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Chip Market to Go Down, Says Future Horizons
Peter Clarke  
9/27/2016   Post a comment
Malcolm Penn, the founder and CEO of Future Horizons Ltd. and usually one of the most bullish of chip market forecasters, thinks 2017 could be a third year of decline for the global semiconductor industry.
Dutch Startup Touts Ethically Responsible Supply Chain
B. Cameron Gain  
9/27/2016   Post a comment
By seeking to make its tiered suppliers’ procurement sources as transparent as possible, Fairphone hopes to set a new standard of supply chain ethics that other OEMs will follow.
Leaning on Suppliers: The Push to Lean Manufacturing
Richard G. Weissman  
9/27/2016   Post a comment
Lean manufacturing continues to gain momentum but it can't happen overnight. Is it possible to compel suppliers to get on board?
Massive Sensor Fusion for Cars Is HERE
Junko Yoshida  
9/26/2016   Post a comment
HERE’s new live traffic/map offerings are the world’s first services created from real-time sensor data from competing car brands. From technical perspectives, though, bigger issues include: how open the specifications will be for collected sensory data.
iPhone 7, No Headphone Jack Creates a Recipe for e-Waste
Pablo Valerio  
9/26/2016   Post a comment
Apple’s decision to remove the 3.5 mm headphone connector on the new iPhone 7, while continuing to use their proprietary Lightning connector, could mean more electronic waste as users discard their old headsets and many OEMs rush to develop new ones using Apple’s connector.
Exposing the Biggest Hidden Supply Chain Cost of a New Facility
Kevin Zweier  
9/26/2016   Post a comment
When building a new manufacturing, one extremely important cost is often calculated using incomplete or inaccurate data: transportation.
TSMC Expands its 3D Menu
Rick Merritt  
9/23/2016   (1) comment
TSMC showed an expanding array of foundry process technologies, packaging options and applications-specific platforms at an event.
B2B Electronics e-Commerce Set to Explode
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/23/2016   Post a comment
B2B e-commerce is booming, particularly in the electronics industry.
Curiosity: Building Success in the Organization
Puga Sankara  
9/23/2016   Post a comment
Curiosity builds the ability to concentrate on what is important and to continue to strive for success.
Amazon Echo & How It Resonates
Junko Yoshida  
9/22/2016   Post a comment
Amazon’s Echo-like smart speakers are on the rise. The voice interface is emerging as one of the most natural interface to control IoT devices. Analysts expect the voice interface in home automation hubs, TVs, set-top boxes, HVAC/environmental control hubs and more.
Cisco Reaches for New Sustainability Goal
Ariella Brown  
9/22/2016   Post a comment
Cisco has it's eyes on a big goal: controlling not just its own ecological footprint but also that of its suppliers.
Leveraging SAP for a Complex Global Supply Chain
Josh Roffman  
9/22/2016   Post a comment
Allowing organizations to drive all of their business processes through SAP means that companies are better able to meet their global operations and supply chain requirements.
Robo-Car's Safety Challenges DoT
Junko Yoshida  
9/21/2016   Post a comment
The federal policy places self-driving cars directly under the purview of federal regulators. Stripped from the privilege of “self-certifying” their vehicles, carmakers will need “pre-market approval” from the DoT. The key question, however, is testing of AI cars’ safety.
7 Ways 3D Printing Adds New Dimensions to EMS & Supply Chain
Akhil Oltikar  
9/21/2016   Post a comment
Here are a few of the ways 3D printing is impacting the electronic supply chain.
Finding the Gaps: Business Strategy & Procurement Execution
Bhavesh Shah  
9/21/2016   Post a comment
Building a good procurement strategy is one thing but executing it may be much harder.
EE Times Silicon 60: 2016's Emerging Companies to Watch
Peter Clarke  
9/20/2016   Post a comment
Looking at hottest silicon startups, there's no doubt Internet of Things will have a revolutionary impact on how people can live their lives, but exactly how that will manifest itself in terms of components, software, platforms, legal and business models, is not yet clear.
5 Trailblazers at London Tech Week 2016
Alice Bonasio  
9/20/2016   Post a comment
A partnership between Lebanon’s Central Bank and the UK government is bringing some of the most promising start-ups from the region to develop and scale their businesses in a six-month accelerator program.
European Networking Companies Struggle Against Chinese Competition
Pablo Valerio  
9/20/2016   (3) comments
Effectively banned from the network infrastructure market in the United States, Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE have turned to Europe and are generating fierce competition.
Biometrics Upgrade to AirPod-like Earbuds
R. Colin Johnson  
9/19/2016   (1) comment
Valencell Inc's PerformTek biometric measurement module adds biometric sensing function to accelerometer-equipped wireless earbuds.
Avnet Sells Technology Solutions Unit to Tech Data
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/19/2016   Post a comment
Avnet today announced that it has agreed to sell its Technology Solutions operating group to Tech Data Corp.
Build Your Procurement Career Muscle in Five Minutes a Day
Tania Seary  
9/19/2016   Post a comment
Making time for career development and training is absolutely critical. In order to get ahead, key-skills cannot be lacking.
Autonomous Vehicles Take to the Roads
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/16/2016   (4) comments
In the not too distant future, autonomous driving technology will likely be part of every electronic OEMs logistics planning.
Robots On the Rise
Rich Quinnell  
9/16/2016   Post a comment
Don’t be Frightened: It’s Just a Millennial
Richard G. Weissman  
9/15/2016   Post a comment
Millennials are one of the best things to hit the workplace in years. They are there, so it's time to embrace and support them.
Big Name Electronics OEMs Move from China to Mexico
Scott Stanley  
9/15/2016   Post a comment
In recent years, many North American companies have moved their manufacturing to Mexico’s maquilas, or factories.
Touch Standard Rides I3C Link
Rick Merritt  
9/15/2016   Post a comment
MIPI aims to replace proprietary interfaces
HorseFly Drones Fly to the Future of Delivery Logistics
Judith M. Myerson  
9/14/2016   Post a comment
The eight-rotor HorseFly octocopter is designed to be the last mile solution in delivery logistics.
Display Solutions for the Mid-Volume OEMs...Your Way
Keith Mitnik  
9/14/2016   Post a comment
Customized displays don't need to be a complicated and expensive choice for designers and procurement professionals.
Find the Thermal Exhaust Ports in Your Supply Chain
Matt Holzapfel  
9/13/2016   Post a comment
On the Death Star in Star Wars, a thermal exhaust port proved to be a fatal flaw. In the electronics supply chain, it's critical to spot these types of flaws early enough to address them.
MLCCs: Not Your Grandfather's Capacitors
Ron Demcko  
9/13/2016   Post a comment
Multilayer ceramic capacitor are considered basic technology, cheap and plentiful. Big shifts, though, have been made to improve the size, capabilities and cost.
Chip Process War Heats Up
Rick Merritt  
9/13/2016   Post a comment
Samsung and China are the wild cards
Samsung's Battery Problems Could Affect Smartphone Supply Chain
Pablo Valerio  
9/12/2016   (5) comments
Samsung has issued a worldwide recall of its Galaxy Note 7 phablets to rectify a battery issue. It's more than a company issue. The impact has the potential to ripple through the battery supply chain.
Custom Magnetics: What Are They & When Do You Need Them?
Tim Shafer  
9/12/2016   Post a comment
For electronics designers, it's important to know what custom magnetics are, how to determine if they are needed, and how to engage with a custom magnetics supplier.
IC Insights Trims IoT Chip Market Forecast
Junko Yoshida  
9/12/2016   Post a comment
Semiconductor sales for IoT system functions in 2019 are now expected to reach $29.6 billion in 2019, instead of $31.1 billion, according to IC Insights.
Supply Chain Graduate Degrees: Make the Most of Education
Puga Sankara  
9/9/2016   (2) comments
Young supply chain professional need to develop career plans to ensure getting the most out of a Graduate Degree.
APAC Trade Shapes Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/9/2016   Post a comment
Six key Asian economies highlight the importance if intra-APAC trading and points to potential changes in the supply chain.
IoT 3 in 1 Tape Measure Get Crowdfunding Love
R. Colin Johnson  
9/9/2016   Post a comment
All-in-one functionality credited for popularity of “Bagel”
Amelio Takes Avnet Helm as CEO
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/8/2016   Post a comment
Avnet has appointed that William Amelio as its chief executive officer.
5 Ways to Create Procurement & Sourcing Value Through Integrated Supply Chains
Abe Eshkenazi  
9/8/2016   (1) comment
The most talented supply pros know that putting the biggest squeeze on suppliers doesn't create the best value.
OEMs Have a Role in Mitigating Child & Forced Labor
Susan Fourtané  
9/8/2016   Post a comment
In an interview, Geraint John, supply chain risk expert and vice president of Research at SCM World, discusses the new Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act that aims at ending child and forced labor in the supply chain.
Apple Debuts Three Custom Chips
Rick Merritt  
9/8/2016   Post a comment
AirPods' W1 is company’s first wireless SoC
Materials Emerge to Support Industrial 3D Printing
Pablo Valerio  
9/7/2016   Post a comment
When 3D printers are able to use a wide range of different materials, endless possibilities will emerge.
Intel Buys Movidius: Automotive Vision in Play?
Junko Yoshida  
9/7/2016   Post a comment
Intel has recently devoured a number of startups whose technologies are focused on deep learning, computer vision and artificial intelligence.
Afghanistan: Mineral-Rich, Conflict Torn Electronics Treasure Trove
Logical Link  
9/6/2016   Post a comment
How this war-scarred Central Asian country may one day impact the electronics supply chain.
Non-Volatile Memories Morph Industry Collaboration
Gary Hilson  
9/6/2016   Post a comment
Emerging technologies benefit from early interaction with customers, particularly new paradigms such as NVMe
iPhone7 Boosts Broadcom Results
Rick Merritt  
9/5/2016   Post a comment
Broadcom predicted slightly better than expected results, largely due to increasing content in Apple’s iPhone 7.
Robots Tackle Mundane Supply Chain Tasks
Rich Quinnell  
9/5/2016   (1) comment
in the supply chain, the idea of a robot taking over a manual computer task initially seems ludicrous. However, software robot can save time and money.
Labeling Ups Efficiency in Auto Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/2/2016   Post a comment
In the auto industry, good labeling practices are emerging as a key strategy for managing today's complex labeling requirements and regulations.
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