Archive for July, 2015

Freescale Touts Smallest Smart System

| July 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
Freescale Touts Smallest Smart System

Austin, Tex. – Freescale Semiconductor claims the smallest single chip module (SCM) for the Internet of Things (IoT). The new SCM line can integrate hundreds of components including processors, memory, power management and RF parts, which would otherwise be deployed on a six-inch board, into a 17-mm x 14-mm x 1.7-mm package – the size […]

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Electronics Vendors still Caught in Inventory Trap

| July 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
Electronics Vendors still Caught in Inventory Trap

The electronics industry’s cyclical downturns and upcycles may have become less vicious over the last decade but it appears enterprises in the sector have still not fully sorted out the inventory challenges that have for long been the bane of the market, according to a research firm. Whatever the nature of the inventory – finished […]

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Arrow, NovAtel Sign Distribution Agreement

| July 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Centennial, Colo.– Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) today announced that it is now carrying a number of NovAtel high-precision global navigation satellite system (GNSS) and GPS products to Arrow customers in the Americas, and globally through arrow.com. “An increasing number of businesses are turning to location technology to manage and monitor their operations, vehicle fleets and […]

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Arrow’s Bird on Supplier Consolidation and Design

| July 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
Arrow’s Bird on Supplier Consolidation and Design

In his role as president of Arrow Electronics Inc.’s Americas components business, Alan Bird is responsible for all customer and supplier relationships, sales and the management of employees. During his 25 years in the electronics industry he has seen tremendous change, including the growth of outsourcing to China and other parts of Asia; economic recessions; the […]

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Tsinghua-Micron: A Fake $23B Deal to Test U.S. Regulators?

| July 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
Tsinghua-Micron: A Fake $23B Deal to Test U.S. Regulators?

Micron Technology Inc. may be an attractive acquisition target but it should not be on the acquisition menu of China’s Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd. as reported earlier this week by many news outlets. In fact, considering the likely regulatory opposition to the deal, it shouldn’t even be seriously considered by a Chinese company. This transaction doesn’t […]

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How Procurement Can Better Evaluate Risk vs. Opportunity

| July 19, 2015 | 1 Comment
How Procurement Can Better Evaluate Risk vs. Opportunity

The semiconductor and electronics supply chain, like many other industries, is experiencing a renewed round of diversification strategies. There are a myriad of reasons and market opportunities driving the strategic shifts, but the bottom line remains a unified goal of increased business (volume and revenue) at improved costs with ever more finely managed risks. Among […]

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What Happens to Purchasing When Suppliers Merge?

| July 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
What Happens to Purchasing When Suppliers Merge?

Purchasers fret when suppliers merge. As well they should. Continuity of supplies is critical to success in the procurement world and nothing threatens this more than mergers and acquisition activities. An acquisition can result in the elimination of product lines, derailing carefully laid out procurement plans. A spate of recent acquisitions in the semiconductor market […]

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Global Chip Sales Point to Shift in Supply Chain Balance

| July 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
Global Chip Sales Point to Shift in Supply Chain Balance

In the midst of the stock market tumbling in China and general, global economic malaise, there is still much to be said for sustainable growth trends across the semiconductor and electronics industry, from foundries to end-devices. However, along with this positive macro-trend for the industry is a disruptive shift that heralds a change in the […]

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Miniaturization Drives FPGA Growth

| July 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
Miniaturization Drives FPGA Growth

San Francisco, Calif. – The global field programmable gate array (FPGA) market is forecast to reach $9,882.5 million by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. The key growth driver over the next six years is increasing demand for consumer electronics, including smartphones. The report, FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) Market Analysis By […]

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Risky Supply Chains: Procurement’s Biggest Challenge

| July 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
Risky Supply Chains: Procurement’s Biggest Challenge

The biggest external challenge for businesses is supply chain risk, according to a new procurement study conducted by Xchanging plc, a business technology and services provider. The study of 830 procurement professionals across the UK, Europe and North America reveals that 77 percent of respondents believe supply chain risk is the biggest challenge to their […]

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