What not to look for in 2011

High-tech companies may talk the talk when it comes to green, but when it comes to prioritizing supply chain goals, sustainability ranks low on companies' “to do” list. A survey conducted by {complink 7014|IDC} and UPS ranks sustainability as a top priority for only 19 percent of the high-tech companies surveyed. IDC's Simon Ellis wrote…

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Broadcom Completes Gigle Networks Buy

IRVINE, CA — Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Gigle Networks Inc., a privately-held company that develops system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for home networking over power lines. In connection with the acquisition, Broadcom paid approximately $75 million to acquire…

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Mouser Stocks Exar Transceiver

MANSFIELD, TX — Mouser Electronics, Inc., known for its rapid introduction of the newest products, today announced it is stocking new product from Exar. Exar SP337E multiprotocol transceivers contain both RS-232 and RS-485/422 line drivers and receivers. The RS-232 mode provides three drivers and five receivers to support all eight signals commonly used in the…

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How counterfeits enter the gray market

Editor's note: This is not a “how-to” guide Marc Hermann recently got to view a marketplace for counterfeit electronics fist hand. (See: A Gray Market for Electronics.) Marc's post also raised some questions regarding a “black” market vs. a “gray” market. Without delving into legal definitions, my sense is that the word “gray” has been…

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The Case for Distribution’s Open Market

For those in the electronics supply chain the acquisition of {complink 11309|Converge}, one of the largest “brokers” in the world, by {complink 453|Arrow Electronics Inc.}, the No. 1 global franchise distributor, should raise a few eyebrows. It does seem a curious move since the major executives in the authorized distribution channel typically like to avoid…

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ADI Wins In MEMS Patent Case

NORWOOD, MA — Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI), a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal-processing applications, announced today that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled decisively in favor of Analog Devices in its lawsuit against Knowles Electronics. Administrative Law Judge Robert K. Rogers, Jr. concluded that Knowles infringes valid claims from one of…

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Rambus, Renesas in Patent Pact

SUNNYVALE, CA — Rambus Inc. (Nasdaq:RMBS), one of the world’s premier technology licensing companies, announced today it has renewed its patent license agreement with Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723). Renesas Technology Corp. and NEC Electronics Corporation, merged in April 2010 to form Renesas Electronics. This agreement covers the use of Rambus patented innovations in a broad…

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