Altair Semiconductor Raises $26 Million

HOD HASHARON, Israel — Altair Semiconductor (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 completed a $26 million round of funding, led by Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP). All of Altair's existing investors, including BRM, Bessemer Venture Partners, Giza Venture Capital and Pacific Technology…

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America II Signs Agreement with Tekmos

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — America II Electronics, Inc., one of the world’s largest independent distributors of semiconductors and passive components, has entered into a global distribution agreement with Tekmos, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company that specializes in replacement solutions for obsolete microcontrollers as well as FPGA, CPLD and ASIC conversions from manufacturers such as Xilinx®,…

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Rise in E-Purchasing Apps Offers Buyers New Tools & Challenges

The electronic purchasing software market will grow 12 percent in 2011 to $4.4 billion with e-procurement and e-sourcing remaining the two largest product categories, according to a {complink 7329|Forrester Research Inc.} report. The study, which highlights opportunities, suggests increased activity for new companies entering the market to support the high-tech industry. Makers of enterprise resource…

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AnalogicTech Updates Compensation Plan

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Advanced Analogic Technologies, Inc. (“AnalogicTech” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: AATI), an analog semiconductor company focused on powering innovative solutions in consumer electronics, computing, and communications markets, today announced that Samuel J. Anderson, Chairman of the Board of AnalogicTech, and Richard K. Williams, President, CEO and CTO of AnalogicTech, declined the special…

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GPU War Goes Mobile, Pitching AMD vs. ARM vs. Intel

The world's largest graphics processing unit (GPU) suppliers are split over what central processing units (CPUs) to combine with their graphics devices for mobile applications. While {complink 103|Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD)} backs the performance and compatibility features that x86 designs offer, {complink 3926|Nvidia Corp.} is packing low-power {complink 444|ARM Ltd.} cores with its graphics…

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Intel Capital Invests $20 Million in Kno

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Intel Capital, Intel Corporation’s global investment organization, today announced a $20 million investment in Kno Inc., an education software company. The investment is part of a $30 million Series-C round led by Intel Capital, which includes participation from Andreessen Horowitz, Advance Publications, First Round Capital, FLOODGATE and SV Angels. Kno will…

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RS Components Launches RS Partsfinder

OXFORD, United Kingdom — RS Components (RS) the world’s largest high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products and the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), has launched RS Partsfinder, a simple, free browser plug-in that enables instant access to the searchable RS database of over 300,000 products from any web page. Users simply highlight…

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What’s in a Name?

Digi-Key's announcement that it will no longer be printing catalogues raises an interesting question: Should Digi-Key continue to be referred to as a “catalogue” distributor? This particular dilemma isn't unique to Digi-Key. During recent interviews for EBN's Top 25 Distributor supplement, I've spoken with several companies traditionally classified as catalogue distributors: {complink 12966|Allied Electronics Inc.},…

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