Broadcom Targets Mass Market with Mouser’s Help

As part of its overall effort to broaden its customer base, Broadcom Corp. has signed a global distribution agreement with its first e-commerce/catalog distributor, Mouser Electronics. The addition of  Mouser to its distribution network is part of Broadcom’s new channel initiative, started about 18 months ago, aimed at penetrating the mass market. At the same…

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Automotive Electronics Offers Big Growth Potential

There is big demand for high-reliability parts in automotive electronics sectors. The global market for automotive electronics is forecast to hit $204.6 billion in 2014, and reach $314.4 billion by 2020, with an estimated compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.3 percent between 2012 and 2020, according to a Research and Markets report. The OEM…

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Global Semiconductor Industry Posts Highest Quarterly Sales

Washington — The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $87 billion during the third quarter of 2014, an increase of 5.7 percent over the previous quarter and a jump of 8 percent compared to the third quarter of 2013. Third quarter sales outperformed the…

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MaxLinear Acquires Physpeed

MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE: MXL), a leading provider of integrated radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal integrated circuits for broadband communications applications, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Physpeed Co., Ltd., a privately held developer of high-speed physical layer interconnect products addressing enterprise and telecommunications infrastructure market applications. MaxLinear will pay approximately $11.0 million…

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This Shirt Could Save Your Life

Is it possible for the elderly and people with heart conditions to maintain independence without compromising their safety? With the right technology, the answer is yes. Those of us who remember the time before cellphones also remember the time when we saw commercials for devices that allowed people living alone to get help by pressing…

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Digi-Key & Mentor Graphic Launch New EDA Tools

Digi-Key and Mentor Graphics Corp. today announced a collaboration that hopes to close the gap between free, but poorly featured, and expensive, high-end EDA/CAD PC board design tools. The new tools will be linked with Digi-Key's online parts offerings to ensure that engineers are designing for easy procurement and manufacturing. “Digi-Key and Mentor Graphics are…

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