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IoT Terrain Still Shifting
Rick Merritt  
2/27/2015   Post a comment
The Internet of Things continues to fragment with competing networks and frameworks from 6LoWPAN to Zigbee, Apple Homekit and Google’s Thread.
Emerging Markets Shift from BRIC Promise
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/27/2015   Post a comment
The race for new emerging markets is shifting rapidly, from Brazil, Russia, India, and China (BRIC) to newer and more promising locations.
Semiconductor Innovation Yields Promise
Peter Gasperini  
2/27/2015   Post a comment
Some of the promising memory applications of past decades are being rethought and revamped to meet the evolving needs of the electronics indsutry.
Are We Ready for Autonomous Vehicles?
Jim McGregor  
2/26/2015   Post a comment
Driving a smartphone gives rise other issues — safety, security, reliability, and ownership costs.
Tech Fatigue Hits the Mobile Market
Jim O'Reilly  
2/26/2015   Post a comment
Drooping sales for smart phones, tablets, and desktop PCs suggest "technology fatigue" is setting in. What are the facts and implications for electronics OEMs, and can the trend be reversed?
Electronics Industry Responds to Macroeconomic Realities with Innovation
Peter Gasperini  
2/26/2015   Post a comment
When the going gets tough, technology engineers simply get to work making new things and improving on old ones, to the benefit of the economy.
Apple Car: Drive Different
Thomas Claburn  
2/25/2015   Post a comment
Apple is serious about entering the auto market. Here's our less-than-serious take on what the press release might look like announcing this magical vehicle.
4 Strategies to Maximize Multimodal Shipping Opportunities
Mary E. Shacklett  
2/25/2015   (1) comment
Apple and its worldwide iPhone introduction has got supply chain pros talking about how to best use the breadth of shipping options available to get consumer electronics to customers when and where they want it.
Monopoly May Be a High-Tech Electronics Sector Killer
Apek Mulay  
2/25/2015   Post a comment
The high-tech electronics sector can learn a lesson from the oil and gas industry: monopolies can cripple an industry.
Freescale v. Too Many Others
Jack Ganssle  
2/24/2015   Post a comment
Freescale gets “typ” and “max” right for their Kinetis family.
Ecommerce, Overseas Manufacturing Contributing to Ocean Port Congestion
Laurie Sullivan  
2/24/2015   (1) comment
The logistics industry is facing major challenges, and the electronics industry is in the line of fallout from recent port slowdowns and outages.
Entering the Era of 3D Printed Electronics
Susan Fourtané  
2/24/2015   Post a comment
A new development in 3D printing and conductive inks make 3D printed electronics a reality that will revolutionize electronics manufacturing starting this year.
US EMV Adoption to Drive Market
Pablo Valerio  
2/23/2015   Post a comment
The only major market yet to adopt EMV-standard cards, US is poised to make the switch.
Talking to a Rising Supply Chain Star: Laura Dearborn Sterns, Cisco
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/23/2015   Post a comment
Millenial worker Laura Dearborn Stearns is making a name for herself in the electronics supply chain for her big data expertise. We asked her to give us her take on the industry.
10 Manufacturing and Supply Chain Trends Fueled by IoT
Logical Link  
2/23/2015   (2) comments
The IoT revolution is stretching to touch all sorts of new areas, and the net of that is that electronics manufacturing will never be the same.
FAA on Drones: Fly But Not That High
Junko Yoshida  
2/20/2015   Post a comment
Under the FAA’s proposed rules, gone are such antiquated rules as [drone] operators must be “licensed pilots.” Intact are “see and avoid” principles; must fly within line of sight of the operator.
High-Tech Wholesale Hot Supply Chain Trend
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/20/2015   (1) comment
E-commerce and wholesale are coming together to ensure that business-to-business buyers get what they need.
Measuring Marcomm Equals Complicated Mathematics
Savvy Tech Marketing  
2/20/2015   (1) comment
It's reasonable to want to measure the effectiveness of the marketing communications efforts at your high tech company. However, actually doing it may be easier said than done.
Microsoft, Google Beat Humans at Image Recognition
R. Colin Johnson  
2/19/2015   Post a comment
The world's first algorithm to classify images more accurately than humans is claimed by Microsoft.
Your Supplier’s Inside Threat, Your Security Risk
Bruce Gain  
2/19/2015   Post a comment
Your suppliers poor security may translate into big risk for your organization.
What's Happening in the European EMS Market?
Logical Link  
2/19/2015   Post a comment
Although no longer the hotbed of opportunity it once was, Eastern Europe is still the choice for some electronics manufacturing services (EMS) companies.
GlobalFoundries Teams with IMEC on RF CMOS
Julien Happich  
2/18/2015   Post a comment
GlobalFoundries has announced a partnership with nanoelectronics research center IMEC for joint research on future radio architectures and designs for highly integrated mobile devices and IoT applications.
Talking to a Rising Supply Chain Star: Brian Dean, General Dynamics
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/18/2015   Post a comment
EBN talks to Brian Dean, purchasing agent at General Dynamics C4 Systems, who was recognized as part of the 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars recognition program. We want to know what he can tell us about how he sees the industry.
IESA Summit: Bringing Vision to Reality
Apek Mulay  
2/18/2015   Post a comment
The India Electronics and Semiconductor Association Vision Summit tackled key issues around bringing the semiconductor foundry industry to India successfully.
Apple, Ericsson Spar over LTE Patents
John Walko  
2/17/2015   Post a comment
Apple and Ericsson spar over LTE patents……as IEEE threatens new rules over wireless IP royalties.
The Audit Supply Chain Professionals Are Not Doing
Logical Link  
2/17/2015   Post a comment
As many audits as go on in the average electronics supply chain, many organizations fail to look at one critical policy: anti-bribery and corruption.
Analytics Squeeze Value Out of IoT
Frank Cavallaro  
2/17/2015   (1) comment
Data flows through the supply chain but holds little value unless correctly leveraged.
H-1B Overhaul Increases U.S. Dependence on Skilled Foreign Workers
At the Source  
2/16/2015   (2) comments
High tech OEMs are looking for skilled workers from all over the world. New H-1B visa guidelines offer an opportunity to bring in a wealth of new talent.
Why Through-Hole PCB Manufacturing Isn’t Dead Yet
Michael Allen  
2/16/2015   Post a comment
Even the most modern board may need through-hole components. Not all contract manufacturers give them the attention they need.
Android to Become 'Workhorse' of Cybercrime
Junko Yoshida  
2/13/2015   Post a comment
As of the end of 2014, 16 million mobile devices worldwide have been infected by malicious software, estimated Alcatel-Lucent’s security arm, Motive Security Labs, in its latest security report released Thursday (Feb. 12).
Valentine's By the Numbers: Celebrate with Electronics
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/13/2015   Post a comment
Forget about candy and flowers. Smart phones, health trackers, and tablets really say "I love you!"
Is Your Distribution Center an Inviting Place for Millennials?
Puga Sankara  
2/13/2015   Post a comment
Is the thought of managing millennials in your distribution center keeping you awake in the night? If so, you are not alone.
Wearables Don Smart Fabrics
Jessica Lipsky  
2/12/2015   Post a comment
What do musical instruments, car seats, and shoes have in common? Each item benefits from smart fabrics invented by Berkeley, Calif. company BeBop sensors. BeBop layers printed circuits onto polyester felts, synthetic silk weaves, and spandex of various thickness to create a web of sensors that connected to a sewn-in microcontroller.
New Lithium Battery Regs May Stymie Electronics Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/12/2015   (2) comments
New Department of Transportation rules around shipping lithium batteries is changing the ways electronics OEMs ship products.
Creating a Supply Chain in the New Age of Commerce
Ron Guido  
2/12/2015   Post a comment
Today's electronics supply chains must consider many diverse factors and newly developed business drivers in re-casting itself into the information age.
Voltera Launches Desktop PCB Printer Kickstarter
Max Maxfield  
2/11/2015   Post a comment
The folks at Voltera have launched a Kickstarter campaign for their desktop PCB printer -- they hit their original goal in just 35 minutes!
The Information Age & the Shift in Consumerism
Ron Guido  
2/11/2015   Post a comment
Life in general, and business in particular, are all about moving information and doing it quickly. Electronics retailers, distributors, and OEMs need to understand that information shift is happening--and learn to work with it.
IESA Vision Summit Explores Future of India's Electronics Push
Apek Mulay  
2/11/2015   Post a comment
When will India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) Vision Summit become an IESA Reality Summit?
Desktop Pick-&-Place Machine DIY Kit
Max Maxfield  
2/10/2015   Post a comment
Here's a low-cost, machine-vision-based, entry-level desktop pick-and-place machine for prototype builders, hobbyists, developers, and development groups.
7 Sustainability Trends That Could Impact Your Supply Chain
Logical Link  
2/10/2015   Post a comment
Sustainability has become a mainstream concern in the electronics industry. A new report outlines some of the biggest trends that manufacturers should be thinking about.
Top 5 Challenges Facing Shippers Today
Larry Lewis  
2/9/2015   Post a comment
Visibility, carrier integration, and benchmarking are key to today’s shipping.
What the Apple Watch Means for the Industry
Sagar Jethani  
2/9/2015   Post a comment
The introduction of the Apple Watch engendered a lot of industry talk. Now that some time has passed, it's time to look at whether this new product introduction signaled the entry of wearables into the mainstream and a boon for electronics designers.
4 Places to Start Cloud-Based Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/9/2015   Post a comment
Although in its infancy, cloud-based supply chain systems offer clear benefits if implemented correctly
The End of the World is Here (for Radio Shack)
David Blaza  
2/6/2015   Post a comment
The purpose of this blog is not to say "I told you so," but rather to look at the forces in play and consider what this means for the electronics community.
Finding Logistics Opportunity Around the Globe
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/6/2015   Post a comment
A new report from Agility highlights where the best opportunity for growing logistics lie around the world.
What High-Tech PR is Not
Savvy Tech Marketing  
2/6/2015   Post a comment
Confusion abounds in high-tech organization about what public relations really is. Let's shed some light on that topic by exploring what PR isn't.
BMW's Software Security Patch A Sign Of Things To Come
Kelly Jackson Higgins  
2/5/2015   Post a comment
BMW takes a proactive approach, using HTTPS for encrypted mobile communications.
Cloud-Based Supply Chain Faces Scrutiny
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
2/5/2015   (3) comments
We spoke to Vasu Rajagopolan, head of supply chain and transportation for Xchanging to get his take on some of the issues around cloud computing and the supply chain.
Security Concerns Mount as Wearables Enter Healthcare
Bruce Gain  
2/5/2015   Post a comment
Wearables are going to be a huge and growing market, but supply chain pros need to start considering the security implications and looking at ways of securing personal health information.
An AI Apocalypse? Really?
Rich Quinnel  
2/4/2015   Post a comment
For some AI spells doom and gloom. It's all hype masking a real consideration.
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