International Rectifier Announces Q3

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — International Rectifier Corporation (NYSE:IRF) today announced financial results for the third quarter (ended March 27, 2011) of its fiscal year 2011. Revenue for the third quarter fiscal year 2011 was $296.7 million, a 5.3% increase from $281.7 million in the second quarter fiscal year 2011 and a 22.7% increase from $241.9…

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WEEE! Unrealistic Goals?

Europe may be overreaching with its environmental compliance laws. Don’t get me wrong. I believe state, federal, and international environmental regulations are good. Without them, do you really think recycling programs would have created themselves or organizations would have willingly stopped producing devices containing harmful substances? But then a story in The Economist reminded me…

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Semiconductor Industry Has Strong Q1

WASHINGTON — The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors were $25.3 billion for the month of March 2011, a 2.5 percent increase from the prior month when sales were $24.7 billion, and an increase of 8.6 percent from March 2010 when sales…

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Avnet Logistics Promotes Robert Brenner

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Avnet Logistics, the global logistics and warehousing arm of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT) has promoted Robert Brenner to senior vice president of logistics warehousing and distribution for the Americas, reporting to Jim Smith, president of Avnet Logistics. A 15-year veteran of the electronics industry, Brenner is responsible for Avnet’s warehousing and logistics infrastructure,…

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InfoWorld Names FedEx Green IT Star

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world’s largest express transportation company, today announced that its Enterprise Data Center-West (EDC-W), located in Colorado Springs, Colo., is now LEED Gold certified under the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) Rating System for New Construction and is a winner of IDG’s…

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ECIA Launches Inventory Search Website

Atlanta, Ga. — The Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) has launched the first industry-owned and managed inventory search website. The site provides authorized inventory only. ECIA distributor members have the opportunity to list their inventory on www.eciaauthorized.com at no charge through July 30th, 2011. This valuable benefit is available exclusively to ECIA members. Customers looking…

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Arrow Acquires Cross Telecom

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) announced that the company has acquired Cross Telecom (“Cross”), a leading North American service provider of converged and internet protocol technologies and unified communications. Cross’ portfolio of solutions and services includes voice, data, Internet-protocol telephony, wireless and CrossNet maintenance and support provided to Fortune 1000 customers. “This acquisition…

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TI-NSC Merger a Positive for the Channel

Whenever there is a merger or acquisition among component makers, there inevitably is uncertainty within the supply chain. In a case such as {complink 5703|Texas Instruments Inc.} and {complink 3614|National Semiconductor Corp.}, the distribution channel in particular is affected. Only about a decade ago, such a merger would have channel partners wondering whether the duo…

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Hardware Trumps Software, Sort of

Another significant milestone in the evolution of {complink 379|Apple Inc.} is being marked this week. {complink 3426|Microsoft Corp.}, the long-term nemesis of the consumer electronics company, announced its first-quarter results, and the numbers showed the software vendor’s revenue had fallen behind Apple’s for the first time in about 20 years. It’s a triumph of sort,…

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