Optoelectronics, Sensors/Actuators, Discretes Climb Again

In 2018, a mixed bag of higher prices, shortages, and new imaging applications is driving up total optoelectronics, sensors and discrete semiconductors (O-S-D) sales by 11 percent and expected to set a ninth consecutive record-high level of combined revenues. With tight supplies of widely used power transistors and diodes driving up prices and new optical-imaging applications moving…

SMC Diode Solutions Inks Distribution Deal with Avnet USI

SMC Diode Solutions, a global leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of discrete semiconductors, voltage regulators, and die and wafer devices, today announced a global distribution agreement with Avnet USI, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT) and world leader in Hi-Rel/MILSPEC and space level components.   Under the terms of the agreement, Avnet ASI will market, sell, and…

Mouser Launches New Power Management Tech Site

Mouser Electronics, Inc. today launched its new Power Management Technology site, designed to give engineers easy-to-access information on the latest technical advances in power management technologies. As part of Mouser’s growing selection of Applications & Technologies sites, the Power Management Technology site provides a wealth of resource material — including articles and videos on power…

Does Vishay Need a New, Growth Formula?

One decade after it began a series of acquisitions aimed at boosting sales and profit expansion Vishay Intertechnology Inc. is still struggling to find the right formula for differentiating itself in one of the most competitive and growth-challenged segments of the electronics components market. The company has made many acquisitions and broadened its product offerings…

Strong Demand Ahead for PV Inverter ICs

El Segundo, Calif. – The photovoltaic (PV) inverter market is expected to drive semiconductor growth, particularly for discrete and analog semiconductors, over the next three years, according to a new IHS report. Revenue from semiconductors used in PV inverters increased by nine percent in 2014, reaching $386.1 million. IHS forecasts the PV inverter semiconductor market to…

America II, Taiwan Semi Sign Distribution Deal

St. Petersburg, Fla.–America II Electronics, Inc., one of the world’s largest independent distributors of semiconductors and electronic components, has entered into a distribution agreement with Taiwan Semiconductor, a worldwide manufacturer of discrete semiconductors, as well as analog ICs, power transistors and MosFETs used in the automotive, computer, consumer, industrial, telecom and photovoltaic industries. “We’re in…

Vishay Unveils Sweeping Cost-Cutting Actions

Vishay Intertechnology Inc. has announced a batch of workforce reduction measures to lower its selling, general and administrative expenses as well as actions that would impact its MOSFETs business and result in the transfer of some semiconductor wafer manufacturing to contractors. The program was announced one day ahead of the company’s scheduled release of its…