Apple Watch: Blame the Displays

The new iPad — not to be confused with the iPad 2 — will go on sale tomorrow. Whether you actually get your hands on one will likely depend on your ingenuity or your willingness to camp out overnight in front of a retail store. It has been widely anticipated that iPad supply will not…

Heilind Stocks FCI Product Family

WILMINGTON, Mass. — Heilind Electronics, the largest distributor of interconnect products in North America, is now stocking FCI's MergeOptics family of products. FCI MergeOptics integrates optical components with high frequency electrical circuits into one compact module. MergeOptics product is designed for use in data communications, telecommunications, lasers, modulators and photo diode applications in the optical…

TTI, Kingbright Have Distribution Deal

FORT WORTH, Texas — TTI, Inc., a global distributor of interconnect, passive, electromechanical and discrete components, adds a new optoelectronics supplier, Kingbright Corporation, to its discrete semiconductor line card. Committed to growing the discretes portfolio by aligning with innovative manufacturers, TTI is proud to announce its new franchise agreement with Kingbright Corporation. Wen Sung, Kingbright…

Is Samsung LCD Spinoff the Right Move?

{complink 4750|Samsung Corp.}, the world's biggest maker of the LCD panels used in laptops, notebooks, TVs, and phones, is spinning off its LCD business. Samsung will continue to control all the shares of the new Samsung Display Co., which is scheduled to launch in early April. As part of this restructuring, Samsung intends to devote…

Behind Apple’s Alleged Move to Small Screens

Several news outlets are reporting today that {complink 379|Apple Inc.} is experimenting with smaller displays for an upcoming version of the iPad. The general consensus is that Apple, in an effort to compete with chief rival {complink 4751|Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.}, is broadening its tablet portfolio. Samsung offers its Galaxy Tab in 3 sizes: 7-inch,…

Changing the Way We Shop for Light

While the government has recently given a nine-month reprieve on the 100W incandescent bulb ban, it's an opportune time to look at how the way we shop for and buy lighting fixtures is changing. Given the nature of my business, I have a natural gravitation to the lighting aisle every time I'm at one of…

Who’s on Apple’s Supplier List?

{complink 379|Apple Inc.} is changing, perhaps faster than its late CEO and cofounder Steve Jobs might have permitted. Last week, for the first time in its history, the company released a list of companies that receive “97 percent of Apple's procurement expenditures for materials, manufacturing, and assembly of Apple's products worldwide.” That's not all. It…

10 Transformative Technology Events for 2012

What's ahead in 2012 for the technology industry? Current predictions for the global economy is for “slower growth” in 2012 due to Europe's fiscal weakness, slow expansion in North America, and potentials for declining exports for China. {complink 6856|Goldman Sachs & Co.}, for instance, predicts global economic growth of about 3 percent in 2012, “with…

2011 Roundup & 2012 Outlook From the Open Market

2011 saw two major, devastating natural disasters: Japan's earthquake and tsunami in March and, most recently, Thailand's flooding. Both of these unfortunate events led to global supply chain disruptions for extended periods and, in the case of Thailand, created a multi-quarter shortage situation for hard disk drives (HDD) and related components that will last well…

‘Tis the Season…

Right around this time every year, I make a promise to myself that I will invest in LED Christmas lights. This is the third year I've blown my promise. Three years ago, a 200-bulb string of LEDs approached the $50 mark. This year, pre-Black Friday, the same strand was closer to $29. Still I hesitate.…