16 Apr 2024 - Defence

China’s complex trade with Russia fuels war effort

China's deepening trade relationship with Russia is proving a major lifeline for Moscow, allowing it to defy Western sanctions and rapidly rebuild its military capabilities following significant losses in Ukraine. US officials warn that China is supplying vital electronics components, drone technology, microchips, and materials crucial for Russia's weapons production, effectively undermining sanctions designed to cripple its war machine.

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16 Apr 2024 - Defence

China’s complex trade with Russia fuels war effort

China's deepening trade relationship with Russia is proving a major lifeline for Moscow, allowing it to defy Western sanctions and rapidly rebuild its military capabilities following significant losses in Ukraine. US officials warn that China is supplying vital electronics components, drone technology, microchips, and materials crucial for Russia's weapons production, effectively undermining sanctions designed to cripple its war machine.

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16 Apr 2024 - Defence

Astute Group offers Amphenol Rhino connectors for extreme use

Astute Group is your trusted partner for robust connectivity solutions designed to withstand the toughest environments.

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15 Apr 2024 - General

Taiwan chipmakers eye Japan as security, costs rise

The sun is rising again in the semiconductor industry as Taiwanese powerhouses forge a strategic partnership with Japan. This alliance, fueled by geopolitical tensions, escalating production costs, and the search for stability, is set to transform global supply chains and promises a potential renaissance for Japan's chip manufacturing sector.

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15 Apr 2024 - General

Memory price hikes loom after Taiwan quake

The recent earthquake in Taiwan continues to be felt throughout the electronics industry, especially the memory market. Major manufacturers like Micron, Samsung Electronics, and SK Hynix have halted publishing contract DRAM prices, a move that signals further price increases are on the horizon. This disruption comes as the industry was already poised for price adjustments to stem ongoing losses.

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12 Apr 2024 - Industrial

Korean chip output surges – largest for 14 years – as AI fuels demand

South Korea's semiconductor industry is roaring back to life. February saw a staggering 65.3% year-on-year increase in output – the most significant jump since 2009. This robust growth signals a resurgence in both the nation's key manufacturing sector and broader global tech demand.

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12 Apr 2024 - Uncategorised

Astute Group announces authorised distribution partnership with Omega

Astute Group announces a new authorised distributor agreement with Omega, a global leader in process measurement and control. This strategic partnership expands Astute Group's industrial offering of high-quality temperature, humidity, pressure, flow, and other sensor solutions, bolstering its position as a comprehensive source for engineers worldwide.

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11 Apr 2024 - General

Semiconductor sales maintain upward momentum

The global semiconductor industry continues its resurgence, with sales in February registering an impressive 16.3% year-over-year increase. This positive trajectory follows a temporary slowdown fueled by the unique post-pandemic economic landscape. Despite a slight month-on-month dip from January's peak, the $46.2 billion in sales underscores the sector's resilience.

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11 Apr 2024 - Defence

Astute Group offers APEM Thumb Controls for Drones – UAVs & UGVs

Astute Group offers the APEM range of thumb controls from Apem, a range of compact and ergonomic joysticks suitable for use in drones (UAVs), unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), robotics, and harsh environments.

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10 Apr 2024 - Industrial

Taiwan quake disrupts chip supply with likely impact on prices

Taiwan’s recent powerful earthquake continues to send ripples through the global electronics industry. Thankfully major chipmakers like TSMC have escaped the worst, production halts and disruptions will tighten the supply of key components like displays and semiconductors. Analysts warn this could lead to short-term price pressures, particularly in a market already facing tight inventories. The […]

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10 Apr 2024 - Aerospace

Astute Group offers Innodisk BGA SSD 4TE3 for space-constrained designs

Astute Group is your trusted partner for space-saving SSD storage solutions in critical systems.

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09 Apr 2024 - Industrial

TSMC gears up for 2nm chip dominance

Taiwanese tech giant TSMC is accelerating its push into next-generation chipmaking, with its Baoshan plant set to begin 2nm equipment installation in April. This move signals a major escalation in the advanced chipmaking race as TSMC aims to maintain its technological edge over rivals Samsung and Intel.

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09 Apr 2024 - Defence

Astute Group offers high-speed, power-efficient LEAP OBT transceiver from Amphenol

Astute Group offers the Amphenol LEAP OBT 12-TRX 300G NRZ, a compact, high-bandwidth on-board transceiver designed to meet the needs of data-intensive applications across a wide range of industries.

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08 Apr 2024 - Defence

IBM bolsters trusted chip supply chain

IBM has secured a significant $576 million contract to shore up the US military's supply of secure and trusted semiconductors, underscoring the escalating focus on technological sovereignty in the sensitive defense sector. According to the report in Military & Aerospace Electronics, the focus is on creating a trusted manufacturing environment within IBM's commercial facilities, where advanced microelectronics can be produced with strict security measures. These safeguards will help prevent tampering, reverse engineering, and other threats to sensitive military technologies.

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08 Apr 2024 - Industrial

Astute Group offers Innodisk edge server SSDs for edge AI applications

Astute Group is your trusted partner for high-performance edge AI storage solutions.

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05 Apr 2024 - General

Intel shooting for gold in competition for global semiconductor production

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is on a mission to bring advanced semiconductor manufacturing back to the West. He’s candid about the risks of the current Asian dominance, stating, “chips are… the most important resources in the world” and emphasising the need to regain control. The worrying picture emerges: only 12% of today’s chips are made […]

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05 Apr 2024 - Uncategorised

Astute Group signs deal to distribute WAGO’s full product line across UK

Astute Group has signed a UK-authorised distribution agreement with WAGO, a global leader in automation and electrical interconnects. This partnership expands Astute Group’s growing portfolio of high-quality industrial components and solutions, offering customers even greater choice and flexibility.

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04 Apr 2024 - General

Counterfeit chip threat surges, supply status irrelevant, says ERAI

A new report by ERAI reveals the continuing upward trend in counterfeit and nonconforming electronic components, with numbers rising for the second consecutive year. Contrary to common assumptions, the study indicates that active, readily available parts are actively targeted, underscoring the importance of rigorous testing regardless of a chip's supply status.

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04 Apr 2024 - Industrial

Astute Group offers QUELL EESeal filter inserts for simplified EMI & ESD compliance

Astute Group offers the QUELL eSeal filter insert series, providing engineers with a compact, cost-effective, and highly reliable alternative to traditional, bulky filtered connectors. These inserts transform standard circular, D-Sub, Micro-D, and custom connectors into shielded, filtered versions in seconds, significantly simplifying EMI/ESD compliance efforts.

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03 Apr 2024 - EV

EV push collides with supply chain realities

The aggressive push for electric vehicles (EVs) in the US is slamming into a harsh reality: critical supply chains controlled by China pose major risks to both the auto industry and consumers, writes Larry Bell, on Newsmax.

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03 Apr 2024 - Defence

Astute Group offers Oxley defence-grade LED lighting and lamps for mission-critical applications

Astute Group brings Oxley's expertise in defence-grade LED lighting solutions to engineers seeking durability, performance, and customisation for harsh environments. Oxley products are designed to withstand the rigours of military, aerospace, and demanding industrial applications, ensuring reliable operation when visibility and long-term functionality are essential.

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