September 2023 Connector Industry News

By AJ Born | September 12, 2023

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

September 2023 Connector Industry News

September 2023 Connector Industry News > Event News

wire South America is the only event in Latin America to bring together the latest technologies, products, and services in the manufacture and processing of wires and cables. The sixth edition of this event takes place October 3-5, 2023, at the São Paulo Expo Exhibition & Convention Center in São Paulo, Brazil. Exhibitors and visitors to this year’s event will experience new digital tools to connect with an avid audience for information and win new partners. Wire and cable, machinery, equipment, and accessories, as well as logistics and various services, are among the sectors represented. wire South America is a biennial event organized and promoted by Fiera Milano Brasil, together with the 12th edition of Tubotech – International Fair of Tubes, Valves, Pumps, Fittings and Components.

Women in Electronics (WE) will host a livestream on September 21, 2023, with Endries International CEO Michael Knight presenting “Coding Diversity into Technology” at its Annual Leadership Development Summit. This thought-provoking livestream is open to the electronics and industrial industries as well as any other industry impacted by the unintended consequences of technological advances, including AI technology. Knight’s presentation was designed specifically to address biases being hardwired into the AI technology that is becoming an ever-larger presence in our personal and work lives. As an influencer at the forefront of innovation, he is a widely followed and well-known presenter of his findings, analysis, and opinions to corporate boards of directors and industry conference audiences. Livestream registration can be found on the homepage at

September 2023 Connector Industry News > Award News

Edward Mikoski, ECIA’s Vice President of Standards and Technology, has been awarded the prestigious Howard Coonley Medal from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The Howard Coonley Medal is presented by ANSI to an executive “who has benefitted the national economy through voluntary standardization and conformity assessment and has given outstanding support to standardization as a management tool.” ANSI is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems and safeguarding their integrity. Mikoski coordinates industry technical standards development programs for a dozen national committees and administers thirteen U.S. Technical Advisory Groups to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for ECIA. He represents ECIA in an array of industry leadership and governance activities. Since 2000, he has led the standards activities in several organizations, including the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA), the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), and the Electronic Components Association (ECA).

September 2023 Connector Industry News > Partnership, Personnel, & Acquisitions News

Bill Waskowitz, a visionary leader in the RF and microwave components industry, died June 19, 2023. Dave Shaff, director of RF and microwave research at Bishop & Associates, says that Waskowitz was a kind presence who “only sold to friends” and was a highly effective leader who helped advance the progress of the microwave industry. Waskowitz began his career with eight years in the U.S. Navy and then sold microwave components through Scientific Devices, a company he part-owned. He then founded HyTech Associates, Inc. in 1980 to sell microwave components and subsystems, and in 1986 expanded that vision by founding HASCO (HyTech Associates Sales Company). Services were held in California in July.

TTI Inc. is now an authorized distributor of Kyocera Display products. TTI recognizes the great growth opportunities in the expanding display market and Kyocera Display offers a wide variety of TFT and Memory in Pixel displays, furthering TTI’s expansion into the industrial, medical, and eMobility markets.

TopFlite Components has added Electronic SalesMasters Incorporated as a sales channel partner for the northeastern edge of the Midwest region supporting Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, and Western Pennsylvania. Founded in 1972, ESI brings over 50 years of experience and support in the electrical and electromechanical marketplace. ESI will support TopFlite product introduction, new quotes, orders, and design assistance. Electronic Salesmasters Inc. foresees an alliance that ushers in a new era of service to OEM customers.

September 2023 Connector Industry News > Facility News

TT Electronics’ Global Manufacturing Solutions (GMS) business is expanding its footprint in the Americas by opening a new state-of-the-art facility in Mexicali, Mexico, and investing in its Asia Pacific operations to increase capabilities at its existing Kuantan, Malaysia, facility. The new 75,000-square-foot Mexicali facility will employ around 250 people with capacity for up to six highly automated SMT lines. Offering fully integrated electronics manufacturing solutions, including PCB assembly, system integration, and testing, the new facility will complement the company’s 125,000-square-foot operation in Cleveland, Ohio. The 26,000-square-foot Kuantan, Malaysia, plant expansion includes the installation of a new, high-speed SMT line to support customer demand and increase production capacity. The facility is currently delivering first article systems for the healthcare and semiconductor equipment industries. The new facility in Mexicali is on track to be operational in early 2024 and will provide a significant increase in capacity for customers in North America for electronic manufacturing services and high-level assemblies.

September 2023 Connector Industry News > Technical Resources 

DigiKey released the first episode in Season 3 of its “Factory Tomorrow” video series focused on the latest innovations driving sustainable change in industrial automation. Sponsored by Schneider Electric and Panduit, the three-episode series will take a closer look at how powering production with alternative energy sources, sustainable operations, and more are shaping the next major leap forward for manufacturing. The first of three videos in the series, “Reducing the Impact of Production,” is now live on DigiKey’s website, and explores how the factories of tomorrow will rely on a foundation of connectivity and high-speed infrastructure. This episode highlights Panduit and how its commitment to sustainability enables better technologies for customers and the planet. The second video, entitled “Inspiring Change on the Factory Floor,” will feature a visit to Schneider Electric’s smart factory in Lexington, to learn how it serves as a model for others in the industry looking to create more sustainable operations. The third video, “Sustainable Automation Techniques in Action,” will showcase how automation and sustainability intersect within DigiKey’s cutting edge distribution facility. To learn more about the video series and how DigiKey is supporting sustainability in the rapidly growing automation and control industry, visit the DigiKey Automation website. Also available now, Season 3 of DigiKey’s “City Digital” video series, which explores the evolution and future of IoT in the automotive industry.

Ron Bishop, founder and president of Bishop & Associates and Connector Supplier, was recently interviewed by Paula Renfrow and Steve Brahosky of TTI. Ron discussed how he got involved in the connector industry and how the industry performed in the first half of 2023. He also provided his outlook for the connector industry in the second half of 2023 and the full year 2024. The full interview is available on TTI’s Podcast, The Distribution Download, on TTI’s website in the Market Eye section and on YouTube. Feel free to share your thoughts on the podcast with Ron Bishop at [email protected].

September 2023 Connector Industry News > Association, Standards, & Certifications

The MIPI (mobile industry processor interface) Alliance, which develops interface specifications for mobile and mobile-influenced industries, and the Automotive SerDes Alliance (ASA), automotive technology providers collaborating to standardize asymmetric SerDes technology, have entered into a liaison agreement. The terms of the agreement create a pathway for implementers to use MIPI Camera Serial Interface 2 (MIPI CSI-2) — widely considered the preferred camera and image sensor interface by the extended automotive ecosystem — directly, or “natively,” with the ASA Motion Link (ASA-ML) physical layer (PHY) interface. Supporting specifications would also be made available through this pathway, such as MIPI Camera Service Extensions (MIPI CSE), which provides protocol-layer security and additional functional safety support. MIPI and ASA each have standardized asymmetric SerDes PHY interfaces (MIPI A-PHY and ASA-ML, respectively) for automotive applications such as advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), autonomous driving systems (ADS), and in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) that rely on cameras/sensors and displays. MIPI members can implement CSI-2 directly only with a MIPI PHY (i.e., A-/C-/D-PHY) or MIPI Board-approved non-MIPI PHY. Products incorporating other PHYs may utilize CSI-2 with a bridge device following a MIPI-approved PHY. Upon successful completion of the process defined under this liaison, ASA-ML will be approved for native integration with CSI-2. Under the agreement, ASA will develop an Application Stream Encapsulation Protocol (ASEP) to enable native CSI-2 transport over the ASA Motion Link PHY. Once the CSI-2 ASEP is approved by MIPI, ASA will include the CSI-2 ASEP in its next specification release as the only recommended camera protocol interface. Implementation of CSI-2 over ASA Motion Link will require memberships in both MIPI and ASA to benefit from their respective intellectual property licensing terms. The agreement also provides for ongoing dialogue between the organizations on other opportunities for collaboration, such as the use of MIPI Display Serial Interface 2 (MIPI DSI-2) and security-related specifications.

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