America II Adds Eight New Franchise Lines

St. Petersburg, Fla. — America II Electronics, Inc., one of the world’s largest distributors of semiconductors and electronic components, today announced it has signed franchise distribution agreements with eight manufacturers. The company added Kontech USA, EMS Technologies, Power-Sonic Corporation, Global Circuit Innovations, Iskra, Toplite, Pastomold and Quectel Wireless Solutions Co. Ltd. to its global line…

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NASA Approves AVX’s X7R BME MLCCs

Fountain Inn, S.C. (July 20, 2015) – AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has announced that, after several years of extensive testing, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has approved its space-level X7R base metal electrode (BME) multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) for use in US military and aerospace applications…

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Gartner Reduces Chip CapEx Forecast

Weakness in both the euro and the yen has  dragged down the semiconductor equipment spending forecast, according to Gartner. Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to grow 2.5 percent in 2015, to $66.1 billion,  down from the 4.1 percent growth predicted in the previous quarter’s forecast. “Since the previous quarter’s forecast, continued weakness in the…

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Vishay Awards TTI

TTI, Inc., a world leading specialist distributor of passive, connector, electromechanical and discrete components, has been named “2014 Passives Distributor of the Year” by Vishay Intertechnology. The prestigious award recognizes outstanding performance using the criteria of sales growth, demand creation, field operation and inventory management throughout the year. On presenting the award, Philippe Masson, Senior…

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Robot Love: It’s all about the Sensors

Tomorrow’s home care robots are more likely to adopt a human-like appearance rather than Paro’s Pinnipedian form factor. Even the first-generation products include rudimentary attempts to offer emotional comfort. The head of the Kompaï robot from Robosoft features a “face,” for example, while the Giraff robot from Sweden’s Giraff Technologies AB displays a screen image…

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Celestica Honors Sisense

New York, N.Y. — Sisense today announced it has been recognized as an honoree in the 2014 Total Cost of Ownership (TCOO™) Supplier Award program from Celestica, a global leader in the delivery of end-to-end product lifecycle solutions. Celestica’s awards program recognizes suppliers that support Celestica’s TCOO™ strategy and demonstrate excellence in quality, delivery, technology, service,…

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IC Insights Raises Growth Forecast for IoT

Thanks to much stronger growth in wearable systems after the launch of Apple’s smartwatches in April, IC Insights has increased its forecast for total Internet of Things (IoT) sales in 2015. The market researcher expects revenues for network communications, sensing, and control functions in subsystems and devices attached to IoT to grow 29 percent in…

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