Avnet Expands MicroZed Offering

Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today introduced the FMC Carrier Card and the Breakout Carrier Card, extensions of the MicroZed™ Evaluation Kit and System-on-Module (SOM), offering hardware and software designers cost-effective platforms that can be used to prototype a wide variety of applications in the industrial, medical, security and…

When EOL is the Beginning of Sourcing Havoc

Most non-engineers will readily admit that new technology is pretty complicated, but buyers will tell you obsolete products are the real challenge. A majority of purchasers in the electronics supply chain may not be seeking end-of-life (EOL) parts, but those that do will tell you all kinds of problems are associated with EOL. First, many…

Xilinx-Flextronics: Just the Facts

When news of Xilinx’s suit against Flextronics first broke, the details alleged fraudulent transactions among Xilinx, Flex and two end-customers. The distribution industry, a key player in the global supply chain, wasn’t mentioned in the press release. In the weeks since, EPS readers have provided a lot of feedback, criticism and opinions and the trade…

Another Wrinkle in Xilinx-Flextronics Suit

The lawsuit between FPGA supplier Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX) and EMS Flextronics International (NASDAQ:FLEX) has brought to the surface several points of contention in the supply chain, including the resale of electronics components and the risk of counterfeit parts. Now, court documents related to the suit are pressing another hot button in the channel: the issue…

IPC: EMS Growth Set to Resume

Electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers – with the possible exception of mega-EMS Foxconn – have been struggling to maintain the kind of growth they have experienced in prior years. That’s unlikely to resume given the single-digit profit margins that have become SOP for the industry. However, according to the IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® ,…

Xilinx Holds Tightly to FPGA Lead

Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) is hot with investors and the analyst community. The rating of the semiconductor manufacturer was recently upgraded by several research firms with all of them jacking up their 52-week price target for its stock on the belief that the company is well positioned for near-term growth after notching a technology edge…

Readers Weigh in on Xilinx-Flex Suit

Many readers have weighed in about the Xilinx-Flextronics suit (See: Xilinx Sues Flextronics for Alleged Fraudulent Chip Resale and The Multiple Dangers of Component Resale) and have made a number of good points I’d like to share here. First, it does not appear that the channel, authorized or independent,  was involved in the transaction. Although…