Chip Chain Remains Tight

Signs of a normal first-quarter seasonal slowdown are now scarcer than hens' teeth. Fourth-quarter wafer sales at {complink 5388|Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC)} — representing the industry’s first-quarter IC sales — were essentially flat from the third quarter. Meanwhile, the outlook for the first quarter of 2011 (parts meant for consumption in the second quarter)…

Connectors, DRAM, Foundries on the Rise

It is not just semiconductors that are off to a good start in 2011. The connector industry is as tight as a drum, too. Orders in December were up 13.3 percent year-over-year, with full-year orders up 29.3 percent over 2009, though down sequentially 11.1 percent from November 2010. The December connector book-to-bill ratio was 1.01,…

International Rectifier Acquires CHiL

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — International Rectifier Corporation (IR) (NYSE:IRF) announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held CHiL Semiconductor Corporation (CHiL) for $75 million in cash, subject to working capital adjustments. The acquisition expands IR’s technology by adding a leading digital power management platform that improves energy efficiency in a…

Avnet Stocks Aimtec Supplies

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), has signed a distribution agreement with Aimtec, a leading global designer and manufacturer of modular AC/DC and DC/DC switching power supplies. Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas will distribute Aimtec’s entire product line throughout the Americas and on www.AvnetExpress.com. Aimtec offers one…

Deal Expands CEI Customer Base

ONEONTA, N.Y. — Custom Electronics, Inc. (CEI), a leading designer and manufacturer of high-reliability electronics products, today announced it has purchased the KVX mica capacitor product line of Cornell Dubilier Marketing, a manufacturer of capacitors for the power electronics market. The acquisition will expand CEI's customer base and help the company capture a wider range…

Version 8 of PI Expert Suite Hits Market

SHENZHEN, China — Power Integrations (Nasdaq:POWI), the leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, today announced that PI Expert Suite Version 8, the latest upgrade to the company’s immensely popular power supply design software, is now available in simplified and traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Russian, as well as English. PI Expert Suite…

China Costs Prompt Price Hikes

Increased labor costs in China are now having an impact on component pricing in the US. Today, Philadelphia-based Pulse Electronics announced plans to increase component prices in the coming weeks. “The price increases are necessitated by higher minimum wage rates that will take effect in many provinces in China in March, as well as rising…

Bel Posts Q4

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Bel Fuse Inc. (NASDAQ:BELFA) (NASDAQ:BELFB) today announced preliminary unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and 2010. For the quarter, the Company reported that net sales increased 72% to a fourth quarter record $83.7 million. The net loss for the fourth quarter of $1.0 million included an $8.1 million charge for…

Pulse Electronics Posts Q4

PHILADELPHIA — Pulse Electronics Corporation (NYSE:PULS), a leading provider of electronic components, today reported results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2010. Fourth Quarter Highlights • Net sales were $101.2 million compared with $105.4 million in the prior-year quarter. • Operating profit according to U.S. GAAP was $4.1 million in the quarter compared with…

CSR, TSMC Extend Collaboration

CAMBRIDGE, U.K., and HSINCHU, Taiwan — CSR plc. (LSE: CSR) and TSMC (TWSE: 2330, NYSE: TSM) today announced they are collaborating on the adoption of TSMC’s leading edge 90-nm embedded flash process technology, IP and RF CMOS processes for CSR’s next-generation wireless products. The 90-nm embedded flash process technology and IP can deliver twice the…