February 2022 Connector Industry News

By AJ Born | February 15, 2022

Upcoming industry events, as well as recent award, partnership, promotion, personnel, facility, distribution, standards, association, and certification news from across the connector industry.

February 2022 Connector Industry News

February 2022 Connector Industry News > Event News

Sager Electronics 135 yearsSager Electronics celebrates 135 years in business. The company has evolved from a Boston storefront selling speaking tubes and electrical equipment in 1887 to a leading North American distributor of electronic components today. “In a time of much uncertainty, it is gratifying to know that Sager continues to operate much as it always has – with integrity, impeccable customer service, and enduring relationships with our suppliers,” said Faris Aruri, senior vice president of marketing for Sager Electronics. “We’re very proud to mark this milestone year.”

February 2022 Connector Industry News > Award News

Infinite Electronics award Penny CotnerInfinite Electronics Inc. President and CEO Penny Cotner is featured in the Orange County Business Journal’s Top 500 list of leaders. The 2021 OC 500 list highlights the 500 most influential leaders in Orange County, California. Cotner appears in the technology category for her leadership of Infinite Electronics, a global supplier of electronics components for wired and wireless communications networks. Cotner joined Infinite Electronics in 2013 and became president and CEO in 2018. Under her leadership, the company has enjoyed consistently high revenue growth and expansion through acquisition. Cotner has more than 25 years of experience in the electronics industry, including Hughes Aircraft Company, Rockwell’s Space Station Program, and Arrow Electronics. The company recently acquired NavePoint LLC, an online provider of networking equipment and services. In March 2021, Infinite Electronics was acquired by private equity giant Warburg Pincus.

Custom Cable awardCustom Cable Solutions Inc. (CCSI) was named a Silver Partner2Win Supplier of the Year for exceptional performance and contributions to supply chain success by BAE Systems’ Combat Mission Systems (CMS). CCSI attained this recognition by providing 99.85% or higher quality and 98% or higher on-time delivery to BAE Systems in 2021. The company provides mission-critical power cable assemblies, communications cables, and wiring harnesses to BAE Systems’ Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program (AMPV), Paladin Integrated Management (PIM) program, Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV) combat platform, and various other complex weapons systems. Learn more about BAE Systems Partner2Win Supplier Symposium .

February 2022 Connector Industry News > Partnership, Personnel, & Acquisitions News

ECIA David LoftusECIA is pleased to announce that President and CEO David Loftus has joined the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Council of Manufacturers’ board of directors. The NAM announced new 2022 leadership for its Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) at the CMA 2022 Winter Leadership Conference. The CMA’s mission is focused on bolstering the industry’s nationwide grassroots mobilization efforts and improving the competitiveness of manufacturers in the United States. CMA members work with the NAM to unite the manufacturing association community, and ultimately the broader business community, around strategies for increased manufacturing job creation, investment, and innovation. Made up of 260 industry-specific manufacturing associations representing 130,000 companies worldwide, the CMA creates powerful partnerships across the industry and ensures manufacturers have the strongest possible voice. NAM, the largest manufacturing association in the United States, represents small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states.

VITA Dean HolmanVITA, the trade association for standard computing architectures serving critical embedded systems industries, announced that Dean Holman has accepted the position as VITA’s president and executive director effective February 1, 2022. Jerry Gipper, the previous executive director, will continue as VITA’s marketing director. Holman began participating in VITA as technical editor of the VITA 46 VPX working group in 2004 while at Mercury Systems. In 2011, the membership elected Holman as chairman of the VITA Standards Organization (VSO) where he leads the bi-monthly standards meetings and guides the working groups through the standards development process. Holman joined VITA as VP and assistant executive director in March 2021. This new role will allow him to leverage over three decades of leadership in the aerospace and defense industry to advance the development, publication, and adoption of next-generation standards.

February 2022 Connector Industry News > New Technical Resources

HARTING eBookHARTING’s Ethernet Connectivity for Industrial Transformation E-Book is available to download. The book shows how to choose the right Ethernet interface for each application and explores the latest developments in game-changing technologies like single-pair Ethernet. As Ethernet has become the universal communication protocol in almost every industry, the vision of a uniform protocol standard for communication from the cloud down to every sensor is accelerating the expansion of IIoT. However, industrial transformation with Ethernet cannot occur without the right infrastructure. 

February 2022 Connector Industry News > Facility News

Olaf Scale

Ashok Vasudevan

The Rosenberger Group announced the spin-off of its antenna and wireless coverage product portfolio with a new brand entity: PROSE. The goal is to accelerate the company’s growth and create a stronger local Rosenberger footprint by focusing on RF, fiber-optic, high-speed data, and high-voltage interconnect solutions. Rosenberger has already released investments to further expand the manufacturing footprint in India and China. The transaction is planned to be completed by the first half of 2022. After closing, Olaf Scale will become president for Rosenberger Asia Pacific, and Ashok Vasudevan will become president for Rosenberger India. 



February 2022 Connector Industry News > Distribution News

TTI Inc. announced the addition of TAIYO YUDEN to its extensive passives line card portfolio. TAIYO YUDEN, established in 1950, has been engaged in the research, development, and production of capacitors, inductors, and RF devices under the philosophy that the product commercialization should start from the development of materials. As a world leader in MLCCs, TAIYO YUDEN ranks third in +10uf MLCCs and manufactures the world’s highest cap at 1000uf. “Applications ranging from EV charging to drivetrain electrification as well as safety and infotainment applications are all perfect for the TAIYO YUDEN product set,” said TTI Vice President of Product and Supplier Marketing Jeff Ray.

February 2022 Connector Industry News > Associations, Standards, & Certifications News

The MIPI Alliance, an international organization that develops interface specifications for mobile and mobile-influenced industries, has released MIPI A-PHY v1.1, the next version of the automotive serializer-deserializer (SerDes) physical-layer interface. Version 1.1 doubles the maximum available downlink data rate from 16 Gb/s to 32 Gb/s and includes other enhancements to help automotive OEMs and their suppliers implement high-performance image sensors and displays in next-generation vehicles. MIPI A-PHY, originally released in September 2020, is the first industry-standard, long-reach, asymmetric SerDes interface to provide high-performance links between automotive image sensors and displays and their associated electronic control units (ECUs). It was developed to simplify the integration of greater numbers of onboard sensors and displays for applications such as advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), digital cockpits, in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and autonomous driving systems (ADS). A-PHY offers a reach of up to 15 m, unprecedented reliability with an ultra-low packet error rate of 10-19 over a vehicle’s lifetime, high noise immunity and ultra-low latency. It also forms the foundation of MIPI’s Automotive SerDes Solutions (MASS), an end-to-end framework for connecting cameras, sensors, and displays with built-in functional safety, security, and data protection. With its formal adoption by the MIPI Alliance, v1.1 will be brought forward for adoption as an IEEE standard. In 2021, IEEE adopted A-PHY v1.0 as IEEE 2977-2021.

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