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Vishay wins top prize at prestigious Supplier Excellence Awards

May 6, 2014 3:30 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Vishay Intertechnology, Tti, Inc., Molex, Nichicon America Corp, Fci | News | Comments

Since 1995, TTI has recognized the industry’s achievements in distribution with the Supplier Excellence Awards, and 2014 saw a number of repeat honorees, including a 14-time winner and a company which took home a trophy every year since the program’s inception in ’95....

TTI kicks off EDS 2014 with the “Unbreakable Supply Chain”

May 6, 2014 1:43 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

EDS bills itself as the “premier distribution event of the year”, and fittingly, the festivities kicked off with a breakfast/awards show/networking event hosted by TTI, a Fort Worth-based distributor of passive, interconnect, and electromechanical components....

Real-time simulation of textiles

March 21, 2014 9:22 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Fashion designers, pattern makers and tailors produce new collections using computer programs. The Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research is working on connecting both worlds so the design process can be virtually simulated. A new software technology depicts clothing samples....

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Photos of the Day: HAV 304 Hybrid airship

March 17, 2014 11:10 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

A UK design firm recently unveiled the Airlander, a football field-sized airship that they hope will become the new standard for transportation for supplies. Each Airlander costs around $40 million to construct.Weighing in at 44,000 pounds, this airship uses 80 percent less fuel than airplanes and helicopters.

Megger raises close to $4,000 for Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation

February 21, 2014 10:22 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Megger raised close to $4,000 for Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation on Saturday, January 25 at its 13th annual Megger Distributor Golf Event. The outing, which took place at the Lakes of Ahawatukee Golf Course in Phoenix, Arizona, is held each year in honor of 17 year old cancer graduate, Tyler Danner.

How outsourcing went horribly wrong

February 5, 2014 11:56 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

If your own organization hasn’t jumped onto the bandwagon and outsourced most or all of its manufacturing to specialty houses or to lower-cost countries, then you have been reading a great many articles and posts about the trend. There is much debate over the effectiveness of the strategy....

Solving the supply chain bottleneck

January 31, 2014 7:43 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I spent some time on the show floor at DesignCon today, and learned about some serious supply chain and manufacturing glitches when it comes to designing. It’s not something our engineers have mentioned, but it’s an interesting and potentially costly set of problems nonetheless.   

The 4th Industrial Revolution is upon us

October 29, 2013 4:20 pm | by John Donovan for Mouser Electronics | Mouser Electronics | Articles | Comments

The first Industrial Revolution was driven by the steam engine and mechanization, the second by Henry Ford’s assembly line and the third in the 1970s, when computers revolutionized the workplace. Now the three have coalesced, putting us at the dawn of Industry 4.0....

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Filtering out of all that ‘noise’

October 29, 2013 2:58 pm | by Bob Ydens and Brett Robinson, PhD, EMI Solutions, Inc. | Articles | Comments

As processing speeds in electronics continue to rise, and packaging continues to shrink, sensitive internal components are located closer and closer together. Higher clock speeds coupled with increased density of components leads to increasing amounts of electromagnetic interference (EMI) and Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) noise.

More than just parts: Distribution in the e-commerce age

October 29, 2013 2:39 pm | by Dave Doherty, Digikey Corporation | Articles | Comments

Electronic component distributors historically have simply been an outlet from which to source parts. Not so long ago, customers paged through gigantic catalogs searching for specific parts by category. Then, orders were often placed with multiple distributors selected by order type – a single part or a volume order.

Distribution keeps automotive moving

October 28, 2013 12:52 pm | by Rondekka Moore, Vice President, Demand Creation Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas | Articles | Comments

The automotive industry is undergoing two major paradigm shifts that each will demand more involvement from the distribution channel. The first of these is the race to more fuel efficiency for vehicles that will be coming down the pike in the future. By 2025, automotive fuel efficiency must reach an average of 54.5 miles per gallon.

Tool promises to bring 3D design capability to all engineers

September 12, 2013 5:55 pm | Allied Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allied Electronics (Allied) and RS Components (RS), the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc announced DesignSpark Mechanical, a new 3D solid modeling and assembly tool that is available to all –free of charge. Developed in conjunction with SpaceClaim, the new easy-to-use DesignSpark Mechanical are intended to...

Reducing multitasking at HP Digital Camera

August 5, 2013 8:50 am | by Sanjeev Gupta, CEO of Realization Technologies in San Jose, Calif. | Blogs | Comments

Like many consumer electronics organizations, HP Digital Camera saw that its people were working hard, but they also knew that they were not meeting deadlines and were not as productive as they needed to be. In the year before implementing the steps necessary to eliminate organizational multitasking, HP Digital Camera had released six different models of digital cameras,

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Organizational multitasking: The secret killer of engineering productivity

July 29, 2013 9:38 am | by Sanjeev Gupta, CEO of Realization Technologies | Blogs | Comments

Nearly all of the research on multitasking to date has studied its effects on individuals. Researchers have not yet paid much attention to the effects of multitasking on organizations, but there are good reasons to believe that multitasking has similar effects at an organizational level. After all, people do not typically work independently in organizations

How standards boost business

July 23, 2013 12:16 pm | by S. Joe Bhatia, President and CEO, American National Standards InstituteEditor | Blogs | Comments

From the corner offices across America to the halls of Capitol Hill, leaders in the public and private sectors are sounding the call for economic reform and job creation. As the U.S. looks to forge a path for sustainable economic growth for the nation, there is a powerful business tool that can help U.S. industry to fuel business performance and drive growth.

Putting distributor relationships first

July 18, 2013 9:43 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

“We’re the breath of fresh air the industry needs,” states Jeff Simon, chief executive manager of America Semiconductor. Although the term “start-up” probably isn’t completely accurate, the four-month company represents a new entry to the semiconductor marketplace.

Microcontrollers include built-in 16-bit timers and up to 32 I/O touch-sense-enabled pins

July 16, 2013 2:57 pm | Mouser Electronics, Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Mouser Electronics is offering an expanded range of Texas Instruments’ ultra-low power MSP430 Value Line Microcontrollers, providing superior 16-bit MCU performance and industry leading ultra-low power consumption for cost-sensitive applications that have traditionally depended on low cost 8-bit microcontrollers.

Former part-time employee heads global empire

July 12, 2013 8:54 am | by David Mantey, Executive Editor, PD&D | Mouser Electronics | Blogs | Comments

In 1973, Glenn Smith was just a college kid who went to work part-time in the warehouse of what was little more than a mom and pop electronics catalog start-up in San Diego. Smith was one of a dozen employees. Today, Smith celebrates his 40th anniversary with global distributor Mouser Electronics as the company’s president and chief executive officer.

LEDs deliver up to 200 lumens-per-watt

June 11, 2013 3:46 pm | Mouser Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Mouser Electronics announced it is stocking the new XLamp MK-R LEDs from Cree, which leverage the SC³ Technology next-generation LED platform to deliver up to 200 lumens-per-watt. Cree XLamp MK-R LEDs are built on Cree's revolutionary SC³ Technology platform, delivering up to 200 lumens-per-watt....

Mouser Electronics’ President and CEO Glenn Smith celebrates 40 years of service

May 22, 2013 11:16 am | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics announced the 40th company anniversary milestone of Glenn Smith, Mouser’s President and Chief Executive Officer. In 1973, Pong was cutting edge in the world of video games, music came on eight-track tapes, TV viewing was limited to three networks and Glenn Smith was a college kid....

LEDs deliver high flux density & efficacy

May 20, 2013 3:05 pm | Mouser Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Mouser Electronics announced it is stocking the new LUXEON M LEDs from Philips Lumileds, delivering high flux density and high efficacy with Freedom From Binning. Philips Lumileds LUXEON M is an illumination grade LED designed to enable indoor, outdoor, and industrial applications and is optimized either for high efficiency or low cost, where exceptional flux density and uniformity are critical.

What improvements would you like to see from distributors in the next 12 months?

May 16, 2013 2:29 pm | Articles | Comments

We asked our industry experts and ECN readers to weigh in on our  distributors question: What improvements would you like to see from distributors in the next 12 months? Here is what they had to say about the current state of the industry and hot it needs to be improved...

Round LEDs provide efficient match for circular optical systems and narrow beam projectors

April 9, 2013 4:39 pm | Mouser Electronics, Luminus Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Mouser Electronics announced it is stocking the world’s first round LED, the CBT-140 Big Chip Round LEDs from Luminus Devices. This new round emitting aperture provides the most efficient match for circular optical systems and narrow beam projectors.

At the core: Mobility continues to drive supply chain growth

April 8, 2013 11:23 am | by Mark Bollinger, Vice President, Marketing, Smith & Associates | Articles | Comments

Mobility continues to be the hottest trend for the semiconductor and electronics industry. As though there were any need for supporting data, the major electronics shows from the first quarter of 2013 displayed and demoed the latest array of mobile devices.

Apple patents iPhone with wraparound display, no physical buttons

April 1, 2013 8:45 am | by PETER SVENSSON AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is seeking a patent for an iPhone that has a display that wraps around the edges of the device, expanding the viewable area and eliminating all physical buttons. The patent application reveals that Apple has put some thought into a device that takes advantage of a new generation of displays, which don't have to be flat and rigid like today's liquid-crystal displays, or LCDs.

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