Electronic Business News

SIA pushes for free trade

In a letter to politicians advocating the passage of the Trade Priorities and Accountability Act, the US Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has stated the importance of the semiconductor industry to America…

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Foundry grows 16%

Foundry industry revenues grew 16.1% in 2014, says Gartner, to reach $46.9 billion. It is the third successive year of 16% + growth in the foundry business…

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Put clean-tech in the election debate, says Iceotope founder

The need to make London’s server farms more environmentally-friendly should be on the political agenda at next month’s General Election, says the founder of a clean tech company. Peter Hopton, founder of Sheffield-based server cooling technology firm, Iceotope, believes that despite the political parties agreeing that…

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Microlease sees sales business as good for growth

Microlease is bidding to expand its test equipment rental business across Europe following an expansion of its activities selling test systems from Keysight Technologies, formerly Agilent Technologies. The Harrow-based instrument rental company has become an authorised distributor for the full range of Keysight’s products in the UK. Microlease…

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Anti-counterfeit measures must be balanced, says distributor

Over the past twelve months the supply chain has been undergoing a subtle change. Measures which have been introduced by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to prevent counterfeit components from reaching their production lines can also restrict the continuity of supply. The first sign of a tighter supply-chain process was…

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Distributors still see power of face-to-face sales meetings

Buying of components via the websites of distributors such as Digi-Key, Farnell, Mouser and RS is now common practice. Online purchasing of components is fast and efficient, but is it killing the possibility of face-to-face sales meetings which some suppliers believe still has an important place in…

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Comment: Take component obsolescence seriously

Obsolescence and end-of-life (EOL) have historically been associated mainly with programmes in areas such as military and aerospace, due to a combination of equipment lifetimes and the cost of change. However, more industries now have component obsolescence problems. Industrial automation, for example, faces some of the largest challenges…

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Nokia aims at Huawei with Alcatel-Lucent merger plan

Nokia has confirmed it is in advanced talks to buy rival communications network infrastructure firm Alcatel-Lucent. If successful, the merger would great a major network supplying business and would turn the global network infrastructure market into a three way battle with Ericsson and Chinese giant, Huawei.    Nokia’s market…

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