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Sourcing ELECTRONICS May/June 2014 ™ EUROPE


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July 2014 • CEM sourcing

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Human interface deal

Mouser has entered into a global agreement to distribute Grayhill's line of human interface products and solutions, including multi‐touch products, optical & mechanical encoders, rotary, joysticks, pushbutton, keypads, toggle, rocker, DIP and rotary DIP switches, as well as I/O modules and racks.

For user consoles, rotary switches can select

from two to twenty four positions with up to 200V rating. Panel‐mount rotary encoders provide 2‐bit quadrature code in four to 36 positions. Pushbuttons can handle from 150mA to 10A and are available in DPDT, SPDT and SPST versions. Keypads come in common matrix arrays in a variety of materials to meet many environmental specifications.

For control panels, coded rotary switches for

PC mounting are available in eight, 10 and 16 positions. PC‐mounted DIP switches provide configuration support for evaluation boards

PCB acquisition In Brief

High-temperature deal Cissoid, a specialist in high- temperature and extended lifetime semiconductor solutions, and M.S. Kennedy, a developer of high-temperature and extreme environment modules, have signed a long-term collaboration agreement to develop high- reliability and high-temperature electronic modules. Collaboration between the companies will address packaging multiple ICs into new, integrated, and highly compact standard multi-chip module products. The jointly developed products will address new, high- temperature applications. 10 July/August 2014

Sweden‐basedNCAB Group, one of the world’s largest suppliers of printed circuit boards, has acquired 100 per cent of M‐Wave International’s PCB Division. Based in Chicago M‐Wave is one of the leading PCB suppliers in the USA. The combined group will have annual sales in excess of 130 million USD with 13 locations around the world and 250 employees, including 70 people located in China.

Bob Duke, former president of M‐Wave

International’s PCB Division, commented, “This is a great opportunity for all of us. Like M‐Wave, NCAB is privately owned and dominated by a ‘can do’ culture with a drive for superior performance and value. Being selected by NCAB to be a part of its US team is a great compliment. As the PCB supply market continues to evolve, I felt that this was an excellent time for M‐Wave to expand its resources. Joining with NCAB will give us even more leverage to support our customers’ requirements. The major benefits for our customers will come from our increased buying power and resources. In NCAB, we have found a great match.”

Today, NCAB Group is established in

Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Russia, Germany, Poland, United Kingdom, Spain, France, Macedonia, China and the USA.

and support up to 12 positions. Other PC‐ mount products include tactile switches, toggle switches, rocker switches and slide switches.

Agreement on haptic feedback

AvnetMarketing Americas is now offering Samsung Electro‐Mechanics’ line of linear

resonance actuators (LRAs), vibration motors that provide a tactile (haptic) sensation when a user interacts with a touchscreen. One of the emerging technologies in the field of touchscreens, haptic feedback has become increasingly popular in consumer products such as smartphones, portable gaming and tablets.

A recent Gartner report forecast that 2013’s 30

per cent growth for the touch controller market will be maintained through 2014 but will slow in 2015 and reach a plateau in 2016. As touchscreens’ presence in the automotive, industrial and medical markets increases, the growth opportunity for haptic feedback applications will also expand.

Wesley Roh, executive director of sales and

marketing, Americas & European Mobile Sales Group, Samsung Electro‐Mechanics, commented, “Avnet’s global footprint, design chain and supply chain capabilities make it the ideal partner in creating demand for this technology. Its teams are trained to offer the technical support needed to quicken time to market for haptic solutions. Moreover, Avnet’s extensive portfolio of haptic drivers and IP&E value‐added services can help customers easily build a complete haptic solution for their products.”

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