Access Trumps Internet Ownership Concerns

Recent estimates show the number of Internet users verged on the 2 billion threshold in the second half of 2010. Several issues arise around the implications of this user penetration, but as a result of recent political events, perhaps the most sensitive factor many are now considering worldwide is the ownership — perceived or real…

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Freescale Appoints McCranie

AUSTIN, Texas — Freescale Semiconductor Holdings I, Ltd. today appointed J. Daniel McCranie to its board of directors. Mr. McCranie fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Kevin Burns, a partner at TPG Capital. Mr. McCranie brings nearly 40 years of sales and marketing experience in the semiconductor and communications industries to his new…

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Digi-Key Recognized as Founding Member

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry’s broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, today announced its role as a founding member of the China Electronics Distributor Alliance (CEDA). CEDA was established in order to promote franchised distributors’ value-added services, to strengthen cooperation…

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International Rectifier Acquires CHiL Semiconductor

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — International Rectifier Corporation (IR) (NYSE:IRF) announced today the completion of its acquisition of privately held CHiL Semiconductor Corporation (CHiL). The Company previously announced its proposed acquisition of CHiL on February 25, 2011. The acquisition expands IR’s technology by adding a leading digital power management platform that improves energy efficiency in a…

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Western Digital-Hitachi Deal Adds to Pressure on Seagate

{complink 4842|Seagate Technology LLC} executives must confront the harsh reality the company could be further sidelined in the hard disk drive market, following today's announcement of an agreement for {complink 6308|Western Digital Corp.} to purchase {complink 2396|Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST)} for $4.3 billion. The investment market's reaction to the news says it all.…

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Avnet Kicks Off Design Strategies

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Avnet Electronics Marketing, a business group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), together with ARM, kicked off its global Design Strategies for ARM® Systems technical seminar series last week – with the successful launch of the first two North American seminars. These seminars educated a total of nearly 200 design engineers on ways…

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Apple in Its Castle, Google in Space: Where’s MeeGo?

Of the technology trends showing remarkable resistence to change, naming multibillion-dollar institutions with baby-talk words is among the most curious. Yahoo! is more fun to say than is International Business Machines. We've already passed through a diaper reference (Napster), dozens of monsters (the actual Monster.com and a host of –zillas), and {complink 2294|Google}, which may…

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Semiconductor Sales Grow

WASHINGTON — The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors were $25.5 billion for the month of January 2011, a gain of 1.5 percent from the prior month when sales were $25.2 billion. Sales increased by 14.0% from $22.4 billion in January 2010.…

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