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Euro distributors enjoyed ‘healthy’ 2015, says DMASS

Components distribution in Europe enjoyed a rather healthy 2015, according to DMASS, the Distributors’ and Manufacturers’ Association of Semiconductor Specialists. Figures released by the organisation show sales of industrial semiconductors through distribution channels in Q4 2015 grew by 11.3% to €1.75billion, compared to Q4 2014, while sales in 2015 reached €7.3bn, 14.6% higher than in 2014.

e2v signs high reliability deal with Peregrine

High reliability semiconductor specialist e2v has signed a deal with Peregrine Semiconductor under which it will become the sole provider of the latter’s high reliability circuits to the space market. The deal, says e2v, will allow it to offer products that span the signal chain from RF to back end, including data converters, memory and high performance data processing.

Cultural transformation

Lindsley Ruth, appointed chief executive of Electrocomponents in April 2015, says he is in the early stages of a ‘cultural transformation’ at RS Components.

Partnership to commercialise sodium-ion technology

Faradion is collaborating with AGM Batteries to utilise AGM’s experience in commercialising lithium-ion cells through to volume manufacturing. AGM will develop Faradion’s sodium-ion technology, at its 4000m2 production facility in Scotland, to a standard where it could service markets such as Automotive, Oil and Gas, Grid Storage and Defence.

RS puts the spotlight on its private label products

Distribution specialist RS Components is looking to enhance the range of choice available to its customers with a new focus on its private label product range. Previously marketed under three brands – RS Pro, Essential and Isotech – the 40,000 products in the portfolio will now be available under the RS Pro banner.

Qualcomm and TDK collaborate to provide cutting-edge communications technologies

Qualcomm and TDK have announced a $3billion joint venture to deliver RF front-end (RFFE) modules and RF filters into fully integrated systems for mobile devices and fast-growing business segments, such as Internet of Things (IoT), drones, robotics, automotive applications and more. Under the name RF360 Holdings, the joint venture will draw upon TDK’s capabilities in micro-acoustic RF filtering, packaging and module integration technologies and Qualcomm’s expertise in advanced wireless technologies to serve customers with leading-edge RF solutions into fully integrated systems.

PsiKick raises $16.5m to power a batteryless revolution in the IoT

US Internet of Things (IoT) startup company, PsiKick has announced a $16.5million Series B financing round, led by Osage University Partners and joined by existing investors New Enterprise Associates (NEA), the University of Michigan Investment in New Technologies Fund (MINTS), as well as individual angels. This brings total funding raised by the Company to more than $22m.

Quixant acquires Densitron

Electronic display supplier, Densitron Technologies has been acquired by Quixant, a company that designs and manufactures solutions and monitors for the gaming machine industry. Densitron will continue as a separate subsidiary of the Quixant group.

XP Power to buy EMCO for $12million

XP Power has announced that it has acquired EMCO High Voltage Corporation (EMCO) in a $12m deal. EMCO supplies the industrial and medical sectors with standard, modified and custom high voltage products.

Silicon labs’ acquisition of Telegesis strengthens IoT mesh networking solutions

Silicon Labs has acquired Telegesis, a supplier of wireless mesh networking modules based on ZigBee technology, in a $20million cash purchase. This acquisition accelerates Silicon Labs’ roadmap for ZigBee and Thread-ready modules and enhances the company’s ability to support customer needs with mesh networking solutions ranging from wireless SoC devices to plug-and-play modules.

Element14 becomes largest global ARM distributor

As a result of an Asia-Pacific franchise agreement with ARM, element14 claims to have become the largest global distributor of ARM development tools, software, evaluation boards and debug hardware. The agreement also extends an existing Americas and EMEA franchise agreement between the two companies.

European semi sales buck seasonal trend and grow by 17.9%

Sales of semiconductors through industrial distribution channels in the third quarter of 2015 reached €1.86billion, 17.9% higher than in the same quarter of 2014. According to DMASS, the Distributors’ and Manufacturers’ Association of Semiconductor Specialists, this level of sales is ‘surprising’ as the summer quarter normally shows a sequential decline.

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