Infor Launches Cloud PLM for European Manufacturers

Paris, France – Inforum —Infor, a leading provider of beautiful business applications specialized by industry and built for the cloud, today announced Infor Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Accelerate, powered by Aras, is now available for European organizations. Initially launched for the US market in 2014, this new PLM solution will provide strong value to automotive, industrial manufacturing, high…

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From Counterfeit Electronics to Clones: You Can’t Afford to Ignore Them

A new type of electronic counterfeit part has arrived in force into commercial and, probably, military supply chains. Cloned parts, of original manufacture and made to spec by apparently well-heeled counterfeiters, can pass industry-standard visual package inspection and most data sheet parameter electrical testing. This means that some industry standards, some not yet released, may…

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New European Medical Device & IVD Regulations Impact Supply Chain

Calls for stricter regulation of medical devices within the European Union (EU) conitinues, a reality that will impact the work of many electronics OEMs, distributors and component manufacturers. Changes have been continuous. The European Commission proposed new regulations in 2012 for medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices (IVDs) to replace the existing directives.…

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IDT & Richardson Electronics Team for Global Distribution of RF Products

San Jose, CA–Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT) (NASDAQ: IDTI) announced it is partnering with Richardson Electronics Ltd. (NASDAQ:RELL) to distribute IDT's leading RF and RF timing products throughout North America, Europe and Asia. The LaFox, Ill.-based distributor has a large team of experienced RF specialists to work with customers interested in IDT's rapidly expanding portfolio…

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Murata Releases High Precision Rotary Position Sensors

Smyrna, Ga. – Murata Americas released its SVK3 series, touted as the industry’s most precise surface-mount type rotary position sensors.  The low-profile devices deliver a linearity of ±1%.  They also achieve twice the precision of previous products and can withstand temperature ranges required by the automotive market, said Murata. The SVK3 sensors, which measure W11 × L12 ×…

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Fujitsu Designs Bluetooth Smart Module for IoT

San Jose, Calif. – Aimed at Internet of Things (IoT) applications, Fujitsu Component America, Inc. introduced an ultra-small Bluetooth smart module – the MBH7BLZ07 – that is approximately 50 percent smaller than its predecessor, the MBH7BLZ02. The small size and low-power consumption of the new module reduces the cost and time to develop smaller and lighter…

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OEMs Retain Firm Grip on Purchasing Power

Purchasing conditions continue to whipsaw in the electronics industry but OEMs and contractors remain on top of the food chain, benefitting from weak pricing and easy availability of supplies amidst heavy discounting by harried vendors. However, OEMs, too, are stressed with uncertain demand, the stronger dollar, a potential hike in U.S. interest rates and conflicting…

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A Buyer’s Market Continues for DRAMs

A continuing DRAM supply glut resulted in price declines of nearly 10 percent in October for average DRAM contract prices, reported DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce. The market researcher’s latest DRAM price report finds the average contract price of DDR3 4GB modules dropped from $18.50 in September to $16.75 in October with the lowest contract price…

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Sound Bites From the ECIA Conference

As usual, the annual ECIA Executive Conference was a mix of information and inspiration. Attendees of the conference this year, held Oct. 25-27, found out what happened to the FIRST competition winner of 2013; how to take a proper selfie, and the difference between French fries and crisps. On a more serious note, presenters broke…

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