Foxconn, LCD, flipflop, US

What’s Behind Foxconn’s Flipflop on U.S. LCD Plant?

Anyone familiar with Foxconn/Hon Hai Precision Industry retained a healthy dose of skepticism when Foxconn announced it would build advanced liquid-crystal displays (LCDs) in Wisconsin. To put it charitably, Foxconn is not renowned for honoring its contracts. More than 20 years ago, when I was working for Electronic Business magazine, one of our editors spent…

Pangea is Born: How will it Impact the Flash Memory Supply Chain?

If the planned $18 billion sale of Toshiba Corp.’s flash memory unit to a consortium led by Bain Capital Private Equity, LP survives legal objections and receives regulatory approval, the deal can be expected to result in higher component supplies within the next year, helping to allay OEM fears of tightening purchasing conditions for the…

Raspberry Pi Adds Manufacturing Hub in Japan

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc(LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, today announced in conjunction with the Raspberry Pi Foundation that its latest iteration of the Raspberry Pi 3 credit-card-sized single-board computer will be manufactured in Japan under a local contract manufacturing arrangement. This increase in global production of Raspberry Pi is to serve large and increasing demand for the…

Quakes Will Impact Automotive Electronics

It has been a couple of weeks since double earthquakes hit the Japanese island of Kyushu in the Kumamoto prefecture, self-named as Japan’s Silicon Valley. The two earthquakes, one registering 6.5 magnitude followed by the main 7.3 magnitude event, are unusual in that they occurred in a two-day time frame. Additionally significant: 1,000 aftershocks continue…

Display IP Drives Foxconn-Sharp Deal

Ongoing consolidation has me sometimes feeling that the semiconductor and electronics industry is a shrinking group of major corporations representing leading sectors. The headlining M&A story of the year—so far– is the Foxconn-Sharp merger penned at the beginning of April, but which began in 2012. The seesaw story of Sharp’s financial troubles plagued the company for…

ON Semiconductor Adds Two Japan-Based Distributors

ON Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: ONNN), driving energy efficiency innovations, has announced new distribution channel partner agreements with two multi-national electronics trading franchises based in Japan. Ryosan Co., Ltd. and Macnica Inc. join the roster of ON Semiconductor channel sales partners to help expand domestic sales within Japan and work to drive sales growth in China…

GaN Systems Inks Distribution Deal with Daitron

Ottawa, Ontario – GaN Systems Inc, a leading developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, today announced it has signed a distribution agreement with Japanese company Daito Electron (Daitron) to distribute its gallium nitride (GaN) high power switching transistors in Japan and Korea.   GaN Systems’ gallium nitride power transistors are based on its proprietary Island…