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Anadigm Names President and CEO

William McLean, a 20-year veteran of the semiconductor industry and most recently president of U.S. operations at ParthusCeva, has been named CEO and president of Anadigm, Campbell, Calif.

McLean served as president of U.S. operations and vice president of worldwide sales at Parthus Technologies from 1998 until the company's recent combination with Ceva. By 2001, he grew Parthus sales to $41 million while leading the company's M&A activities in the United States and Asia. He joined Parthus from Authentec, a biometrics firm and spinoff from Harris Semiconductor, where he was vice president and chief marketing officer. McLean joined Harris Semiconductor in 1996 as vice president and general manager of worldwide sales and marketing.

McLean previously served in executive management positions at Fujitsu Microelectronics and Advanced Telecommunications Modules Ltd. He began his career at Texas Instruments, where he spent 12 years in various sales and marketing positions. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tenn.

Vishay to Acquire BCcomponents

Vishay Intertechnology Inc., Malvern, Pa., recently agreed to acquire BCcomponents Holdings B.V., a manufacturer of passive components with operations in Europe, India, and the Far East. BCcomponents' product lines include linear and nonlinear resistors; ceramic, film and aluminum electrolytic capacitors; and switches and trimming potentiometers.

In the transaction, Vishay will deliver warrants to acquire Vishay shares in exchange for the outstanding shares of BCcomponents and will arrange for the satisfaction of the outstanding senior and mezzanine debt of BCcomponents. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approval, and Vishay will be required to obtain approval of the transaction from its banks. The transaction is expected to close before the end of the calendar year. For more information, visit www.vishay.com.

Component Orders Flat for Fifth Straight Month

Component orders remained flat in October for the fifth straight month, according to the monthly index of the Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA). It's been more than three years since the index showed no significant movement over such a long period.

“Uncertainty and caution are the bywords that most industry observers use to describe the recent situation,” said ECA President Bob Willis. “The reasons for the inertia include saturation in some electronic product markets, instability in world economies, a possible war, and a lack of consumer confidence. Still, there is reason for optimism: Recent unit growth will spur profits if pricing pressures reverse themselves.”

Industry indicators continue to fluctuate, including manufacturing activity, job creation, and consumer confidence.

“Whether the storm is over or not remains to be seen,” said Willis, “but no news is better than bad news in this case. Many in the industry believe the first half of 2003 will begin an up cycle, although not the meteoric rise that was seen after the last flat period ended in August 1999; that dramatic upturn was driven by the over-inflated telecom/Internet boom.”

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Lead-Free Developments Continue at Tyco Electronics

The lead-free electronic interconnect development staff at Tyco Electronics, Harrisburg, Pa., says that continuing efforts in this field have yielded new alternatives to conventional lead-based solder.

Dr. Robert Hilty, director of materials research at Tyco Electronics said, “Tyco Electronics now has lead-free plating technologies and manufacturing capability in place in each of its global geographic regions, including the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. While most of this production capability is low-volume, the processes are proven and will ramp up as we convert our product base to lead-free.” Hilty also said that the platings have been qualified for solderable, separable, and press-fit applications. “The new platings are either tin or tin-copper alternatives,” Hilty said.

Tyco Electronics also offers lead-free platings by using gold, silver, palladium, and nickel in other high-volume production applications. In conjunction with the tin and tin-copper platings, Tyco Electronics has developed a complete portfolio of housing plastics that are not only lead-free, but also carry sufficient temperature ratings to endure the higher temperature processing common to lead-free plated connectors.

For more information, e-mail [email protected] or visit the company's lead-free catalog at catalog.tycoelectronics.com/TE/bin/TE.Menu?M=Menu&ID=10576&LG=1&I=1. promising and are expected to return to growth. Emerging 2.5G and 3G mobile handsets are forcing designers to use highly efficient power management ICs to maintain battery life.

Factors increasing demand among computer and peripheral applications include the emergence of distributed power architectures and “standby” power supply sections in personal computers and workstations. Notebook computer applications are expected to have the highest growth rates, particularly for battery charging and management ICs. Increasing microprocessor needs (decreasing voltage and increasing current) are demanding the use ICs that enable highly efficiency tightly regulated power.

The consumer electronics industry is a high growth market segment, particularly for portable product applications. There is need for safe and efficient battery chargers, stand-by modes, and longer run times on products such as camcorders, digital cameras, MP3 players, and personal organizers. An emerging market within consumer electronics is the wearable computer market.

  • Geographic Markets. The Asia-Pacific region saw a significant increase in market share in 2001. This was primarily at the expense of North America and, to a lesser extent, Japan. As OEMs reduced production to meet market demand declines, they consistently reduced production at North American and Japanese facilities. Long-term advantages will continue to support Asia's greater geographical share, especially with the emergence of China as an attractive location for electronics manufacturing.

This report, “The Global Market for Power Supply and Power Management Integrated Circuits”, is a multiclient study designed to provide relevant and up-to-date market intelligence to support strategic marketing and product planning decisions. For more information, visit www.vdccorp.com.

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