Expect Smart Meter IC Prices to Rise

The average semiconductor cost in smart meters used for two-way communications between meters and utilities was about $11 in 2014; however, average selling prices (ASPs) are expected to increase as the industry needs to move to 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs), memory chips, and single system-on-chip (SoC) solutions, according to IHS Inc. The smart meter market is…

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GaN Systems Names Product Line Management Director

Ottawa, Ontario – GaN Systems Inc., a leading developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, has appointed Peter Di Maso as Director, Product Line Management.  The newly-created position is part of the company’s strategic growth and headcount increase at all levels as the company ramps up production of its market-leading Island Technology® gallium nitride devices…

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Link Labs Inks Deal with Future Electronics

Annapolis, MD – Link Labs, a leading innovator in low-power, wide-area (LPWA) network technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT), announced today an agreement with Future Electronics to provide global distribution of its Symphony Link line of modules and gateways. Link Labs’ Symphony Link products offers a complete line of transceiver modules, repeaters, gateways and base…

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4 Steps to Bring Business Intelligence to Your Supply Chain

Knowledge is power, especially in the electronics supply chain.  Once available only to big OEMs with big IT budgets, business intelligence (BI) capabilities are becoming affordable and implementable for even mid-sized manufacturing organizations. “I would say that business intelligence has a slightly stronger foothold in the electronics industry today than it has in the past,”…

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The Distribution Channel: Times Are A-Changing

Technology and other factors have transformed the underlying dynamics of procurement to the extent that distributor relationships are changing radically. According to a UPS and analyst firm TNS survey of over 1,500 procurement professionals, changing customer expectations, direct-from-manufacturer selling, e-commerce, and the emergence of millennials among buyers are having profound effects on the distribution model. “It…

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Arrow e-Commerce Push Energizes Verical Unit

Globalization and e-commerce have arguably stripped away many of the boundaries constraining the sale of electronic components. Regional franchises are all but extinct and global customers can better duplicate, port and execute their supply chain requirements across the globe. But silos that separate one unit of a business from the others still exist both internally…

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CMOS Image Sensors Deliver High Growth

The CMOS image sensor market is on track to grow 15 percent in 2015, reaching $10.1 billion, after a strong increase of 19 percent in 2014, according to IC Insights. This is after only four percent growth in 2013 due to price erosion and inventory corrections in the camera phone market, said the market researcher.…

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OmniVision Develops Image Sensor for Medical Imaging

Santa Clara, Calif. —  OmniVision Technologies, Inc. introduced a new ultra-compact CameraChip sensor for medical and industrial applications. The 1/18-inch OV6946 captures 400 x 400 pixel resolution images and video with excellent color fidelity in a small 0.9- x 0.9-mm package that consumes low power. In addition, it offers a width of 1.65 mm and a…

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