Proposed Settlement Reached in DRAM Price-Fixing Class Action

The Plaintiffs in class actions filed in British Columbia, Ontario and Québec claim that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Semiconductor Inc., Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. (“Samsung”) and Hynix Semiconductor Inc., Hynix Semiconductor America Inc. and Hynix Semiconductor Manufacturing America, Inc. (“Hynix”), and numerous other DRAM manufacturers conspired to fix the…

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Distributors See 23% Hike in 2013 China Sales

Despite economic pressures in the global market, China will continue to be a growth market for electronics distributors. Component distributors can expect growth of 23 percent in 2013, according  to the 13th Annual Electronic Components Distributor Survey by Electronics Supply & Manufacturing-China (ESM-China), published by Global Sources. Distributors indicated an average revenue growth of 18…

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NXP Leads Automotive ASSP Semiconductor Market for Second Year in a Row

Benefiting from its leadership position in AM/FM tuner and audio processing chips, NXP Semiconductors NV in 2012 retained its rank as the world’s top supplier of application-specific standard product (ASSP) semiconductors for the automotive infotainment market. Netherlands-based NXP last year posted automotive infotainment ASSP revenue of $459 million, giving it a market share of 15…

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Pulse Electronics Cuts Product Lead-Times by 50%

Pulse Electronics Corp., a leading provider of electronic components, today announced it has implemented significant changes to its manufacturing strategy resulting in a reduction in product lead-time to 4-5 weeks. This represents a 50% reduction over typical industry lead-times of 8-10 weeks. A majority of Pulse’s products are included in the program. The program was…

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RS Components Stocks Amphenol HD-BNC Family

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, is stocking the High Density BNC (HD-BNC™) family of connectors from Amphenol, a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of interconnect products. With a footprint 51% smaller than traditional BNC connectors, and…

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PCB Book-to-Bill Reaches 34-Month High

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the April findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Notable among the month’s findings is the PCB book-to-bill ratio, which reached 1.10, its highest level since July 2010. PCB Bookings Gain Strength Total North American PCB shipments were down 7.0 percent in April…

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Who Pays for Mfg. R&D: OEMs or EMS Providers?

Electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers must have thick skins. They invest in manufacturing process improvements for the benefits of customers; take flak from governments, labor and human rights organizations as well as consumers − again for the OEM customers; get rewarded with low margins, and often are swiftly dumped by customers at the first signs…

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