Smart Grid: Part of a Bigger Opportunity

A few years ago the smart grid represented an opportunity for electronics companies to tap into a rapidly growing market. Thanks to new energy standards, increased public concern for energy savings; volatile gas and oil prices; potential government subsidies and advanced electronics technologies, the grid and its offshoots looked ripe for the picking. Has the…

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Designing for That 3D Printer

No more teacups! It's time to get real when it comes to 3D printing. Are you like me? Every time I see yet another pastel-colored mug advertising the wonders of 3D printing, I cringe. The whole idea of advertising such a high-potential technology with a decades-old gee-whiz approach galls me. 3D printing is a powerful…

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IPC: PCB Shipments Reflect Seasonal Slowdown

Bannockburn, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the July findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Sales and orders were weaker in July, but the book-to-bill ratio held steady at parity. Slump in Sales and Orders is Typical for July Total North American PCB shipments decreased 2.3 percent in…

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icix Expands Audit Manager Suite

San Francisco, Calif. – News about another E. coli outbreak, labor abuses and unsafe factory conditions permeate today’s headlines. Consumers and the companies who make and sell products have cause for concern; in a vastly expanded global supply chain, it is increasingly difficult to monitor product safety, compliance and corporate social responsibility programs. To address this…

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ROHM Establishes Foundry Business for New MEMS Process

Santa Clara, Calif.– ROHM has recently established a process for MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical System) utilizing thin-film piezoelectric elements, and implemented the industry’s first* foundry business that integrates product design and manufacturing processes, from wafer pulling to mounting, in order to meet a variety of customer needs. Piezoelectric elements, which possess the inherent property of generating a…

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Consolidation Rules Home Appliances Market

El Segundo, Calif. — Home appliance manufacturers are looking to increase their market share through acquisitions, new territories and new market segments to take advantage of strong growth in the market, according to a new report from IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS). Worldwide shipments of home appliances are forecast to reach 611 million units by the end of 2014,…

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Trimble, Digi-Key Ink Global Distribution Deal

Sunnyvale, Calif.– Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today a global distribution agreement with Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, to offer Trimble’s ThingMagic® Mercury® 6e Series and Mercury 5e Series of embedded UHF RFID modules. The ThingMagic family of award winning embedded RFID modules is used worldwide to reduce development costs and speed the time-to-market for…

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Broadcom Offers New WICED Dev Kit for IoT

Irvine, Calif. — News Highlights: Enables software and hardware developers to prototype and experiment with new Internet of Things (IoT)  applications Includes latest WICED™ Bluetooth® Smart chip and five low-power MEMS sensors Development kit and smartphone app can be connected and running programs in minutes Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor…

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