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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Keep the Suez Canal Open

Is the Suez Canal open? The short answer is yes. This matters for any electronics manufacturer — or anyone, really — trying to ship anything westward from Asia by sea. The Egyptian port city of Suez has been a focus of demonstrations during the past week’s revolt against the Cairo government. But several sources, notably…

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Digi-Key Inks Global Pact With Techflex

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corp., recognized by design engineers as having the industry's broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, and Techflex, a globally recognized specialist in the engineering and manufacture of advanced sleeving solutions, today announced the two companies have entered into an agreement in which Digi-Key…

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Avnet EM Releases Xilinx Spartan-6 LX9 MicroBoard

PHOENIX — Global electronic components and embedded solutions distributor, Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), announces the availability of the Xilinx Spartan®-6 LX9 FPGA MicroBoard. Available for $89.00, this comprehensive kit was created for designers who are either interested in using or are currently using off-the-shelf microcontrollers, and are…

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Sales Without Borders

If the electronics industry is so global, why do regional distinctions continue to be so important? This question occurred to me when an astute EBN reader asked why optimism among US CEOs was such good news for the global economy.(See: CEOs More Confident, But….) That's not too tough — the US is a huge export…

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