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Important News That Affects Global Markets, Technologies and Opportunities in Passive Electronic Components, including capacitors, resistors, inductors and circuit protection components.

Intel Voices Concerns Over Quality of High Capacitance Ceramic Chip Capacitors:

Clive Hendricks of Intel Corporation raised concerns over the quality of high capacitance multilayered ceramic chip capacitors in his Keynote Speech at The Capacitor & Resistor Technology Symposium held in…

Murata Expects Non-Ceramic Capacitors To Generate More Than $200 MM In Sales By 2013

In a May 25th interview published in Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine, Tsuneo Murata, president of Murata Manufacturing Company Limited- the world’s largest manufacturer of ceramic chip capacitors, was quoted as saying…

Alcatel-Lucent Blames Component Shortage As Reason For 18.1% Decline in March 2010 Quarter

Singles Out Capacitors As One of The Primary Parts Coming Up Short Alcatel-Lucent reported revenues of 3,247 million Euros in the quarter ending March 31, 2010, which is an 18.1%…

Top Capacitor Vendors Show Mixed Results In March 2010 Quarter

Year-over-year revenue growth in the global capacitor industry averaged 43.85% for the quarter ending March 2010, compared to the same quarter in March 2009. Leading the pack in year-over-year revenue…

New Tantalum Study Reaffirms Looming Metal Shortage

A new study by Paumanok Publications, Inc. entitled “Tantalum Capacitors: World Markets, Technologies & Opportunities: 2010-2015” has reaffirmed that a shortage of the rare metal used in capacitor anodes, sputtering…

Raw Materials Processing for Electronic Components Moving Away From The USA

Impact on Domestic Components Production Expected: In December 2009, Passive Component Industry Magazine conducted a survey of 9,000 email subscribers in which we asked the following question- “In 2009 PCI…

Passive Component Conference in Shenzhen Results in Vibrant Discussion on Rare Earth and Related Dielectric Materials

The Elexcon Passive Component Conference held in Shenzhen resulted in a vibrant multi-language discussion on the subject of Chinese production and consumption of passive electronic components. The majority of the…

USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation On Ceramic Capacitors

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain ceramic capacitor and products containing same. The capacitors at issue in this investigation are a type…

A Detailed Look At Murata’s ITC Complaint Against Samsung EMCO

The ITC complaint alleges SEMCO violated four of Murata’s ceramic capacitor patents. A close look at the claim is provided in this important article.

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