Electronics Purchasing and Voting With Your Pocketbook

Walmart critics say the mega-retailer doesn’t pay its employees enough. Among the arguments in favor of Walmart boosting its employees’ wages is “it’s the right thing to do.” Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has become a very popular branding tool for many businesses. But how about from the business standpoint? Walmart is one of the darlings…

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Element14 Adds Avago Optocouplers

 element14 has added to its extensive range the highly-integrated gate drive optocouplers from Avago Technologies, one of the world’s leading supplier of analog interface components for wireless, wireline and industrial applications. These optically-isolated devices are optimized for driving high power MOSFET or IGBT directly, exhibiting fast gate switching speed, minimal propagation delay, high CMR and…

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Five Tips for Combating Counterfeit Components

Counterfeit components are a $100 billion industry. Counterfeits are now estimated to comprise between five and 25 percent of all available parts. As the marketplace for engineers has become increasingly fast-moving and competitive, many purchasing professionals and distributors have cut corners to accommodate faster product turnaround schedules. This is has allowed gray market electronics to…

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Trade Secrets: Protecting Your Key Assets

In today's global marketplace, intellectual property is critical to success. Trade secrets, in particular, are the new economy's gold. Thus companies with supply chains that traverse countries need to take action to address the threat of misappropriation. Trade secrets include a wide array of competitive information such as unique applications of computer code, merger and…

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Colonial Circuits 1st to Earn Certification as Qualified Manufacturer to IPC-1071

BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC’s Validation Services Program has awarded its first IPC-1071 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) to Colonial Circuits Inc., a full-service printed board manufacturer in Fredericksburg, Va. The facility underwent an intensive audit based on IPC-1071, Best Industry Practices for Intellectual Property Protection in Printed Board Manufacturing. Developed as a high-level roadmap to best…

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Colonial Circuits Receives First IPC-1071

IPC’s Validation Services Program has awarded its first IPC-1071 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) to Colonial Circuits Inc., a full-service printed board manufacturer in Fredericksburg, Va. The facility underwent an intensive audit based on IPC-1071, Best Industry Practices for Intellectual Property Protection in Printed Board Manufacturing. Developed as a high-level roadmap to best industry practices for…

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Leveraging Logistics to Cut Supply Chain Clutter

One area where design and supply chain touch is logistics. Design of both product and packaging directly impacts the packing, shipping, and return handling of both components and end-products along the supply chain. “Almost everyone recognizes there is a big value stream related to packaging and solid business reasons for paying attention,” said Benjamin Büscher,…

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Mouser Launches Anti-Counterfeiting Site

Mouser Electronics, Inc., a leading engineering resource and global distributor of semiconductors and electronic components, today announced the unveiling of a new Anti-Counterfeiting site at Mouser.com. The site offers a one-stop resource for the very latest news, developments and standards in anti-counterfeiting measures at Mouser and throughout the industry. See it all at http://www.mouser.com/anticounterfeitparts/. “This site…

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CDM Stocking Full Line of Kings Connectors

CDM Electronics, a premier authorized distributor of electronic connectors and cables, carries the full line of Kings® by Winchester Electronics’ RoHS-compliant, 50- Ohm Mil-Spec RF connectors and accessories for today’s mission-critical military and aerospace communications applications.  CDM now stocks one of the industry’s largest inventories of standard and customizable Kings’ 50-Ohm RF interconnect products, which…

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