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Military COTS Pros and Cons – Article

Posted By George Karalias on Jan 31, 2014

U.S. government budget cuts are nothing new. For some government agencies, cuts mean inconveniences; for others they can be a matter of life or death.The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has been struggling to reduce costs for decades. One way defense contractors are coping with budget constraints is by moving from military-specified (mil-spec) components to [...]

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Rochester Electronics Receives GOLD Supplier Rating!

Posted By George Karalias on Jan 29, 2014

This week, Rochester Electronics was awarded the GOLD supplier rating from L3-Communications’ Display Systems Division for the 2013 year. Rochester Electronics earned this rating through no QA rejections (100% quality rating) and our 100% on-time delivery (no late shipments) throughout the entire year. Thank you to everyone who worked hard to make this happen!   [...]

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Back to Basics: The Importance of the C of C

Posted By George Karalias on Jan 28, 2014

In simple terms, a Certificate of Conformance (commonly referred to as the “C of C”) is a document put into place to assure that the product being procured, and ultimately used in application, meets a specific set of standards and regulations. In the semiconductor industry, the C of C is distributed mostly with military-grade components, [...]

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BAM Blog: Obsoleted Semiconductors and DO-254

Posted By George Karalias on Jan 27, 2014

Peter Marston, European Business Development at Rochester Electronics, guest blogged recently on the Military Embedded Systems’ “Before and Aftermarket (BAM)” Blog, addressing obsolescence issues as they pertain to the DO-254 guidelines for airborne electronic hardware. Below is a snapshot of the general discussion: “As semiconductors become more and more complex, guaranteeing that they can still [...]

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Rochester Electronics Chooses Soutron

Posted By George Karalias on Jan 23, 2014

Courtesy of www.examiner.com: “Soutron Global announced on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 that aftermarket semiconductor manufacturer Rochester Electronics, LLC has selected Soutron “to securely manage the Intellectual Property Archives at Rochester Electronics.” Rochester Electronics is headquartered in Newburyport, Massachusetts and has sales offices throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. ‘The management of the Intellectual Property [...]

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When Buying Based on Cost Doesn’t Make Sense

Posted By George Karalias on Jan 20, 2014

Most of the public debate about onshore versus offshore manufacturing has to do with the cost of production and domestic-market competitiveness. But in many cases, the debate should not be exclusively about cost – it should be about trust. The defense market is one such example. Military and aerospace equipment can literally be a matter [...]

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Device Testing Misconceptions

Posted By George Karalias on Jan 16, 2014

Today’s buyers, managers, and procurement agents of EOL, obsolete, and/or mil-spec  semiconductor devices must address a number of major technical and business issues when it comes to the testing of electronic components. There’s a common perception across the industry that the testing of semiconductors to the original component manufacturer’s (OCM) specifications isn’t necessary when, in [...]

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How To Tell Good Blacktopping From Bad

Posted By George Karalias on Jan 13, 2014

In the semiconductor industry, “blacktopping” doesn’t mean paving roads or sealing cracks in an old driveway; it’s resurfacing a semiconductor component to display new information such as date codes. Unfortunately, blacktopping is getting a bad rap because counterfeiters   use this practice as means of disguising devices as “real” when, in fact, they are the product [...]

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Too good to be true?

Posted By George Karalias on Jan 10, 2014

COG member, Peter Marston of Rochester Electronics, warns buyers that if a price or a lead-time seems too good to be true, then the parts are more likely to be counterfeit. It is a situation that every buyer faces: a critical semiconductor is just not available or is only available on a seriously extended lead-time. [...]

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2014 Employee Benefit Fair!

Posted By George Karalias on Jan 9, 2014

Rochester hosted our second annual Employee Benefit fair at the corporate headquarters today! We welcomed local businesses into our facility where they set up individual tables from 11am-1pm to allow employees to ask questions and inquire about nutrition, banking, gym memberships and more! Thank you also to Giuseppe’s Fresh Pasta & Fine Food of Newburyport for sharing [...]