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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Stop Gorging on China

Diversify, diversify, and then diversify some more. This is the cardinal principle top-rated investors and manufacturers swear by. So why have so many Western economies, industrial manufacturers, and the high-tech sector repeatedly violated this tenet by moving en masse to China starting in the 1980s and accelerating through the 1990s to now? It's a question…

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Tyco Issues Dividend

SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland — Tyco Electronics Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) today announced that the $0.16 per share quarterly dividend for the first fiscal quarter of 2011 will be payable on Dec. 15, 2010 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Dec. 7, 2010, subject to a required filing with the Swiss Commercial Register. The…

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How Practical Are 01005-Size Chip Resistors?

From a supplier standpoint 01005-size chip resistors require very advanced thick film deposition equipment with extremely tight process control as well as more advanced thick film materials. Beyond that, they require advanced laser trimming systems for calibration and very precise breaking equipment and processes to treat them. But maybe the most absurd of all the…

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Avnet to Distribute Micross Products

PHOENIX — Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), has signed a distribution agreement with high-reliability, memory producer Micross Components (formerly Austin Semiconductor). The agreement will enable both companies to bring Micross Components’ entire line of QML-certified (qualified manufacturers list) and ISO 9001/AS9100 registered semiconductor products to the military, aerospace,…

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