More Wafer Fabs Set to Close in 2014

Semiconductor manufacturers closed 72 wafer fabs from 2009 to 2013 and another nine fabs are scheduled to close in 2014, according to IC Insights. The hardest hit were 150-mm wafer fabs as suppliers looked to gain greater efficiencies. The Global Wafer Capacity 2014 report finds the semiconductor industry has closed or repurposed older capacity ≤200-mm wafer…

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IPC: PCB Shipments Remain Flat

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the May findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Sales growth was flat and orders declined in May, and the book-to-bill ratio slipped below parity. Flat Sales and Declining Orders Reported in May Total North American PCB shipments increased just 0.1 percent in…

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GreenPeak Posts New ‘Small Data Versus Big Data’ White Paper

UTRECHT, Netherlands — GreenPeak Technologies, the industry leading Smart Home low-power radio communication semi-conductor company, has created a new white paper that details how Small Data, the tiny bits of information collected from billions of small sentrollers (sensors, controllers and actuators) in homes, offices, factories, cars, in all corners of the environment, will create a…

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Wearables Get a New Interface

It was a happy accident that we got our hands on a thermographic camera and played around with it in the lab. Our R&D team had already been tasked with developing natural and intuitive ways of interacting with augmented reality applications when using head-mounted displays, but this first foray was really just playing around with…

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IoT Design Challenge Launched

Element14, along with partners EnOcean, Tektronix, the Raspberry Pi Foundation and the Eclipse Foundation, has announced the launch of the new “Forget Me Not” design challenge, a global design competition which will encourage participating engineers to develop pioneering applications in the field of home monitoring and automation. The initiative will use a core kit featuring popular…

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TTI Acquires Astrex

TTI, Inc. an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, today announced the acquisition of Astrex Electronics, a privately held connector distribution specialist headquartered in Plainview, New York. Mike Morton, President TTI Americas, said of the acquisition, “I’m very pleased to be bringing Astrex Electronics into the fold of the TTI family of companies. I…

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American Component Exchange Adds More American-Made Products With Rayovac

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Recently opened electronics and electrical distributor, American Component Exchange (ACE), is now distributing several lines of Rayovac’s battery products. Their products offered will include AA, AAA, C, D, and 9v commercial and industrial batteries. Initially drawn to ACE because of their mission statement, Rayovac has decided to partner with America’s distributor…

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