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Intel/Altera Could be a Distribution Game-Changer

Altera Corp.’s acquisition by Intel Corp. looks like a sure winner in all ways but one: Altera’s distribution channel. FPGA maker Altera and its closest rival Xilinx Inc. are two of the last suppliers practicing an unofficial distribution policy called “shelf-sharing.” Under shelf-sharing, a supplier refuses to be sold by (or “share shelf” with) any…

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Membrane Potentiometers Open Up New Design Opportunities

Membrane potentiometers are mature components with more than twenty years in the industry, and can be used in the same applications as traditional potentiometers. Over the years, the technology has made some significant advances making them a competitive alternative to traditional linear and rotary position sensors. Key technical parameters that designers should consider when selecting…

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Intel: Still Betting Big Bucks on Change

Intel Corp. has reached a deal to acquire Altera Corp. for $16.7 billion in continuation of a multi-year effort by the company to widen its offerings and transform into an enterprise able to sell components into new markets, including faster-growing data center and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The planned acquisition of Altera, a leading…

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Is NAND Flash in Limbo? Channel Pricing and Corporate Strategies

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Such is one version of the current tale in the NAND flash market as seasonally weak demand hangs on and prices limp along. Given how impressive 2014 was for a good chunk of the global semiconductor and electronics supply chain, it’s a good time to check midstream channel…

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SID: Top 10 Trends in Display Technology

The global display industry continues to grow, with new technologies enabling a host of emerging products and applications. Because displays are the human-interface component for so many electronics products, their importance to devices could rival microprocessors. According to Sri Peruvemba, CEO of Marketer International and Head of Marketing for the Society for Information Display, these…

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Dialog Semiconductors Enters White Goods Market

London, UK – Dialog Semiconductor plc has entered the white goods sector with the launch of two power control integrated circuits that address reliability while reducing bill-of-materials (BOM) costs without compromising power supply performance. The expanded power conversion portfolio now includes AC/DC AccuSwitch PWM controllers that use primary-side regulation to eliminate the need for optocouplers,…

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Semiconductor Industry Bolsters Global Collaboration

Washington — The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reached an international collaboration agreement among global semiconductor industry leaders at the 19th annual meeting of the World Semiconductor Council (WSC) in Hangzhou, China last week. The leaders signed off on a series of proposals designed to strengthen the industry through greater cooperation. The WSC is comprised of industry executives…

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Digi-Key’s Doherty on Amazon.com vs. Distribution

Digi-Key Corp., one of the largest low-volume high-mix electronics distributors in the world, analyzes everything. Over the years it has tracked its customers’ buying behavior and adjusted its business model accordingly.  Digi-Key launched a low-volume supply chain business in response to customers’ demand for support beyond engineering orders. It was an early adopter of digital content…

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Bourns Names Mouser e-Commerce Distributor of the Year

Mouser Electronics, Inc., the global authorized distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, has been named the 2014 e-Commerce Distributor of the Year by Bourns. The award, based on sales growth and engagement, was presented at the Electronics Distribution Show (EDS) held recently in Las Vegas. Bourns is a leading manufacturer and supplier of automotive…

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