December 4, 2013 
Editor's Note 

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the latest in a series of trends that will drive the proliferation of electronics. Now that the cloud has lowered the cost of connectivity and data management, devices that traditionally wouldn't communicate with one another can be linked. Interconnect, passive and electromechanical (IP&E) components play a key role in making IoT system work. Sensors, for example, are being used to detect when a car stops at a parking meter and how long the car is there. When the meter runs out, a signal is wirelessly sent to authorities. This way, authorities can focus on actual scofflaws rather than monitoring the same parking areas over and over again. The same technology can be used by consumers who want to avoid tickets.


Editor in chief Bolaji Ojo takes a look at the Internet of Things (IoT) in his article Electronics Firms Double Down on the 'Internet of Things. He discusses how it will have some big implications and opportunities for many industry players.  Already some major distributors are teaming up with semiconductor suppliers to support the IoT market. This may be driven in part by more and more customers who are looking for distributor partners to sell more than just components. (See: Fay Takes the Helm: What's next for Avnet EMIt will be interesting in watch how the IoT trend impacts the entire IP&E market. Please send any comments about the IP&E market & IoT to me at:


On the same topic, managing editor Barbara Jorgensen writes about how IoT like big data is expected to drive big growth thanks in part to low-cost sensors. See her story: Sensors to Play Key Role in IoT


In other news, Amphenol Corp. has agreed to acquire the Advanced Sensors business unit of General Electric Corp. for $318 million in its continued quest to add proprietary and high-margin products to its portfolio. This adds to its line of products in automotive, medical, industrial and transportation. Another notable acquisition in the interconnect industry is Winchester's acquisition of SRC Cables. Similarly, its products are used in high-margin, high-reliability applications including test and measurement, datacom, military and aerospace, and medical.


While not specifically IP&E industry news, I feel compelled to refer you to Bolaji's  article If China Goes to War . . . in light of current events, specifically China establishing a new Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea. Read this as an early warning about the possible implications to the global economy and particularly the entire electronics industry supply chain.


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Fay Takes the Helm: What's next for Avnet EM

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Electronics Firms Double down on the 'Internet of Things'

The wave of connectivity sweeping through the global industrial economy has implications for all companies involved in the electronics design and supply chains. It is creating challenges as well as opportunities for most industry players. On one hand, the Internet of Things phenomenon is opening up new markets, helping to expand traditional sectors and offering companies the opportunity to extend current offerings into adjacent economic segmentsContinue reading

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Amphenol Snaps up GE Unit for $318M

Amphenol Corp. said it has agreed to acquire the Advanced Sensors business unit of General Electric Corp. for $318 million in continuation of its efforts to add proprietary and high-margin products to its portfolio. This transaction adds a line of products in automotive, medical, industrial and transportation to Amphenol's already extensive offerings. The company in a statement said Advanced Sensors is a developer of highly-engineered sensors and sensor-based instruments, which it sells to companies globally. It has facilities in Asia, Europe and North America. Continue reading

DLA Considers Expanding DNA-Marking Program

In a typical electronics product, a system is only as strong as its weakest link. Therefore, it is the best interest of system builders to ensure none of the parts or subassemblies it uses are suspect. DLA is looking at  [SigNature] DNA marking, along with other technologies as a possible solution to mitigate counterfeits for  high risk items including bearings (aviation), electrical connectors (L&M), semiconductors (L&M), and fittings, hoses, and tubes (land & marine or L&M). Continue reading 

Sensors to Play Key Role in IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT), like Big Data, is expected to drive the next wave of high-tech growth - including electronic components. "The explosion of IoT activity over the next few years will be driven by the nexus of low cost sensors," according to Andrew Milroy, Vice President, ICT Practice, Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific, in a press release, "as well as cloud computing, advanced data analytics and mobility."  Continue reading 

If China Goes to War . . .

If China goes to war, the electronics and global manufacturing supply chain will be completely muddled up. It will lead to the worst of all worst case scenarios; logistics disarray and crippled production that will certainly drive the global economy into a nasty recession. Of course, we all hope (and think) this will never happen but just to be sure this is a clarion call to political and business leaders to do all they can to avoid such a crisis. Continue reading 


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