Omron Buys Relay Maker

KYOTO, Japan — OMRON Corp. announced that OMRON (China) Co., Ltd. (OMRON’s China Group Head Office) and Shanghai Best Electrical Appliance Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (BST) entered into an equity transfer agreement under which OMRON (China) will acquire a 100% stake in BST. BST is a manufacturer of power latching relays in China. According to the…

Kaman Buys Target Electronic Supply

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. — Kaman Corporation (NASDAQ-GS: KAMN) announced today that its subsidiary Kaman Industrial Technologies Corporation (Kaman) has acquired the assets of Target Electronic Supply, Inc. (Target), of Westwood, Massachusetts. Target, a leading motion control distributor in the New England trading area, increases Kaman’s already strong position in those markets and will become part of…

US Thumps China in Solar Panel Shipment

China has a huge trade surplus with the United States in many segments of the economy but not, surprisingly, in the sale of solar panels, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association. A recent report from the two organizations indicates US shipments of solar products to China far exceed imports from the…

GainSpan, WPG Have Distribution Deal

SAN JOSE, Calif. — GainSpan® Corporation, a leading developer of ultra-low power embedded Wi-Fi solutions, and WPG Americas, Inc., today announced a strategic distribution partnership whereby WPG Americas will sell GainSpan's complete line of low power Wi-Fi products in the Americas. WPG Americas, based in San Jose, CA, is a member of WPG Holdings, the…

Avnet Schedules Webinar Series

PHOENIX — For a full 24 hours Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), will be hosting its virtual Power Forum — providing on-demand technical training from nearly 20 industry-leading power technology suppliers, including Infineon, Maxim, National Semiconductor, TE Connectivity and Texas Instruments. On September 21, 2011, attendees will have…

International Rectifier Reports Results

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — International Rectifier Corporation (NYSE:IRF) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter (ended June 26, 2011) of its fiscal year 2011. Revenue for the fourth quarter fiscal year 2011 was $317.2 million, a 6.9% increase from $296.7 million in the third quarter fiscal year 2011 and a 20.3% increase from $263.8…

A Primer on FeedThru MLVs

FeedThru multilayer varistors (MLVs) were developed to decrease the parallel inductance of a standard discrete MLV, maximize series inductance, and tune capacitance. The FeedThru devices can be packaged into a single-element 0508 or a four-element 0612 FeedThru form factor. Regardless of the specific configuration, all FeedThru MLVs exhibit significantly faster turn-on times (on the order…

Mixed Signals & Mad Money

Given the state of the global economy, it's not surprising there are mixed signals coming out of the electronics industry. A few weeks ago, {complink 453|Arrow Electronics Inc.}, a $19 billion global distributor (for calendar 2010), reported that although its Book-to-Bill (BTB) ratio had dropped below 1 in late June, July orders were picking up.…

Pulse Electronics Posts Q2 Figures

SAN DIEGO — Pulse Electronics Corporation (NYSE:PULS), a leading provider of electronic components, today reported results for its second quarter ended July 1, 2011. Net sales were $94.8 million compared with $116.5 million in the prior-year quarter, and up 7.7 percent from $88.0 million in the first quarter. Read the full press release. {complink 12973|Pulse…

It’s About Time

More than a decade ago, electronics distributor Marshall Industries — which was acquired by {complink 577|Avnet Inc.} in 1999 — ran a marketing campaign using the slogan, “It's about time.” Distributors were then, and are now, all about helping customers better manage their schedules. If you think time management has gotten any better in a…