Silica Launches Microcontroller Suite

POING, Germany — SILICA today announced the launch of a major growth programme called Core 'n More, which provides a focus for the company's comprehensive portfolio of microcontroller solutions, tools, software support and design-in services. “Core 'n More will help customers to build smarter applications with the industry's widest microcontroller choice in the shortest time…

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They Need Your Supply Chain

Those pesky high-tech companies just never stop innovating. They never stop fighting for survival in an increasingly commoditized market either. Recently, the two of us have poked our heads into an emerging trend that embodies both the spunky innovation and the bare-knuckled alley fights for which our industry is renowned. While we’re not entirely sure…

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Fending Off the Budget-Planning Monster

Supply chain professionals face this dilemma all too often: How can they lower supply and materials costs while keeping supplier and customer relationships intact? Obviously, in the current economic environment this juggling act takes on even greater importance, and, based on the handful of articles and reports released these last couple of weeks, the results…

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Nintendo 3DS Please

I’m normally not a big fan of 3D with the gimmicky movie effects, clunky glasses, and the inevitable headache and eyestrain that comes with it. But Nintendo seems to have circumvented many of these issues with its upcoming Nintendo 3DS handheld device. At the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show the 3DS was a big hit with…

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The Art of Pricing

Buyers want to get good value for their money, and sellers want a good return on what is sold. Coming to agreement on what price satisfies both parties involves a process of negotiation. When someone buys, it is a cost; when someone sells, it is a price. Supply chain professionals are on the buy side…

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Illusions of Victory

The verdict is in. Almost 60 percent of EBN readers believe Android from {complink 2294|Google} will dominate the market for operating systems used in smartphones and tablet devices, followed by {complink 379|Apple Inc.} with a respectable 23 percent. The Windows operating system from {complink 3426|Microsoft Corp.} received the endorsement of only 6 percent of the…

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Digi-Key Expands Intersil Product Offering

THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN — 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 it has added 259 new Intersil products to its expansive offering of electronic components. “We are excited to add these new products to our Intersil line…

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European EMS Market Still on Shaky Ground

Despite strong growth in 2010, the European electronics manufacturing services (EMS) market remains fraught with risk, with reduced government spending and high unemployment resulting in lower-than-average revenue increases during the next few years, according to a new IHS iSuppli research. The EMS industry in Europe grew nicely in 2010, reaching approximately $29.7 billion, up more…

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Stress in Forecast for IC Supply Chain

December’s World Semiconductor Trade Statistics results were as boring as they were predictable, with no serious data revisions (thankfully) and the results right where we expected. December’s year-on-year IC unit growth was 8.9 percent that, with the 3.5 percent growth in average selling prices (ASPs), yielded a respectable double-digit value growth of 12.8 percent. This…

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