PMI® at 55.5%; December Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®; New Orders, Employment and Production Growing; Inventories Contracting; Supplier Deliveries Slowing

TEMPE, Ariz. — Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the 19th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 67th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®. The report was issued today by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute…

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GreenPeak Launches ZigBee Chip/Modules for IoT

CES, Las Vegas – GreenPeak Technologies has launched its new GP691 ZigBee communication controller chip and GPM6000 integrated ZigBee modules for smart home and Internet of Things (IoT) networks and devices. The GP691 ZigBee communications controller provides IEEE Standard 802.15.4-compliant spread spectrum data communication in the worldwide 2.4-GHz band and is capable of running the full…

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Avnet Names Patrick Zammit Avnet Technology Solutions Global President

PHOENIX — Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a leading global technology distributor, today announced that it has promoted Patrick Zammit to serve as global president for Avnet Technology Solutions, one of two global operating groups within Avnet. Zammit previously served as president of Avnet Electronics Marketing EMEA. Zammit will be responsible for the strategic direction, day-to-day…

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Northrop Grumman Appoints Kevin Mitchell Vice President of Global Supply Chain

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. — Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has announced the appointment of Kevin Mitchell as vice president of global supply chain in its Aerospace Systems sector, effective immediately, replacing Lisa Kohl, who has announced her retirement from the company. A photo accompanying this release is available at: http://media.globenewswire.com/noc/mediagallery.html?pkgid=29852. “Kevin has over 25 years…

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Actions Debuts its First 64-Bit Chipset

Zhuhai, China,  — Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd. will debut the inaugural chipset of its new Falcon Series product family, the ATM9009, a 64-bit quad-core solution for high-end Android tablets and OTT set-top boxes at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show. The ATM9009 SoC processor is a new generation, ultra-high performance solution featuring a quad-core ARM Cortex A53…

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Atmel Unveils Low-Power Bluetooth Smart Platform

San Jose, Calif. — Atmel Corporation has launched an ultra-low power Bluetooth Smart solution achieving sub-1µA in standby mode, which is said to deliver the industry’s best dynamic power consumption, increasing battery life by as much as one year for certain applications. The BTLC1000 is housed in a 2.1- X 2.1-mm wafer level chipscale package (WLCSP) making…

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Greenvity, Mitsumi Deliver Smart Outdoor Lights

Milpitas, Calif. – Greenvity Communications and Mitsumi Electric have expanded their collaborative relationship to include development and manufacturing of a complete Internet of Things (IoT) turnkey solution with cloud and mobile apps for low voltage LED lights in outdoor applications. LED lighting OEMs and ODMs can transform conventional low-voltage outdoor lights into energy-efficient smart lights with controllability for turning on/off,…

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Top 10 Wearables Kickstarter Projects of 2014

Whether its something to wear or a device to strap on, wearable technology is receiving enthusiastic attention from consumers. Any OEM that wants to jump on the bandwagon, though, had better get the supply chain ready. Clearly, wearable technology has captured the imagination of electronics designers, which are cranking out ideas for glasses, jewelry, headgear,…

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