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AVX Corp.-GAM Technology, the first tantalum smelter to achieve EICC/GeSI Conflict-Free Smelter validation, has joined the company's Solutions for Hope Project. GAM Technology will process the fourth shipment of validated conflict-free tantalite ore mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

W.L. Gore & Associates-Has developed new testing protocols for the acoustic vents (used for water and particulate protection) found in portable electronic devices. These new protocols were developed to more effectively match real-life environmental conditions.In addition, the company has created a new business unit, GORE Portable Electronic Vents (PEV). This unit will develop solutions to protect devices from water, dust, and dirt ingress.

Digi-Key-Has launched, a website servicing the Israeli market. The site can be viewed in both Hebrew and English. It provides local customer and engineering support.

National Technical Systems (NTS)-Is now offering a comprehensive certification program for Smart Energy devices. The program is comprised of three parts: iSmart (focusing on interoperability testing), rSmart (focusing on RF performance), and sSmart (focusing on security).

General Dynamics-Has announced plans to acquire IPWireless, Inc. The transaction is expected to be completed in the third quarter of this year.

On Track Innovations (OTI)-Has received an order for 30,000 near-field-communication (NFC) and contactless payment readers to be deployed across the US.

CST and Delcross-Per a distribution agreement, CST will become an authorized reseller of Delcross' Electromagnetic Interference Toolkit (EMIT) in North America.

Wireless Power Consortium-Wrth Elektronik has joined the organization. The firm is currently developing transformers and storage chokes that will be used on both the primary and secondary side of wireless-charging systems.

Northrop Grumman-To take advantage of pending ground-based radar opportunities in Indonesia, the firm is collaborating with PT Industri Telekomunikasi Indonesia and the Research Centre For Electronics And Telecommunications of the Indonesian Institute Of Sciences.

Lockheed Martin-Has delivered its 100th and 101st commercial geostationary communications satellitesa precursor to the first dual launch of satellites built by the company aboard an Ariane rocket. The JCSAT-13 was built for SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. while the VINASAT-2 was manufactured for Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT).

China GrenTech-Has completed its previously announced merger with Talenthome Management and its Xing Sheng Corp. subsidiary. As a result, Talenthome Management has become a wholly owned subsidiary of China GrenTech.

TowerJazz-Has transferred its CMOS-image-sensor (CIS) technology from its Migdal Haemek, Israel facility to its Newport Beach, CA fab. Intended for digital-imaging applications, the CIS process enables the customization of pixels.

Nujira-Has filed its 150th patent related to envelope-tracking (ET) technology. This milestone comes 12 months after Nujira reached the 100 patent mark in April 2011.

Spacek Labs-Has appointed The Thorson Co., based out of Signal Hill, CA, as its sales representative in Southern California.

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