IPC: October PCB Orders Increased

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the October findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Orders increased sharply, driving up the book-to-bill ratio, while sales remained flat. Total North American PCB shipments increased 0.8 percent in October 2014 from October 2013, bringing year-to-date shipment growth to -1.0 percent. Compared…

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Altera Dev Board Reduces Costs for Industrial Designs

San Jose, Calif. — SPS IPC Drives — Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced the availability of a functional safety  development board and FPGA reference designs through NewTec, a leading European provider of safety-related electronic systems. The new board and reference designs coupled with Altera’s TUV Rheinland-qualified FPGAs, tools, and IP, enable customers to accelerate development…

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7 Controllers for Internet of Things

MUNICH — The Internet of Things took a dominant role at the 2014 Electronica Show in Munich, Germany. Developing ultra-low-power nodes for sensors that can be connected wirelessly to the wider Internet is opening up many different design options, and both silicon and embedded software suppliers are developing a variety of architectural approaches. New silicon…

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NXP Semiconductors Acquires Quintic Unit

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (Nasdaq:NXPI) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Quintic to acquire assets and IP related to its Wearable and Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) IC business. This transaction contributes to NXP’s drive to create security and connectivity solutions for fast-growing Internet-of-Things applications in Health & Fitness Wearables, Mobile Transactions,…

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Mixed Quarter Looms For IP&E Suppliers

Most IP&E suppliers had a solid September quarter, with many companies reporting higher sales and earnings year over year. While that momentum is thrusting some suppliers into a strong December quarter and end to 2014, other suppliers are more cautious, citing currency fluctuations, lower distributor sales, the effects of previous restructuring efforts, and uncertain economic and…

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Component Suppliers Gearing Up for Wearable Electronics Boom

New York, N.Y. — The “hot” topic in today’s electronics market is arguably wearable electronics. Consumer devices such as “smart” watches, electronic fitness accessories, Google Glass come to mind, but the market is still in its infancy and is likely to embrace a wide range of products of varying forms and complexity. The vast potential of…

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