SIA: Chip Sales Hit Record $305B in 2013

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide semiconductor sales for 2013 reached $305.6 billion, the industry’s highest-ever annual total and an increase of 4.8 percent from the 2012 total of $291.6 billion. Global sales for the month of December 2013 reached $26.6 billion, marking the…

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ISM: Manufacturing Grows — A Bit More Slowly

 Although growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector in January wasn’t as robust as in prior periods, the nation’s leading index – the PMI — has expanded for the eighth consecutive month, according to the Institute of Supply Management.  The January PMI registered 51.3 percent, a decrease of 5.2 percentage points from December’s seasonally adjusted reading…

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TTI Adds 3M IDC Connectors

Fort Worth, Tex. – TTI, Inc., the leading global distributor of interconnect, passive, electromechanical and discrete components, announced today the company will distribute 3M’s new 1.27mm IDC connectors in the Americas. All of the advanced features that have made 3M’s IDC connectors the standard throughout the world are offered in a smaller footprint for even more…

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Manncorp Expands SMT Turnkey System Packages

Manncorp has recently reconfigured and expanded its exclusive selection of SMT turnkey packages, including stencil printing, pick-and-place, and reflow soldering equipment, to accommodate a wider range of production levels and budgets.  Among the ten different turnkeys presented on their website at www.manncorp.com/turnkeys is the new 2500-MV package.  Priced at only $46,995, the 2500-MV is designed…

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Aluminum for Cars & Consumer Electronics

A battery of questions about the implications for the electronics industry came to mind when Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F) recently announced the new F-150 pickup’s aluminum construction. My initial question was “What are the downsides of switching from steel to aluminum?” Without a doubt, the issues involving safety and overall strength become primary consumer concerns…

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IPC: PCB Sales Declined 1.9% in 2013

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the December findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. PCB sales in 2013 ended the year at -1.9 percent compared to 2012. The book-to-bill ratio in December improved slightly, but remains below parity at 0.92. Slow Growth Continues Total North American PCB shipments…

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Micrel Reports Solid Q4

Micrel, Incorporated (NASDAQ: MCRL), a leading global manufacturer of IC solutions for the worldwide high performance linear and power, LAN and timing and communications markets, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2013. Revenues for the fourth quarter were $60.0 million, a $1.8 million or 3.2% increase, compared…

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