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Featured Part: BCM56850A2KFSBG


BCM56850A2KFSBG manufactured by Broadcom Limited is a multi layer IC ethernet switch with support for up to 100+ 10-Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports and full flexibility in configuring 10GbE/40GbE ports, and can be used to build highly scalable, feature-rich, blade switch, top-of-rack (ToR) switches and aggregation equipment to enable cloud-scale networking. Key features: Single-chip solution for common fixed ToR, aggregation and line-card switching applications Single design meets the needs of multiple markets including enterprise and cloud data centres as well as carrier-access applications First switch to support VMWare® VXLAN and Microsoft® NVGRE tunnelling protocols supported by SmartNV&...

The Japan-South Korea Trade Dispute Escalates


As the US-China trade war continues to dominate headlines, fresh tensions are growing between Japan and South Korea. Sharing a complicated history, the relationship between the two East Asian neighbours took a turn for the worse last year, when South Korean court rulings ordered Japanese firms to pay compensation for using forced Korean labour during World War 2. According to Japan, reparations were settled in 1965, when the two countries re-established peaceful diplomatic ties. Earlier this year, the Japanese Prime Minister reportedly threatened retaliation via economic means should there be a failure to reverse the ruling. South Korea believes that...

Smartphone Sales to Fall by 2.5% This Year


According to leading research and advisory firm Gartner, global smartphone sales are expected to decline by 2.5% year-on-year in 2019. However, analysts expect the wider availability of 5G models and service packages to drive sales back up in 2020. It is expected that Japan (-6.5%), Western Europe (-5.3%) and North America (-4.4%) will see the worst declines in smartphone sales this year. Gartner predicts global demand to weaken further in the latter half of 2019, owing to a bad economy and a decline in customers replacing their existing phones thanks to a lack of ground-breaking innovations...

Prepare for Demand Growth in RF Power Semis


Future Market Insights (FMI) forecasts global growth in the market for RF power semiconductors. These devices are critical components in telecoms transmission equipment, including products involved in 5G wireless networks. Ultimately, RF power semiconductors are the last stage in the transmission of the signal, and they are used in RF power amplifiers, RF duplexers, RF filters and RF switches. Network infrastructure continues to grow, and in many countries where there is a poor legacy wired communications system, the wireless and mobile telecoms networks have leapfrogged the old technology. It is not unusual in these countries for there to be no...

Counterfeit Mitigation


Angharad Storrie, Business Consultant, talks to Kenny McGee, CEO of Component Sense, to understand how the business maintains its integrity as a legitimate supplier in a world of increasingly sophisticated counterfeit operations. AS: How does Component Sense maintain its integrity as a legitimate electronic component supplier? KM: Firstly, we only source product from very large OEM and EMS companies with very strict buying procedures. Typically, these companies directly buy in the same product that any franchised distributors are buying, but in bigger volumes. Essentially, our stock comes directly from the factory via these large companies, so we have full traceability....

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