Avnet Releases PicoZed System-On-Module

Phoenix, Ariz. —Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT) today released PicoZed™, its newest family of System-On-Modules (SOMs) based on the Xilinx® Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoC. In support of PicoZed development and prototyping, Avnet is also releasing the PicoZed Carrier Card, which provides the necessary interfaces and access to user I/O from the PicoZed…

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Mean, Lean, Supply Chain Machine

Lenovo is a well-oiled, fine-tuned supply chain machine. With an unusual hybrid strategy of in-house and contract assembly, as well as vertical integration of the procurement of key components, the company's $5 billion-plus in acquisitions this year will increase its scale and reach, giving it further structural cost advantages over its competition. The company started…

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Seagate Completes Buy of LSI Units

Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX), a world leader in storage solutions, today announced it has completed its previously announced acquisition of the assets of LSI’s Accelerated Solutions Division (“ASD”) and Flash Components Division (“FCD”) from Avago Technologies Limited (NASDAQ:AVGO). “There is a growing opportunity for mobile and enterprise flash-based storage solutions, which is why we’re…

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Take the Embedded Inefficiencies Test

I have been absent from the Electronics Purchasing Strategies blog scene for the past few months because I have been working in China with an LED light bulb manufacturer. This is an exciting, fast-paced, high growth industry under intense pressure for cost improvement and product innovation. While working with this company, I am getting a…

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Tech Firms Fret Over ‘Chilly’ China

Foreign technology companies and other Western multinational enterprises operating in China are becoming increasingly concerned about recent Chinese government anti-trust actions that they complain put them at a disadvantage against local competitors. The companies are wary of voicing their opinions publicly and are instead using back channels and political pressure from their home governments to…

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TTI VP Total Quality to Speak at SAE 2014

Fort Worth, Tex. – TTI, Inc. global distributor of interconnect, passive, electromechanical and discrete components, has announced that Kevin Sink, TTI Vice President Total Quality will participate as a key note speaker at the upcoming SAE 2014 Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference (ASTC) during the Obsolescence and Counterfeit Parts Management Technical Session scheduled for Wednesday, September 24,…

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Omnitracs to Acquire XRS

San Diego, Calif. — Omnitracs, LLC, a leading provider of fleet management solutions to transportation and logistics companies, today announced that it has agreed to acquire XRS Corporation (NASDAQ: XRSC), a leader in mobile fleet optimization software. Subject to the terms and conditions of the definitive agreement, Omnitracs will pay $5.60 per share of XRS, which equates…

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China Launching Its Own OS, Seriously?

PARIS — Xinhua, China's news agency, reported Aug. 24 that China's homegrown operating system will be unveiled in October. Xinhua quoted Ni Guangnan of the Chinese Academy of Engineering saying that the OS will be first seen on desktop devices and later expanded to smartphones and other mobile devices. Ni's comments were originally reported by…

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