Broadcom Completes Percello Buy

IRVINE, Calif. — Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Percello Ltd., a privately-held company that develops system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for femtocells. In connection with the acquisition, Broadcom paid approximately $86 million to acquire all of the outstanding shares…

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Next for Your Consideration: Vietnam

Vietnam as a low-cost manufacturing center received some attention in the early 2000s but was quickly overshadowed by the popularity of China. Although a number of economies are vying to be the next hub of high-tech, a report from Frost & Sullivan says Vietnam’s demographic is highly favorable for the electronics industry. “Vietnam’s electronics industry…

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Avnet to Distribute Energy Micro in Asia

HONG KONG — Following successful pan-European and panAmerican distribution agreements between Energy Micro and Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), Avnet Electronics Marketing Asia, a business region of Avnet, Inc., has signed a contract for distribution of Energy Micro’s ultra low power EFM32 Gecko microcontroller. This means that Avnet now represents Energy Micro in Asia, Europe and…

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SMSC Acquires Symwave

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — SMSC (NASDAQ: SMSC), a leading semiconductor company creating valued connectivity ecosystems, today announced that it has acquired Symwave, Inc. (Symwave), a global fabless semiconductor company supplying high-performance analog/mixed-signal connectivity solutions utilizing proprietary technology, IP and silicon design capabilities. Symwave’s suite of SuperSpeed USB 3.0 compliant products and core technology deliver up to…

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Synopsys & SMIC Team on SoC

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and SHANGHAI — Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing, and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (“SMIC”; NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981), today announced that they have delivered a comprehensive solution for system-on-chip (SoC) design for SMIC’s advanced 65-nanometer (nm) process. The solution integrates…

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SMIC Invests in Brite

SHANGHAI — Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (“SMIC”, NYSE: SMI and HKSE: 981), China’s leading foundry, today announced an agreement to invest in Brite Semiconductor, a Shanghai-based IC design and turnkey service company. The agreement allows Brite to provide customers with complete semiconductor design and manufacturing solutions based upon SMIC’s leading foundry and IP technology. Value-added…

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Five Sources of Risk in 2011

The Charlie Barnhart & Associates Composite Risk Index continues to climb, indicating accelerating risk for the electronics manufacturing industry. However, with the announcements of a return to growth, and most analysts saying there’s no danger of a double-dip recession, where does the risk come from? Our latest analysis indicates these five sources of risk: Cost…

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Avoiding the Competition

One of the more sensitive issues in the supply chain is competition. Distributors, for example, don’t compete with their suppliers by selling their own products. But Avnet Inc.’s specialty semiconductor division, EBV Elektronik, has developed a way to sell its own chips without stepping on suppliers’ toes. EBN’s sister publication, EETimes, reported today that EBV…

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