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Heard in the Channel: Electronics Firms Honored for Ethics

Researcher includes Avnet, Premier Farnell on 2014 list of World’s Most Ethical Companies

Ethisphere Institute, an independent research center, recently recognized five electronics industry firms as some of the world’s most ethical companies for 2014. Electronic components distributors Avnet, Inc. and Premier Farnell plc were listed alongside Applied Materials, Rockwell Automation, and Texas Instruments as firms that raise the bar on ethical leadership and corporate behavior.

Avnet is a first-time recipient of the honor. Along with the other honorees, the distributor is being honored for understanding the relationship between ethics, reputation, and daily interactions with its brand.

Avnet CEO Rick Hamada commented on the achievement: “Integrity is not just included in Avnet’s core value, it is our number one core value. The recognition from the Ethisphere Institute validates what our employees around the world demonstrate ever day—that integrity matters and is a critical part of what makes Avnet a truly premier global business partner, employer and leader.”

In other industry news:

  • Component manufacturer AVX released its new FFLC DC Link Film Capacitor, designed for DC filtering applications such as DC link or resonant filters.
  • International Rectifier introduced its latest generation of versatile, PMBus™ enabled, CHiL digital PWM controllers and integrated PowIRstage® solutions that improve efficiency and reduce board space and component count in a variety of mid-range to high-end server, desktop and computing applications.
  • Linear Technology Corp. introduced the LTC3355, a complete ride-through DC/DC system IC that includes all functions necessary to provide seamless charging of a supercapacitor (or other storage element), including the monitoring of VIN, VOUT and VCAP and automatic switchover to backup power.  
  • TE Connectivity recently unveiled the company’s latest fiber optic platform technology—Coolbit optical engines. The engines, which convert data from electrical signals to optical signals, will be the driving technology behind TE’s soon-to-be-released product line of 100G to 400G active optics.



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