October 2023 Connector Industry News
Upcoming industry events, as well as recent award, partnership, promotion, personnel, facility, distribution, standards, association, and certification news from across the connector industry.
October 2023 Connector Industry News
October 2023 Connector Industry News > Event News
DigiKey’s annual Back2School Prize Draw sweepstakes, which provides college students a chance to win DigiKey credit to purchase products for building and designing the next generation of solutions, is now open for submissions. The 2023 Back2School Prize Draw runs Sept. 12 – Oct. 30, 2023, with winners announced soon after the submission deadline. Nine prize giveaways will be awarded to randomly selected winners, including one grand prize of $1,000 of DigiKey credit, three second prizes of $500 of DigiKey credit, and five third prizes of $250 of DigiKey credit. The sweepstakes is open to any student with a university or college email address, and entries may be made in students’ local language. To learn more or enter the Back2School Prize Draw, visit DigiKey’s website here. Submissions are open from Sept. 12 – Oct. 30, 2023, and winners will be announced on Nov. 15, 2023.
October 2023 Connector Industry News > Technical Resources
Molex released a new industry report that highlights opportunities and obstacles facing product design engineers. The report, “Predicting the Connectivity of Tomorrow: Innovations Driving the Connected World,” offers compelling insights into the transformative powers of next-generation connectivity, which is poised to unlock ground-breaking product innovation. To help product designers and engineers prepare for what lies ahead, Molex subject matter experts took a closer look at innovations on the rise, including next-generation, contactless connectivity; vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications; connected, energy-independent homes; and centralized, hyperscale hubs of connectivity. Additionally, Molex experts offer perspectives on the critical role that connectivity plays in driving the creation of new business models, such as Transportation-as-a-Service, which challenges conventional vehicle ownership.
The Ethernet Alliance is marking Ethernet’s 50-year track record of innovation with diverse activities and celebrations throughout the year, including sponsorship of the Computer History Museum’s (CHM) Ethernet@ 50 anniversary event. “That Ethernet remains the gold standard for effortless connectivity a half-century after its inception is a testament to both the simple brilliance of its design and the open, global community that has coalesced around it,” said Peter Jones, chair, Ethernet Alliance. “The last five decades have brought remarkable changes, such as the rise of social media, edge computing, the Internet of Things, connected cars, and online gaming. Ethernet has been there through it all, adapting swiftly to new applications and environments, all while living up to its promise that you plug it in, and it just works.” The Ethernet portfolio continues to expand, encompassing higher speeds and advances such as Power over Ethernet (PoE), single-pair Ethernet (SPE), Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN), and more. Some nine billion Ethernet switch ports have shipped during the last two decades, for a total market value of well over $450 billion USD according to Sameh Boujelbene, vice president, data center and campus ethernet switch market research at Dell’Oro Group. With the imminent arrival of the Terabit Ethernet era, ensuring interoperability is more important than ever before.
The European Union’s impending legislation requiring a common charger for smartphones and other electronic devices has led Apple to replace its proprietary Lightning cable and port with a USB-C charging cable and port for its latest phone, the iPhone 15. This departure from Apple’s standard business model is potentially good news for consumers, who will now be able to use chargers from other devices with their phones. Additionally, it could be the start of other similar changes. EU industry chief Thierry Breton told Reuters, “The next job for Apple and other Big Tech, under the DMA (Digital Markets Act) is to open up its gates to competitors. Be it the electronic wallet, browsers, or app stores, consumers using an Apple iPhone should be able to benefit from competitive services by a range of providers.”
October 2023 Connector Industry News > Partnership, Personnel, & Acquisitions News
Waldom Electronics Inc. added KYOCERA AVX to its manufacturer line card through participation in Waldom’s excess inventory management solution. This partnership will provide opportunities to service KYOCERA AVX’s global authorized distributors in a sustainable manner by providing in-stock inventory at reduced Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) investments and distribution costs while reducing their risk of excess inventory. This solution has proven to be successful in preventing valuable products from being scrapped, allowing manufacturers to recover value while also providing additional availability to their distributors. KYOCERA AVX has a vast portfolio of advanced electronic components, including antenna solutions, capacitors, inductors, filters, resistors, couplers, diodes, and circuit protection devices, as well as a broad range of innovative sensors, control, connectors and more. Kyocera successfully serves the automotive, industrial, medical, military, consumer electronics, communications, and transportation markets. KYOCERA AVX is a major supplier to several of Waldom’s authorized distributor network partners including Arrow Electronics, Avnet, Chip One Stop, DigiKey, Farnell, Future, Mouser, NEP, RS, Rutronik, and TTI.
Chief Enterprises has acquired German-based Insed GmbH & Co. Incorporating Insed into its operations not only expands Chief’s geographical footprint, but also deepens its product portfolio. This acquisition allows Chief to leverage Insed’s vast knowledge of Honeywell products as well as the company’s 22 years of experience bringing high quality sensors and switches to the European market. Driven by a common vision, Insed GmbH & Co. KG and Chief Enterprises will work side-by-side to bring innovative electro-mechanical solutions to on- and off-road industries.
October 2023 Connector Industry News > Distribution News
TTI Inc. is now an authorized distributor of Cree LED, an SGH company. Cree LED brings an extensive portfolio of application-optimized LED components that align with the tremendous growth opportunities in the optoelectronics markets. This partnership will help TTI fuel expansion into the lighting, eMobility, and industrial markets. Flagship product families in Cree LED’s portfolio include the XLamp and J Series LEDs for general and specialty lighting applications and high brightness LED products for video screens, signage, and specialty lighting applications. The combination of Cree LED’s leading technology coupled with TTI’s deep and wide inventory provides customers with far greater lighting options than have been previously offered.