The Big Keep Getting Bigger

Here are a couple of fairly safe forecasts for the global distribution market. First, many of the small to midsized companies that made this year's EBN/EE Times ranking of the world's biggest electronic component distributors will not be included in a future chart: Eventually they will be pulled into the warm and ever-expanding embrace of…

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SMIC to Manufacture Spansion’s 45nm Flash Memory

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & WUHAN, China — Spansion Inc. (NYSE: CODE), a leading provider of NOR Flash memory, and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (“SMIC”; NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 0981.HK), China's largest and most advanced semiconductor foundry, today announced they will extend their current foundry arrangement to expand 65nm capacity and include the manufacture of Spansion's 45nm Flash…

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Edge Electronics to Distribute Fingerprint Cards’ Technology

BOHEMIA, N.Y. — Biometric technology is no longer reserved for government agencies and major blockbuster movies—it’s soon to be seen in banking, security systems, and possibly your mobile phone. Consisting of methods for recognizing an individual’s identity through intrinsic physical characteristics, the world of biometrics, specifically fingerprint scanning, has come to Long Island. Based in…

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The Daunting Economics of Innovation

The convergence of mobility, communication, and computing has produced multifunctional end applications that are placing huge demands on semiconductor manufacturers. These new devices require low power, high performance, and a lot of advanced manufacturing capacity at a low cost. At the 2011 Semico Summit, Gregg Bartlett, senior vice president of technology and research and development…

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Defense Bill Calls for Rare Earth Plan

WASHINGTON — The United States Magnetic Materials Association (“USMMA”), a trade association dedicated to restoring a competitive, secure, end-to-end rare earth supply chain to support the domestic manufacturing of rare earth permanent magnets, welcomes the inclusion of important and timely rare earth-related language in the Fiscal Year 2012 National Defense Authorization bill (H.R. 1540) that…

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Nvidia Reports Q1

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today reported revenue of $962.0 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 ended May 1, 2011, up 8.5 percent from the prior quarter, and down 4.0 percent from $1.0 billion from the same period a year earlier. On a GAAP basis, the company recorded net income of…

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Kemet Reports Q4 & FY Results

GREENVILLE, S.C. — KEMET Corporation (NYSE: KEM) today reported preliminary results for the fourth fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2011. Net sales for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 were $261.5 million, which is a 22.8% increase over the same quarter last fiscal year. On a U.S. GAAP basis, net income was $21.1 million, or…

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Allied Named Distributor of the Year by L-com

FORT WORTH, Texas — Allied Electronics was recently recognized by L-com Global Connectivity as Distributor of the Year. Allied received the award for leading L-com's distribution channel with the top sales results and fastest growth. Earle Durham, L-com's Chief Revenue Officer, comments: “We are pleased to present Allied Electronics with this award. They have made…

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