Many companies in the semiconductor sector are struggling to find finance chiefs who are capable of leading transformational changes in the complex industry. These potential Chief Financial Officers are expected to thin margins while simultaneously counteracting plateauing sales as well as downsizing a workforce worldwide. Many companies in Silicon Valley are searching for someone with experience in reducing costs, minimizing head count, and pivoting product portfolios following years of fast-paced growth.

Intel Corporation, one of the world’s highest valued and largest semiconductor chip makers, is currently looking for a new CFO to fill the CFO vacancy which was left by Stacy Smith, who was promoted to an operational role last month. Other chip makers, such as Qorvo Inc. and Marvell Technology Group Ltd., are also on the search for a new Chief Financial Officers.

“The CFO role at Intel is a challenging job…Intel’s next CFO, whether from inside or outside the company, will inherit a world-class team and a company that is growing and financially strong,”

Mr. Smith in an emailed statement.

Intel’s new Chief Financial Officer will be expected to decrease Intel’s dependence on personal computing, reduce heat count by 11 percent (or 12,000), as well as  deliver yearly savings of $1.4 billion by the middle of 2017. The new Chief Financial Officer will also be responsible for furthering Intel’s cloud-computing efforts, expanding Intel’s memory chip business, and broadening chip usage in devices connected to the Internet.

“It’s difficult to find people qualified to do that role,”

said an analyst from the global investment banking and diversified financial services Macquarie Group, Deepon Nag.

“The semiconductor industry is a very complex industry…and it requires someone who is familiar with all these parts.”

“While Intel may welcome an external hire, the next CFO is likely to come from within the semiconductor sector,"

suggested Tatyana Shumsky from the Wall Street Journal.

“Boards and executives tend to want someone who understands the risks associated with the industry, recruiters say… industry CFOs in the throes of reallocating capital from flagging business lines and evaluating acquisition opportunities face a long slog. It can take years for billion-dollar investments in new technologies to reach the market.”

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On March 25 2016, Nikkei Asian Review released an article that was about how manufacturers of electronic parts are still reeling from Apple’s iPhone production cost. It seems as if the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s plus has had a heavy emphasis on shipments of electronics parts from Japan. With this happening, it does not seem that the company has any signs of recovery.

Here’s what one of the executives at a major manufacturer has said recently.

"Apple notified us in the second half of November that it would reduce production."

Although being a supplier of a huge US giant in the mobile industry means that the supplier will benefit greatly, such suppliers will also feel affects if the huge US giant in the mobile industry is not doing well.

In the first time in three years, Japanese manufacturers are experiencing a decline in sales. Data shows that in December, numbers have dropped by 5.6%. This data was provided by the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association show.

Companies such as Alps Electric has readjusted their company’s forecast from almost 50 billion yen to 40 billion yen in January. Not only has iPhone sales underperformed, the Japan yen is not as strong as it used to be compared to the US dollar.

It seems that even Chinese and South Korean smartphone makers expect phone sales to be more stagnant.

With all this coming into play, it seems as if many manufacturers are becoming more cautious of the future and deciding to put a lower dependence on phone sales.

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For the only the second time in the history of Semiconductors, the industry is expected to experience two consecutive years of decline in revenues. According to James Hines who is a research director at Gartner, the industry is expected to decline at a 0.6 percent clip in 2016 and the market is desperate for the next in demand driver to emerge and consequently become the tide that lifts all boats so to speak. The worldwide semiconductor revenue figures for 2016 is forecasted to generate a total of $333 billion which is a slight decrease of 0.6 percent from 2015.

This follows on the heel of an even more dramatic 2.3 percent drop in 2015 from 2014 due to trend of weakened demand for key electronic equipment. The lower demands is exacerbated by elevated inventory levels and the continuing impact of the dollar fluctuation in key regions around the world. The sharp drop in demand for semiconductors in 2016 can be traced directly to the lowered estimations for production in regards to PCs, smartphones and ultramobiles. With no ground-breaking or in-demand driver set to emerge in the near future, relief for the semiconductor market to offset the reduction in demands is nowhere in sight. The Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable electronics could resuscitate a fading market but these devices are still in the infancy stages of dearly development.

They will then have to pass through a lengthy testing phase to get rid of all the bugs and design flaws, after which a lengthy quality period is follows and finally culminating in a costly marketing phase before the semiconductor industry start seeing any type of significant impact on the overall revenue growth. The Internet of Things or IoT can be classified as a network of physical objects whether they be devices, vehicles, buildings or even accessories that are embedded with electronics, sensors/software with network connectivity. They are becoming increasingly complex and with the features and applications they provide makes them high-value commodities. The Term was first coined by Kevin Ashton while working at Auto-ID Labs back in 1999 and initially referred to a global network of objects connected by radio-frequency identification or RFID.

Here at ASAP Distribution, we have a dedicated and expansive array of IoT products. We are your one-stop shop and go destination for a simplified sourcing solution. ASAP will ensure that our consumers’ needs are addressed in the most expeditious and transparent manner all the while offering cost-effective component solutions therefore improving your negotiation power and profit margins. If you are interested in a quote, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly sales staff at  call us at toll free at 1-714-705-4780.

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Facebook is unveiling a new land-based systems in order to provide connectivity to people in urban areas with poor signal. This comes on the heels of Facebook launching air drones to provide internet to remote spots. Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg emphasized that this was an important bullet point on their Facebook’s global agenda and will be making a more concerted effort into making the social network more widely and readily available to all parts of the world, especially those in the urban settings that are experiencing poor connectivity.

At their annual developers conference, Facebook revealed its Terragraph technology which utilizes low-cost, off-the-shelf components with which to create an antenna-based series of networks designed to improve wireless internet availability in dense urban city settings. The Terragraph technology is currently being tested at the Facebook campus located in Silicon valley and preparations are being made for a more large scale trial phase in San Jose, California. The technology in a nutshell is designed to reduce interference and operates in non-line of sight conditions which will increase the customer’s reach by incorporating attributes and industrial design required for speedy, reliable and above all affordable for deployment across cityscape according to Ali Yazdan Panah and Neeraj Choubey of Facebook.

Project ARIES is a Facebook undertaking with the goal to build a test platform for unused radio spectrum to deliver internet to communities outside the cities. And while Facebook has no immediate plans on becoming an internet service provider, the company wants to develop the kind of technology that will be able to provide high-speed connectivity to rural communities  while avoiding costly rural infrastructures. Furthermore, Facebook has plans to make this technology available to wireless communications research and academic institutions once it is fully developed.

With plans to launch its first satellite providing internet service to sub-Saharan Africa, Facebook is making it their mission to connect the world with the help of their solar-powered Aquila drones that transmit data using lasers. Facebook estimates that over four billion people don’t have access to the internet because of accessibility and cost concerns and with the help of Regina Dugan who was hired away from Google, Facebook intends to see through their 10 year plan which include V.R., A.I., and world-wide online connectivity.

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It’s actually not what you think. Airbus Group the Aircraft maker is in extensive talks with some very prominent companies in India such as Bharat Forge and Mahinda & Mahindra to have their parts forged. This move is an attempt to expand its supplier base and increase its outsourcing activity in India. Airbus has stated that this move is just the first of many stages of integration and that India should be immersed at all levels of the manufacturing process. The Economic Times reports that Airbus Group’s sourcing from India is expected to reach 2 billion or Rs 12,600 crore within the next five years and those are more conservative estimates.

The Indian forging industry is booming being currently valued at approximately Rs 28,000 crore and expected to grow with contributions to the aerospace industry opening new avenues/opportunities. Presently the majority of the outsourcing is still relegated to the automotive sector which totals over 60% of the total overall output of the countries outsourcing according to estimates by the Indian Forging Industry. According to Srinivasan Dwarkanath who is the president of Airbus Division, Airbus is looking at everything from aero structures/ systems to forging and even looking for a way to utilize raw materials with an option to recycle it.

Dwarkanath believes that due to America and Europe recycling their raw materials this in turn leads to more competition in the industry. India is one of the fastest growing aviation markets and according to a report by the Press Trust of India, Airbus projections have shown that the Indian market would require at least 1,600 aircrafts that will be valued at total of $224 billion dollars in the next 20 years. This validates the figures projecting the growing aviation and aerospace market within India and aligns with Airbus Group’s plans to be the prominent outsourcing partner with the Indian Forging Industry.

Stock from both Bharat Forge and Mahindra & Mahindra have shot up as a direct result of the news with Bharat rising a full 2 percent on the Tuesday BSE before later trending back down at Rs 879 a few hours later settling in at 0.49 percent. Mahindra & Mahindra shares retained their increase of 2.36 percent from the previous close and were trading at Rs 1256.

Here at ASAP Distribution, we have a dedicated and expansive array of Airbus Group products. We are your one-stop shop and go destination for a simplified sourcing solution. ASAP will ensure that our consumers’ needs are addressed in the most expeditious and transparent manner all the while offering cost-effective component solutions therefore improving our your negotiation power and profit margins. If you are interested in a quote, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly sales staff at call us at toll free at 1-702-919-1616.

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Michael Justin Allen Sexton released an article on Tom’s Hardware on March 23, 2016 talking about Intel and how they are no longer going to use their tick tock design cadence which is associated with the new extended development scheme.

Intel has been making chips using the tick tock method for quite a while now. They have been doing this for almost over a decade, but unfortunately the last few tick tocks have not been turning out so well. It seems as if the system has stopped working and breaking down once the Ivy Bridge tick came into play.

Here’s what Sexton had to say about the Haswell tock, which is considered the successor to Ivy Bridge.

“Haswell featured a new architecture, but the performance enhancements were rather mediocre. Intel ran into difficulties with its Broadwell tick as well, which lead to Intel releasing an updated Haswell chip, breaking from the traditional tick-tock cadence.”

The three stage design is similar to the transition from Ivy Bridge to Haswell which can be displayed by the new transistor process node. This transistor process node also known at the 22 nm Ivy Bridge or 14 nm Broadwell will be subsequently followed by a new tick tock. This new tick tock is will be the Skylake of Haswell. At the very of things, the tick tock will be optimized refresh on the same process.

Because of the very hard and challenging developing smaller transistor technology market, the tick tock design scheme had to change.

It can be assumed that that the next improvement in transistor technology will be very hard. Because of this challenge, there is a low chance that Intel will be able to produce a chip smaller than 14nm in the years to come.

Instead, we can expect to see a more optimized Skylake architecture. Although this is also assume, it is almost expected. Intel has yet to determine if the name will remain Skylake, so instead consumers have given it the name “Skylake+” for the time being. Even with all this speculation, it is safe to assume that these 14nm transistors will have the same chipset and sockets.

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Precision Graphics Inc., the New Jersey based printed circuit board assembly design company, has recently become the very first certified Women Owned Small Business Printed Circuit Board Assembly Manufacturer in the state of New Jersey. Precision Graphics Inc. has been serving the printed circuit board assembly industry as a pioneer since the company’s inception in 1971. From their start as a company solely devoted to printed circuit board design, Precision Graphics Inc. has been able to evolve over the years into becoming a complete Electronic Manufacturing Services organizations offering a complete electronic parts supply. Following the belief of the company founder, Robert Weissman, that the “the customer always comes first,” the company has grown from a small design house into a global supplier.

Precision Graphics Inc provides services that range from printed circuit board assembly, layout and design, to full system assembly. The company provides a broad range of solutions for your individual contract electronic manufacturing needs.

After a thorough process and review in the beginning of March, 2016, the National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC) has awarded Precision Graphics Inc. their certification. Since the beginning, the NWBOC has been leading the path for women business owners to acquire their certification. Certification for the National Women Business Owners Corporation is a high achievement for all Woman Owned Businesses in the United States and is recognized by hundreds of companies.

Precision Graphics Inc. is able to provide high quality, competitive contract electronic manufacturing services by working closely with their customers in order to address their customers’ individual requirements and needs.

Here at ASAP Distribution, we have the capabilities to provide a vast range of hardware supply services and products. ASAP Distribution is the premier supplier of printed circuit board assembly parts from leading manufacturers. We offer our customers with a simplified and efficient procurement process. We ensure that our customers production lines and prototype builds are always up and running effectively. We provide cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at or call us at toll free at 702-919-1616.

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Panasonic Avionics was chosen by the Boeing Company to supply Cabin Service Systems for the Boeing 777x aircraft. Also Panasonic is currently the supplier for all of Boeings 787 dreamliners and 747-8 international aircrafts. The Panasonic Ethernet based product is very detailed and provides core cabin functions which include the environmental controls, passengers address and a cabin inter-phone.

Also the CSS is what pretty much combines the external systems, like the cabin lighting and other airplane member systems across the airframe networks which include all the Flight Entertainment as well. On March 23, 2016 the Panasonic Corporation announced that they lead the world inflight entertainment and communications and have been selected to supply the Cabin Service System on the new Boeing 777x aircraft. The chief executive Paul Margis has said his agreement with Boeing is the reflection of a growing relationship between Boeing and Panasonic.

It shows all the success and efforts the company has done and it will continue to benefit the flight crew and passengers on the 777x program. The 777x is the largest and hardest working twin engine jet in the world, with 320 orders and commitments for the aircraft that will include new large windows, wider cabin space and new lighting with an enhanced architecture. Panasonic hopes to keep this great relationship established and will continue proving great entertainment on the Boeing aircraft to keep their customers happy and even entertain the flight attendants who are always constantly flying around the world.

Panasonic will try to give the ultimate travel experience with a rich variety of entertainment choices for their customers flying around the world. Overall Panasonic hopes to keep their developing relationship with Boeing and hopes to always improve the Boeing aircraft and make sure they keep all their travelers happy every time they fly on vacation or for business purposes.

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Intel is one of the largest and highest valued semiconductor Companies, has quietly launched a new program for Laptops and notebooks which was revealed as a new Skylake-U system-on chip for low power laptops which is called the Corei7-6660u. The chip is based on 14nm processing technology which is packed with two core packs clocked at 2.40GHz. This new chip is a little upgrade from the older chip known as the i7-6650U which pretty much does the same thing just at a little slower pace clocking in at 2.20Ghz. The two chips have both been on the market for the same price at $415 in 1,000 unit quantities.

With Intel’s Skylake-U micro-architecture it has brought a lot of revenue and support for the DDR4 memory to all the laptops and notebooks, which also packs Intel’s DirectX12-compatible HD 500 series and Iris 500 series of graphics. The best part of this chip has been for people who love playing video games who can’t really afford the high-end Nvidia GPU when purchasing their new device.

Not so many details have yet been released on the new i7-666OU chip just yet but the previous chip before this one was released back in 2015, which had a 15 watt average usage of power with a max turbo frequency of 3.2GHz. The old i7 chip included a dual channel memory which would support the different memory types and the max memory the device would be able to support was about 32GB.

The older chip includes a Secure Key and a generator that creates numbers to strength and meaningless cipher text that requires to be transformed back into data. The latter is what speeds up applications and processes multiple threads.

Intel’s thread is basically another term for basic ordered sequence of instructions that is passed through a CPU core. Skylake processors support a few different technologies that include Windows platform. Intel’s new processor is going to gradually refresh Skylake products, and people will expect to see more information on the product.

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Regular maintenance is taking place on all PV2 aircrafts after Neptune Aviation Services temporarily moved all flight, pilot and maintenance crews to Alamogordo-White Sands Regional Airport from their home base in Missoula, Montana in anticipation of a training schedule that is expected to last up to a couple of weeks. The U.S. Forest Service regularly teams up with aerial firefighting company Neptune Aviation to fight forest and wildfires on a national level.

Dany Synder, Chief Operating Officer of Neptune stated that their plans to move operation down to Alamogordo in February for two weeks has to do with the warm weather being much more amenable for their fleet of aircraft. With Missoula being a whole lot colder, the weather is not very inclusive and present challenges to the flight crews. PV2 aircraft's require a lot more preheating or warming up before taking off on a flight and being in warmer weather will reduce the amount of time Neptune has to preheat for. And although there is military air traffic down here the airspace is not as congested like it is up in Missoula, Montana surprisingly enough. Synder attributes the decision to train in between Alamogordo and Roswell airport due to the availability of mountainous and flat terrain which will allow Neptune to do their drop training.

Utilizing water instead of retardant while conducting drop training is economical and more cost-effective given that there aren’t’ any fires during the training. Water helps Neptune evaluate the drops during training because drops are typically done with slurry or retardant. Having brought down seven PV2 aircraft's and seven more 146’s in residing in Missoula, there are about 15 full-time employees that live in Alamogordo. Due to being a national resource, Neptune is dispatched to fight fires anywhere as seen fit by the Forest Service with the BLM or BIA being able to request for resources to fight fires as well.

Neptune is set up nationwide to fight fires anywhere at the drop of a dime.

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