‘Business as Usual’ For Microchip/Microsemi Distributors

Microchip Technology Inc.’s $10.1 billion acquisition of Microsemi Corp. will not have a short-term impact on the suppliers’ distribution relationships, Microchip chairman and CEO Steve Sanghi told analysts last week. Microchip conducts business with many of Microsemi’s distributors, he added, and post-merger channel relationships will be jointly evaluated after the deal is closed. For the…


Just Like Being There: APEX 2018 & the STEM Workforce of the Future

Little is more important to the electronics manufacturing industry and its supply chain than training the workforce of the future. Skill shortages threaten to slow innovation, research, and development efforts, as well as put industries and regions at risk. According to government statistics, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workers command higher wages, earning 29%…


Digi-Key Launches WeChat Part Search at Electronica China 2018

During Electronica China in Shanghai March 14-16, 2018, visitors are encouraged to stop by Digi-Key Electronics’ booth located at E5.5324 for the chance to learn about the new WeChat feature – Part Search, as well as receive free gifts, including a backpack and charging cable, and speak with company representatives about how their breadth of product, tools, and services…


Vishay MLCCs

Vishay Offers Alternatives to EOL MLCCs

Vishay Intertechnology Inc. is offering a number of multilayer chip capacitors (MLCCs) that may be used as alternatives for end-of-life (EOL) commodity parts. Several component manufacturers have recently announced EOL product change notifications (PCNs) for select NPO, X7R and X5R ceramic capacitors. “A lot of customers don’t realize we manufacture these parts unless they are in…


3 Real Ways IIoT Disrupts Supply Chains

Most industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) implementations have been undertaken by early adopters trying to get an advantage over their competitors. These projects have a number of different objectives, but typically fall into three basic categories – more efficient operations, improved customer experience, or new revenue opportunities. Image courtesy: Pixabay   These projects are not…


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APEC Product Roundup: BOM and Space Savers

APEC is a leading conference for power electronics that showcases the latest innovations in power products. The overriding themes at this year’s show are system cost reduction through integration and lower bill of materials (BOM); faster time to market and simplifying design. Power electronics manufacturers also are keenly focused on delivering higher efficiency and cutting…