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Building supply chains to rival China

In the electronics industry the arguments for and against offshore and onshore manufacturing seem to follow a never-ending yo-yo pattern. More recently, a third trend has developed in the form of re-shoring; as worries about quality issues, lengthened logistics and security have resulted in UK companies returning…

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190 million smart home products by 2018

The smart home market will grow by 56%, compounded annually, in the next three years, with 190 million products shipping by 2018, according to market research firm IHS Technology, and Bluetooth Smart will be the fastest growing smart home connectivity technology. “Bluetooth Smart has the unique advantage of being low…

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Component distribution can take hybrid approach

It’s a truism that no one is better placed to tell you what’s going on in the electronics industry than a distributor. Our business is to know what’s being sold, or needs to be sold, and where. As the gatekeepers of the buying and selling, it becomes…

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Infineon grabs 20% of power market

This month’s acquisition of International Rectifier (IR) by Infineon changes the landscape of the power semiconductor market, says The Information Network…

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Market is heading out of the Doldrums

The maritime cliché “heading out of the Doldrums” nicely summarises the performance of the UK electronic components market in the first half of 2014. Having weathered the stormy waters of the global recession we suffered a series of squalls followed by a period of calm, and we are now catching…

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Qualcomm to buy CSR for £1.6bn

Qualcomm has announced that it has agreed a £1.6bn ($2.5bn) takeover of CSR, the Cambridge-based Bluetooth and wireless chip firm. CSR has long been a likely target of US chip firms. Most recently Microchip Technology had been the most likely buyer. But Qualcomm has moved quickly to…

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Cowan forecasts 9.7% semi growth

Based on August sales, Mike Cowan’s forecast outlook for 2014’s global semiconductor sales came in at $335.3 billion meaning the industry will grow at 9.7% this year…

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IDT on a roll

IDT anticipates a period of rapid growth as it taps new markets and exploits new opportunities in old markets, according to its new CEO Gregory Waters…

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