China RoHS Inches Forward

After more than three years of holding its breath, the global electronics industry is getting some clarification on China’s long-awaited RoHS environmental standard. “Some three and a half years late there finally looks to be movement on defining China RoHS,” writes Premier Farnell plc’s head of legislation Gary Nevison on his blog. However, Nevison tells…

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Can Nokia’s App Contest Boost Sales?

With surprising speed, {complink 3847|Nokia Corp.} has come out of the gate with a worldwide marketing campaign for its new mobile phone. Nokia’s Create for Millions contest, launched June 28, is targeted at uniting global consumers and developers around the Nokia Series 40. The company is offering cash and prizes for submissions of Java or…

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Kyocera to Acquire Unimerco Group

KYOTO, Japan & NEUSS, Germany — Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971)(President: Tetsuo Kuba; herein “Kyocera”) today announced that its wholly-owned Germany-based subsidiary Kyocera Fineceramics GmbH (President: Shigeru Koyama; herein “KFG”) has completed a share purchase agreement regarding the Denmark-based industrial cutting tool manufacturing and sales company Unimerco Group A/S (CEO: Kenneth Iversen; herein “Unimerco”). Effective July 11,…

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Renesas to Close Tokyo Device Division

TOKYO, Japan — Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced its plan to close the Tokyo Device Division (Ome, Tokyo) of Renesas Eastern Japan Semiconductor, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Renesas Electronics, near the end of March 2012. Renesas plans to proceed with the necessary measures while…

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Altair Opens Regional Headquarters in India

HOD HASHARON, Israel — Altair Semiconductor (http://www.altair-semi.com), the world’s leading developer of ultra-low power, small footprint and high performance LTE chipsets, announced today that it has opened a new office in India to be headed by industry veteran Salaj Sinha. The new facility will handle all Indian operations and provide business and technical support for…

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RF Monolithics Reports Q3

DALLAS, Texas — RF Monolithics, Inc. (NASDAQ: RFMI) today reported sales of $8.3 million for its third quarter ended May 31, 2011, representing a 9.3% increase from $7.6 million in sales for the second quarter of the current year but a 4.9% decrease from $8.7 million in sales for the third quarter of FY 2010.…

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The Cloud Hits a Cold Front

In spite of the benefits touted by proponents of cloud computing, potential users, including small businesses, aren’t convinced the cloud lives up to its hype. Of more than 1,000 small businesses polled in June by Newtek Business Services, The Small Business Authority, nearly half (48 percent) said they do not believe the cloud will reduce…

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Best-Practices for Managing Material Costs, Part 1

A cursory look at interactions between electronic OEMs and EMS providers clearly indicates the complexity that exists between supply chain partners. There are significant challenges associated with engineering, manufacturing, and distribution, and these areas are often noted when discussing industry dynamics. However, there is as much complexity involved with other less visible processes such as…

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Mouser’s Product Knowledge Sites Exceed 1,000

MANSFIELD, Texas — Mouser Electronics, Inc., a top design engineering resource and global distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, today announced it has surpassed more than 1,000 Product Knowledge training sites that focus on the newest products and technologies. “Our business focus has always been on the design engineer, and we are always striving to…

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