Chip Chain Remains Tight

Signs of a normal first-quarter seasonal slowdown are now scarcer than hens' teeth. Fourth-quarter wafer sales at {complink 5388|Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC)} — representing the industry’s first-quarter IC sales — were essentially flat from the third quarter. Meanwhile, the outlook for the first quarter of 2011 (parts meant for consumption in the second quarter)…

Molex Named Excellent Supplier

LISLE, Ill. — Molex Incorporated has been recognized for the second time with an Excellent Supplier Award by Delphi Automotive Systems (China), a leading global supplier of electronics and technologies for automotive, commercial vehicle and other market segments. The award was announced at Delphi’s Supplier Meeting at the Pullman Hotel in Beijing in November. Molex…

Farnell Teams With Würth on USBs

LONDON — Farnell, the leading multi-channel distributor of electronic and industrial components has announced that it has reached an exclusive agreement with Würth Elektronik, the leading Electronic Interconnect & Electromechanical Solutions provider, to stock its SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connectors. Würth’s SuperSpeed USB connectors offer a bandwidth of up to five Gbit/s; up to ten times…

Radiall Licenses Amphenol

CHANDLER, Ariz. — Radiall and Amphenol are pleased to announce that Amphenol is now a licensed second source for Radiall R2CT connection kits. As a second source, Amphenol will manufacture and market the connectors. R2CT connection kit provides a waterproof, sealed connection for fiber-to-the-antenna (FTTA), remote radio head equipment, and similar outdoor applications where a…

ICC to Distribute AFSI

ALLEN, Texas — Amphenol Fiber Systems International (AFSI) is pleased to announce the approval of Interstate Connecting Components (ICC) as a Value-Added Distributor for AFSI's MIL-PRF-28876 connector series. Both AFSI and DLA Land and Maritime have given ICC the go-ahead to begin assembling M28876 connectors in their Moorestown, NJ facility. ICC has long been a…

Digi-Key Signs ITT Cannon

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn., and Santa Ana, Calif. — Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, and ITT Cannon, a leading global manufacturer of reliable, innovative connectors, today announced the two companies have entered into an agreement in which Digi-Key…

Molex Purchases Luxtera AOC Biz

LISLE, Ill., and CARLSBAD, Calif. — Molex Incorporated (NASDAQ:MOLX and MOLXA), a global leader in the high speed interconnect marketplace, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Luxtera’s Active Optical Cable (AOC) business. Luxtera, the worldwide leader in Silicon CMOS Photonics, will transfer all aspects of its existing and future AOC business to…

Return of Fiber Good News for Components Biz

Despite the benefits of fiber optic networking, widespread implementation of the technology hasn't occurred as quickly as many expected. Fiber optics have been adopted by the telecom industry in long-haul applications, but wide market adoption in additional market segments has stumbled, due primarily to expense. However, demand for more and faster data access is spurring…

Mouser Stocking Molex Helieon Light Modules

MANSFIELD, Texas — Mouser Electronics, Inc., regarded as a top global engineering design resource for semiconductors and electronic components, today announced it is stocking new product from Molex. The Molex Helieon™ Sustainable Light Module is a remarkably simple solution that provides easy interchangeability, upgradeability, and replacement. The Helieon lighting system is the first plug-and-play, sustainable…

Avnet Shipping ITT EVC Series

PHOENIX — Avnet Express, part of the Avnet Electronics Marketing operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), announces the immediate, in-stock availability of ITT Interconnect Solutions’ entire line of electric vehicle charging connectors (EVC). This entire EVC Series is in-stock and available for same-day shipping when ordered on www.avnetexpress.com by 8:00 p.m. CST. Based on…