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Dolby Unveils Technology To Improve TV Brightness

January 7, 2014 9:12 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Dolby, long known for pristine sound, is now trying to improve what you see. On Monday, at the International CES gadget show, the company unveiled Dolby Vision, a technology that increases the brightness and contrast of TV sets.     

Intel Says Its Processors Are Now 'Conflict-Free'

January 7, 2014 8:55 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

It's the first major U.S. technology company to make such a claim about its products. It's the fruit of four years of work by the company to determine the sources of four crucial metals widely used in electronics manufacturing: tantalum, tungsten, tin and gold.

Wave Of Wearable Gadgets Expected At CES

January 6, 2014 9:20 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Gadgets that you snap, buckle or fasten to your body are already marketed to fitness freaks obsessed with tracking every possible metric their bodies produce. There are countless smartwatches for tech nerds who'd rather glance at their wrists to check messages than reach for their smartphones.


Q&A: element14 And Big Distributor Trends For 2014

January 2, 2014 10:06 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

There are three trends I am seeing with suppliers in 2014. First, there is an ongoing and increasing pace of new products being introduced, particularly in the hostile environment, energy efficiency, wireless and miniaturization spaces. Second, suppliers are becoming increasingly engaged with distribution partners.

2 Companies To Invest $28.6M, Add Jobs In Michigan

December 20, 2013 6:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. this week announced that Circuit Controls Corp. and North American Lighting Inc. are getting incentives approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund. The state says the expansions could mean 112 new Michigan jobs.

A Connected Factory In The Semiconductor Industry

December 12, 2013 10:40 am | by Ramadurai Ramalingam, Vice President & Head of Semiconductor, Computing and Storage Vertical, Wipro & Manoj Ramanujam, Senior Consultant, Business Solutions – Semiconductor, Computing and Storage Vertical, Wipro | Articles | Comments

Semiconductor companies have pockets of excellence within their business operations, but fragmented and often outdated systems make real time intelligence a difficult proposition in the current landscape. This is why the concept of a connected factory that is supported by an analytical framework is critical for the semiconductor organizations and can truly result in efficiency improvements for the semiconductor manufacturers.

Koch Finishes $7.2B Deal For Ill. Company

December 10, 2013 9:42 am | News | Comments

Wichita-based Koch Industries Inc. has completed its $7.2 billion purchase of an Illinois company that makes electronic components and cables. Koch says it is paying $38.50 per Molex Inc. share in cash, plus 18 cents per share, representing a pro-rata portion of the regular quarterly cash dividend.

Koch Industries Acquires Molex Incorporated

December 9, 2013 11:19 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

Koch Industries, Inc., has announced the completion of its $7.2 billion acquisition of global electronic components company Molex Incorporated (NASDAQ: MOLX). Molex is now an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, and will retain its name, headquarters in Lisle, Ill., and current management team as it moves forward.


Merck To Buy Materials Supplier AZ

December 5, 2013 10:05 am | News | Comments

Germany's Merck KGaA has announced plans to buy AZ Electronic Materials, which supplies high-tech materials for the electronics industry, for about 1.6 billion pounds ($2.6 billion).Pharmaceutical and high-tech materials company Merck said Thursday that it will offer 403.5 pence ($6.61) in cash per AZ share.

Tracking The Future Of Conflict Minerals

December 3, 2013 12:58 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

These conflict minerals — cassiterite, wolframite, coltan and gold — are mined in the DRC by various rebel groups and those who, generally speaking, do not bind themselves to any threshold of human rights. Because minerals mined in these countries go through a complex network of middlemen in the region and in East Asian processing plant, the exact source of a particular batch of gold can be difficult, if not impossible, to find.

7 Ways Signal Noise Can Impact Your Electrical Equipment

November 13, 2013 11:47 am | by CAS DataLoggers | Articles | Comments

Have you been having problems with your electrical equipment but haven’t found the cause? For many users it turns out to be a very common, widespread problem called ground loop feedback--an electrical phenomenon which occurs when different electrical circuits are powering a system and its peripherals.

Fiber-Optic Cable Manufacturer Expanding Va. Plant

November 6, 2013 11:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fiber-optic cable manufacturer is planning to expand its Culpeper operations, creating 30 jobs. Gov. Bob McDonnell said Wednesday that TE Connectivity Ltd. will invest more than $15 million in the expansion.

Maximizing Operational Reliability Through Lightning Protection

November 4, 2013 11:52 am | by Peter Carpenter, Lightning Eliminators and Consultants | Articles | Comments

For any business with a physical presence, from a nuclear power plant to a large manufacturing and shipping facility to an office equipped with sensitive electronics, a determination of the consequences of a lightning strike should be part of this risk analysis.


Chemtura Sells Consumer Unit For $315M

October 11, 2013 7:41 am | News | Comments

Chemtura said Thursday that it will sell its consumer products business for $315 million and is exploring a sale of its agrochemicals unit as it focuses on chemicals for the transportation, energy and electronics industries. Chemtura has already been paring back the company, selling its antioxidant business for $200 million earlier this year.

CTS Selling Unit To Benchmark Electronics For $75M

October 3, 2013 8:48 am | News | Comments

CTS is selling its electronics manufacturing solutions business to Benchmark Electronics Inc. for $75 million. Elkhart, Inc.-based CTS said Thursday that the transaction allows it to concentrate on its components and sensors business and provides more capital for higher-margin businesses.

Manufacturing Irony: Fans Are The ‘Achilles Heel’ Of Your PC

September 18, 2013 2:14 pm | by John Donoghue, Content Manager, Logic Supply | Articles | Comments

But what does it do, why does it matter and maybe more importantly, why should you care about the humble fan in the first place? Lets start by talking about this component which, after all, is designed to save (not hurt) your workstations.

EnerSys Buys Purcell Systems For $115M

September 18, 2013 9:22 am | News | Comments

EnerSys said Wednesday that it reached a deal to buy Purcell Systems Inc. for $115 million. Spokane, Wash.-based Purcell designs, manufactures and markets thermally-managed electronic equipment and battery cabinet enclosures for telecommunication, broadband, utility, rail and military uses.

Koch Industries Buying Molex For About $6.86B

September 9, 2013 8:32 am | News | Comments

Koch — run by the billionaire brothers Charles and David — said Monday that it will pay $38.50 per Molex Inc. share. That's a 31 percent percent premium to the company's $29.34 Friday closing price. The companies put the deal's total value at about $7.2 billion.

Jason Grahek: Let Innovation Set You Apart

August 28, 2013 3:19 pm | by Manufacturing Revival Radio | Podcasts | Comments

Today's guest is Jason Grahek, Strategic Account Manager for the Lakeland Companies — the most complete provider of high-quality electrical component and systems solutions for growing industrial companies throughout the Midwest.

First U.S.-Made Smartphone Just As Cheap To Produce

August 28, 2013 12:46 pm | News | Comments

The Moto X is the first smartphone to carry the "Made in the U.S.A." designation. Labor costs are higher in the U.S. compared with Asian factories, where phones are typically made. But IHS said the Moto X is about 5 percent cheaper to make than Samsung Electronic Co.'s flagship Galaxy S4 phone.

Piracy, Printing And A New Era Of Manufacturing

August 27, 2013 9:47 am | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

A topic that doesn’t seem to come up, at least via outlets that are 3D-printer friendly (which are in a powerful majority at this point), is the proliferation of piracy thanks to the quickly emerging 3D-printer market. Much like Napster brought a slapped major record labels across the face, 3D printing is poised to make major manufacturers shake in their boots… maybe.

Rockwell Collins Buys ARINC For $1.39B

August 12, 2013 7:36 am | News | Comments

Aviation and military electronics maker Rockwell Collins said Sunday it is buying Annapolis, Md.-based ARINC Inc. from the investment firm The Carlyle Group for $1.39 billion.Cedar Rapids-based Rockwell Collins, which currently does more than half its business with the government, was seeking to add commercial customers.

Ericsson And STMicroelectronics Split Up ST-Ericsson

August 5, 2013 11:37 am | News | Comments

Ericsson and STMicroelectronics today announced they have closed the transaction for the split-up of ST-Ericsson, with the formal transfer of relevant parts of the joint venture to each parent company. The plan, effective August 2, 2013, means some existing activities are being shut down with equal funding from both companies.

Rockwell Collins Ortberg Takes On CEO Position

August 1, 2013 12:49 pm | News | Comments

The aviation and military electronics maker announced last month that Ortberg, who will hold is previous position as company president, would succeed Clay Jones. The 64-year-old Jones has spent nearly 34 years at Rockwell Collins. He will continue as non-executive chairman.

DAS Announces Point-Of-Use Gas Abatement In Wet Bench Semiconductor Processes

July 25, 2013 11:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

 DAS Environmental Expert DmbH has developed and installed what it calls the SALIX system, the world’s first point-of-use system for removing waste gas pollutants in semiconductor wafer manufacturing wet bench applications. 

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