. (See: Bumbling HP Strikes Again.) The purpose of the production run, analysts say, is to use up pre-purchased components. Even…

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Judging Supply Chain Performance

Most global companies with a manufacturing footprint in multiple regions of the world find their similar-looking inbound component supply chains actually behave and perform very differently across various sites. Companies are surprised to see variations in component pricing, lead times, safety stock levels, upside buffer inventory levels, package quantities, and several other factors, which ultimately…

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SIA Reports Sales Boost

WASHINGTON — The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors were $24.9 billion for the month of July 2011, essentially flat from prior month, but 3.2 percent higher than the same period last year on a year to date basis. All monthly sales…

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