Gallagher Gauges Avnet’s Transformation

Phil Gallagher is optimistic about Avnet Inc. Following the announcement of the distributor’s fiscal Q2 earnings, the president of Avnet’s electronic components business assessed the company’s progress after a tumultuous 18 months. “We are making progress,” Gallagher said. “We are excited about where we are. We feel we are coming out the other side of a number…

Price Hikes Drive Improved Semiconductor Forecasts

Electronic component suppliers have been complaining for years about eroding prices. With many types components currently in short supply, prices have finally begun to tick up. But are any of these price hikes sustainable? Typically, the answer is “no.” A continual stream of better-smaller-faster components exerts downward price pressure on older-generation products. However, one research…

Electronics Makers’ New Mantra: Change, Change, Change

Electronics manufacturers are resigned to the stark reality that 2016 and the next several years will be marked more by restructuring, operational adjustments and management upheavals than strong growth. Across the industry, electronics firms are retooling everything for a vaguely defined “digital future” that everyone says requires a new growth strategy, a different set of…

Lansdale Continues Freescale’s ML1590

Lansdale Semiconductor, Inc. President, R. Dale Lillard, announced today the continued availability of the ML1590/BGA, National Stock Number (NSN) 5962-01-280-2203. The ML1590 is supplied in (8) lead metal cans to Standard Microcircuit Drawing (SMD) 5962-876570 integrated circuits (ICs), originally designed and built by Motorola/Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.   Lansdale has single-source rights to both globally market and…

Freescale Delivers ‘Thin as a Blade of Grass’ MCU

Austin, Tex. – Freescale Semiconductor released an ultra-thin version of the Kinetis K22 microcontroller (MCU) with a 120-MHz ARM Cortex-M4 core, 512KB Flash and 128KB SRAM in a package measuring 0.34 millimeters in height. The new device is suited for applications such as chip-and-PIN credit cards, wearables and consumer electronics that require security and small form factors.…

Electronics Companies Rank Higher for Conflict Minerals Compliance

Electronics companies scored higher than other industries in a ranking of 1,267 publicly-traded companies that filed a Conflict Mineral Disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for 2014. The top 100 ranking, conducted by Tulane University and sponsored by consulting firm Assent Compliance, were based on two key areas – compliance with the U.S.…