Ericsson Divests Power Modules Business to Flex

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has signed an agreement with multinational technology and Sketch-to-Scale(TM) solutions provider, Flex, to divest Ericsson Power Modules (EPM). The divestment is in line with Ericsson’s focused business strategy, presented on March 28, to strengthen its core business and portfolio areas (networks, digital services and IoT). The Ericsson Power Modules business, excluding the brand, will…

Ericsson to Cut 3,000 Jobs in Sweden

  Change in operations and adjustment of competence to meet technology shifts, new customer groups and a continued increased proportion of software development. Ericsson intends to reduce 3,000 positions in production, research and development (R&D) and sales and administration – combination of voluntary and forced reductions as well as other measures such as outsourcing. Ericsson…

Avnet CEO Search Challenge: Internal vs. External Candidates

Avnet Inc. only recently named William Amelio interim CEO but the board of directors must move quickly to appoint a substantive leader for the global electronics components distributor. As one of the industry’s biggest players, Avnet cannot afford to be perceived as a rudderless enterprise or one without a proven leader with a clear vision…

Ericsson Looks East As Western Rivals Merge

With customers merging and capital expenditure budgets shrinking in North America and Europe, Ericsson AB is shifting more marketing resources to Asia where the mobile and networking equipment OEM is hoping to benefit from a surge in infrastructure spending by governments and private communication services enterprises. The company aims to keep up a vibrant presence…

What Nokia Should Really be Buying: a Chinese Rival

Nokia Corp. should be buying China’s ZTE Corp. and not Alcatel-Lucent SA, which it this week agreed to buy for $16.6 billion. If approved by regulators and shareholders such a deal would be transformative and open up new growth vistas across the industry, potentially sparking a flurry of East-West and West-East mergers and acquisitions. The…

DC-DC Converters Deliver Higher Efficiency, Space Savings & Lower Cost

Next-generation products in high-reliability markets including medical, military and industrial along with innovations in telecommunications and wireless technologies are driving increased demand for high-efficiency DC power systems. These application areas are driving plenty of opportunities for DC-DC converters and modules that can deliver high efficiency, high power density, small footprints/low profiles, and a wide input…

Ericsson Power Module Targets RFPAs

Ericsson has launched its PKB4216C series 200-W DC/DC converter module in an eighth-brick package. This power module is designed for radio-frequency power amplifier (RFPA) applications and supplying the voltage to power transistors used in integrated radio amplifiers. The PKB4216C series module offers high flexibility with an ultra-wide adjustable output voltage range from 15 V to…

Power Group Tackles Second-Source Dilemma

New technologies almost always have an advantage over their predecessors and engineers love to try out leading-edge products. But for purchasing, this dynamic creates a dilemma: suppliers often develop products or platforms that are unique to that vendor. OEMs and their manufacturing partners may end up with a single source for a product – a…

Another Wrinkle in Xilinx-Flextronics Suit

The lawsuit between FPGA supplier Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX) and EMS Flextronics International (NASDAQ:FLEX) has brought to the surface several points of contention in the supply chain, including the resale of electronics components and the risk of counterfeit parts. Now, court documents related to the suit are pressing another hot button in the channel: the issue…