Readers: Yuan Needs a Booster Shot

Not surprisingly, a plurality — 36 percent — of readers responding to EBN’s latest online poll believe a stronger yuan would make their businesses more competitive against China. American manufacturers contend the Chinese yuan is undervalued by as much as 40 percent, according to MSNBC. This has cost millions of US manufacturing jobs by making…

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TI Opens Semiconductor Fab in China

CHENGDU, China — {complink 5703|Texas Instruments Inc.} has announced its first wafer fabrication facility, or “fab,” in China. This important milestone puts manufacturing close to the company’s growing customer base there. Located in the Chengdu High-tech Zone (CDHT), which is considered by many to be China’s next major technology hub, TI Chengdu will further expand…

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Fairchild Semiconductor Reports Q3

SAN JOSE, Calif. — {complink 1989|Fairchild Semiconductor International}, the leading global supplier of power and mobile products, today announced results for the third quarter ended September 26, 2010. Fairchild reported third quarter sales of $414.4 million, up one percent from the prior quarter and 25 percent higher than the third quarter of 2009. Fairchild reported…

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GE Acquires Opal Software

ATLANTA — GE has expanded its smart grid software portfolio with the acquisition of data migration and SCADA simulation specialists Opal Software. The acquisition allows GE’s Digital Energy business to deliver greater operational and network productivity to utility customers and increase the development speed and delivery of new solutions—securing GE as a smart grid technology…

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Molex SolarSpec Targets Green Energy

LISLE, Ill. — Molex will showcase its SolarSpec™ solutions at Solar Power International 2010, which is being held October 12-14, 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, CA. SolarSpec™ products are designed to support efficient, reliable and flexible interconnections for photovoltaic panels, solar trackers and concentrators, and solar inverters. “Our interconnect products drive innovation in…

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Micro Commercial Components Lauds Digi-Key

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn.–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 Micro Commercial Components (MCC) has named Digi-Key the “Distributor of the Decade.” Pamela Cheng, vice president of MCC, presented the award to Craig Bakke, product manager for MCC…

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Continental Divides

Another wave of environmental regulations is on the horizon and — not surprisingly — accelerating in markets targeted for significant growth in the electronics sector. Specifically, India, Mexico and Brazil are drafting hazardous materials restrictions, e-waste laws, recycling initiatives, and energy conservation measures. While most of these laws are modeled on the familiar EU RoHS…

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