National Instruments Lauds TTI

TTI, Inc., known as a leading distributor of passive, connector, electromechanical and discrete components, has received three distinguished awards from National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI). These awards were given for On-Time Delivery, Quality, and Best in Class Supplier. Debbie Ragan, global commodity manager at National Instruments, and her team recently presented these awards to the TTI…

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Supplier Profile: NKK Expands its Reach to Customers

NKK Switches, a maker of highly engineered switch products, wants to make its products available to as many customers as possible.  The Japan-based component maker, which already sells about 75 percent of its volume through the channel, is increasing that level to reach more product development teams, consolidate market information and ensure the right NKK…

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Nokia’s Elop Must Not Become Microsoft CEO

Can Stephen Elop still forcefully defend himself against accusations he was a “Trojan Horse” moved by Microsoft Corp. inside Nokia Corp. to deliver the Finnish mobile equipment manufacturer to Redmond, Wash.? I am not a conspiracy theorist but I didn’t accept the Nokia CEO’s defense the first time he offered them in February, 2011 and…

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Richardson RFPD has Peregrine Switches

Richardson RFPD, Inc.  announces immediate availability and full design support capabilities for two new HaRP™ technology-enabled UltraCMOS® SP5T switches from Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation (Peregrine). The devices are manufactured on Peregrine’s UltraCMOS process, a patented variation of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology on a sapphire substrate, offering the performance of GaAs with the economy and integration of conventional…

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ARM Buys Cadence Display IP

ARM (LSE: ARM) (NASDAQ: ARMH), the leading semiconductor IP supplier, and Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), a leader in global electronic design innovation, today announced that the companies have signed a definitive agreement for the sale and transfer of Cadence PANTA display controller cores to ARM. The agreement enhances the companies’ long-standing ecosystem collaboration…

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Gateworks Now at Avnet Embedded

 Avnet Embedded, a division of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today announced that it has inked a distribution agreement with Gateworks Corporation, the leading supplier of powerful ARM-based single board computers (SBCs) for transmitting and receiving audio, video and data in embedded wireless and wired network systems. Click to tweet:…

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Web Down! Surviving the Inconceivable Supply Chain Disaster

Site down isn’t just a problem for the likes of the New York Times and other media outlets that have ticked off a despot somewhere in the world. An onslaught of “denial-of-service” attacks in segments of the economy that have heavily embraced e-commerce and other online process management functions could spell disaster and trigger massive…

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Poor Data Clouds Supply Chain Visibility

My perspective on supply chain comes with a strong semiconductor technology bias, a partiality for supply management and an appreciation of operations with the processes that surround it. Coming from the semiconductor and telecommunications industries, I have seen the need for innovation, quality and cost management. Being an engineer, I like data; having worked in…

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Panasonic Leads Auto Infotainment in 2012

 Japan’s Panasonic in 2012 remained the top supplier of automotive infotainment systems, putting it at the forefront of the fast-growing market for equipment that delivers information and entertainment to motorists, according to a newly released report on the subject from information and analytics provider IHS.    Panasonic posted automotive infotainment revenue of nearly $4 billion in…

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