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On Friday, Applied Precision announced it has restructured ownership of the company, brought in a new major investor, and reshuffled its executive ranks.

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On Friday, Applied Precision announced it has restructured ownership of the company, brought in a new major investor, and reshuffled its executive ranks.

Microsemi Corp. has launched a design registration program as part of a push to fortify sales through distribution.

Attracting field-applications engineers (FAEs) from major distributors such as Arrow Electronics, Avnet, All American Semiconductor, Future Electronics, and Richardson Electronics is at the core of the company's effort. FAEs, for the most part, are driven by design wins,” said Michael Sivetts, corporate director of distribution sales at Microsemi in Irvine, Calif. Distributors have become heavily involved in design work. Microsemi needed a design registration program to increase mind-share from FAEs.”

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The plan, unveiled last week, aims to ensure that distributors and rep firms holding design registrations get a 30% margin. The margin would be preserved even if the OEM contracts with a distributor authorized only in the United States and then moves production elsewhere.

Between 60% and 70% of our designs that originate in the United States are typically built in low-cost regions like Malaysia and Guadalajara,” Sivetts said. We'll work with the distributor to provide a split commission through our point-of-sale system.”

Suppliers that want to thrive in commercial markets must take steps to concentrate more on OEM design needs, according to Rob Adams, an analyst at CIBC Oppenheimer in New York.

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I wouldn't count on the design registration program to pull Microsemi out of the current slowdown, but if you look at some of the top suppliers in the analog and linear space, a high percentage of their business goes through distribution,” Adams said. Microsemi expects second-quarter sales to decline 3% to 7%, putting their revenue at about $53 million. A design registration program is one way to counteract declining sales, but don't expect an instant turnaround.”

Following the first year's ramp-up, the program is expected to increase revenue by 15%, Sivetts said. Microsemi logged its first two design registrations last week, which were submitted by Miami's All American Semiconductor Inc.

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Belden Inc. reported net income in its fourth fiscal quarter ended December 31 of $6.4 million or 26 cents per diluted share, on revenues of $204.8 million. In the year-ago quarter, Belden earned $16.2 million or 66 cents per share on sales of $309.9 million.

The St. Louis supplier of cabling and networking products reduced its debt by $22.5 million in the quarter and $37.9 million during the year, bringing the ratio of debt to total capitalization to 42.8% from 48.7% a year ago. Net cash from operations was $20.3 million in the quarter and $72.7 million for the year.

TSMC will use ASML's Twinscan 1100 AT line of 193-nm tools for its next-generation designs, he said. For 0.10-micron technology, there are a lot of critical layers,” he said. We will use 193-nm tools,” he added.

Coral Springs, Fla. – Unipower Telecom's DPAC1U Series ac circuit breakers, only 1U high (1.75 inches) for 19- or 23-inch relay racks, provide ac distribution and overload protection for two to eight circuits.

The units distribute the outputs of up to four of the company's INV2500 inverters at up to 25 A each. Individual circuit breaker capacities may be selected from 5 A to 30 A. Any combination of breakers may be chosen so long as the total capacity of 50 A for each half of the panel is not exceeded.

In the standard model (with A and B sections), the two sections are connected in common (parallel). An optional model is available with A and B sections isolated. The DPAC1U series is priced as low as $318. Custom configurations are available for shipment in as fast as 48 hours ARO, in small quantities.

Call (954) 346-2442 www.unipowertelecom.com

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