Digi-Key to Distribute Phihong Products

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn., and FREMONT, Calif. — Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry’s broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, and Phihong USA, one of the most trusted names in power electronics, today announced the two companies have entered into an agreement in which Digi-Key…

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Mouser Stocking Freescale ColdFire

MANSFIELD, Texas — Mouser Electronics, Inc., known for its rapid introduction of the newest products, today announced it is stocking new product from Freescale Semiconductor. Freescale Semiconductor MCF51EM devices are smart-meter-on-a-chip 32-bit ColdFire V1 Microcontrollers with an embedded LCD controller, a 16-bit analog to digital converter, and metrology-specific peripherals optimized for smart meter applications. These…

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Mitsubishi Electric Acquires Vincotech

TOKYO — Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503)(hereafter “Mitsubishi Electric”) has announced that Mitsubishi Electric and The Gores Group have entered into a Share Purchase Agreement on the acquisition of Vincotech group, a manufacturer of electronic components (hereafter “Vincotech”) based in Germany. Having its main business activities in Europe, Vincotech specializes in the development, manufacturing (assembly testing…

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Applied Materials Strikes Deal With Samsung

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT) announced that it has entered into a settlement agreement (the “Agreement”) with Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (“Samsung”). The Agreement resolves potential civil claims and removes the risk of civil litigation between the parties relating to the alleged acquisition, misappropriation and misuse of Samsung confidential semiconductor information…

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Hon Hai’s Huge Size Redefines EMS Hierarchy

The electronic manufacturing services (EMS) industry historically has long segmented itself into tiers, with companies classified into the first, second, and third levels based on their annual revenues. However, with Hon Hai Precision Industries Ltd. alone now commanding more than 50 percent of industry sales, the question now arises whether the tier system still represents…

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Plexus Expands in Germany

NEENAH, Wis. — Plexus Corp. (Nasdaq:PLXS), announced that it has entered into an agreement to lease an approximately 15,000 sq ft space in the Europa Arkaden building in Darmstadt, Germany. The space will house a design center including engineering offices and product development facilities consistent with other Plexus design centers around the globe that provide…

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PerkinElmer Unit Re-Launched as Excelitas

WALTHAM, Mass. — With a continued focus on delivering innovative, customized technology products and solutions to its global commercial and defense customers, the former Illumination and Detection Solutions (IDS) business of PerkinElmer was formally re-launched today as Excelitas Technologies Corp. Now owned by private equity firm Veritas Capital, Excelitas Technologies has 3,000 employees, manufacturing operations…

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