Astrodyne Acquires Filter Concepts

Astrodyne Corporation, a global developer and manufacturer of specialized power solutions, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Filter Concepts, Inc. (“Filter Concepts”). Filter Concepts is a well-established provider of EMI Filter products for demanding applications. Filter Concepts’ headquarters are in Santa Ana, Calif., where it designs, tests and manufactures its products. The…

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IET Simplifies Digital Library

Access to a global collection of leading science, engineering and technology content, with over 190,000 technical documents, including 70,000 journal articles, 6,000 eBook chapters and 1,300 conference publications, is now available to engineering practitioners at the touch of a button. In order to make its Digital Library more accessible to individuals, the Institution of Engineering…

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Build a Trade Secret Bulwark, Block by Block

The global economy is crackling with fast-paced innovation, but the fruits of innovation are also increasingly vulnerable to theft amid fierce competition, fragmentation of supply chains, and digitization of information. In this environment, companies urgently need to focus energy and resources to safeguard intellectual assets — particularly trade secrets that are not well protected by…

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Metrigraphics Offers Flexible Circuits with Traces to 3 Microns

Wilmington, Mass. – Metrigraphics, a process development and manufacturing resource for ultra-miniature passive circuits and structures, today announced it has achieved large-scale production of micron-scale flexible circuits six or more layers high, with traces (circuit lines) as narrow as 3 microns (11.81×10-5 inches). The circuits are so flexible they can be wrapped around objects with diameters…

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Actions Semiconductor Licenses ARM

  Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq: ACTS), one of China’s leading fabless semiconductor companies, and ARM (NASDAQ:ARMH), the world’s leading semiconductor intellectual property (IP) supplier have signed a license agreement for the 64-bit ARM® Cortex®-A50 processor family. Actions Semiconductor’s first SoC is due to be available in late 2014, making it one of China’s leading…

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Making Sense of Supply Chain Sustainability

When I first started doing business in Asia, more than 30 years ago, nonstop flights between the West Coast and Taiwan were a rarity. Most often, the 16-plus-hour trans-Pacific flights required at least one stop — usually in Japan — before reaching their final destinations. Within just a few short years, however, more efficient engine…

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Acquisitions Dominate the IP&E Market

In last month’s IP&E Market Insider newsletter, I noted that it was very likely that we would see more interconnect, passive, and electromechanical (IP&E) component manufacturers focused on high-performance product development to offset dwindling margins in their commodity businesses as well as more targeted acquisitions of niche companies that give them entry into higher end…

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