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The Other Tesla
David Blaza  
10/17/2014   (4) comments
This Indiegogo fundraiser is for a Tesla museum in the inventor's decaying lab in Shoreham, N.Y.
Infographic: Fake Electronics Fool Consumers
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/17/2014   (11) comments
As much as we talk about the reality of counterfeit electronic components, the problem of counterfeit electronics goods is equally problematic.
Running the Life & Death Race of High-Tech Marketing
Savvy Tech Marketing  
10/17/2014   (3) comments
Wake-up call: Marketing isn't a leisurely walk in park, even if you are dominant in your market sector. There are competing brands in a hurry to grab your business.
China Leads the Charge Into Ultra HDTV -- Really?
Jonah McLeod  
10/16/2014   (6) comments
What's driving the rampant hyperbole over the size and growth of the Ultra HDTV market? Market analysts' answers range from China's growing affluent consumer base to the pricing strategies of consumer electronic giants pushing the next wave of product on to eager consumers worldwide.
Slideshow: Top 10 Graduate Supply Chain Programs
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/16/2014   (2) comments
For those who want to advance a supply chain career, the academic world offers a wealth of opportunities in continuing education, from a certificate in supply chain management to a Master's degree or Doctorate. Gartner's research identifies the leading programs.
Biology, Deceit & Security in the Internet of Things
Bernard Murphy  
10/15/2014   (4) comments
Biology-inspired and deceit-based strategies offer new ways to think about defense against Internet of Things (IoT) "pathogens" at a system-level.
UL Supports OEMs in Conflict Mineral Reporting Efforts
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/15/2014   (5) comments
A new offering from UL's Information & Insights (I&I) division hopes to help the industry streamline reporting while increasing compliance around conflict minerals.
Mexico Is the New Detroit?
Carolyn Mathas  
10/14/2014   (7) comments
Carolyn Mathas recently noticed an article calling Mexico the new Detroit. Hmmm.
US Manufacturing Revival: Smoke & Mirrors or Something Real?
Logical Link  
10/14/2014   (2) comments
There have been glimmers of good news for the US electronics manufacturing sector. The real question remains: How will the year end up?
Live Chat 10/16: Examining the Supply Chain With a Macroeconomic Lens
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/13/2014   (1) comment
Apek Mulay, EBN blogger and CEO of Mulay's Consultancy Services, brings his expertise in macroeconomics and the US semiconductor industry to bear as we discuss how the decentralization of the electronics supply chain and mass capitalism could benefit the industry. This approach, he says, will foster socio-economic reforms, reduce taxes, and help improve collaboration among businesses.
3D-Printed Instruments Used in Live Concert
Amy Norcross  
10/13/2014   (8) comments
A professor from Lund University in Sweden "brought the band back together" and hosted a first-of-its-kind concert using only instruments he created with a 3D printer.
Examining the iPhone 6 Supplier Hit Parade
Bruce Gain  
10/13/2014   (3) comments
Apple's component procurement strategy shows a tendency to stick with known and trusted suppliers, with a few new ones thrown in for good measure.
Despite 'D' Disappointment, Tesla Still Matters
Junko Yoshida  
10/10/2014   (19) comments
The long, speculation-drenched week that followed Elon Musk’s “unveil the D” tweet is finally over. Tesla Motors Thursday night announced an all-wheel-drive (awd) Model S with semi-autopilot features.
Infographic: Startups in the High-Tech Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/10/2014   (8) comments
High-tech startups are critical to the electronics supply chain for innovation and flexibility. Organizations need to look closely at the reality of working with these emerging firms.
What to Do When the Only Constant Is Change
Debra N. Eggeman  
10/10/2014   (2) comments
Manufacturers can look toward industry organizations for help in identifying trusted partners.
Blue LED Inventors Win Nobel Prize
R. Colin Johnson  
10/9/2014   (5) comments
Three Japanese-born researchers (one a professor at UCSB) will share the $1.1 million Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on the blue light-emitting diode that has made possible the white solid-state lighting that has obsoleted both incandescent and fluorescent.
Risky Business: 3 Strategies to Keep Your High-Tech Supply Chain Safe From Disruption
Change in the Chain  
10/9/2014   (6) comments
Smart OEMs are finding ways to streamline their supply chain operations to meet market demands, reduce costs, and become more customer-centric.
Cheap Solar Absorbs Entire Spectrum
R. Colin Johnson  
10/8/2014   (8) comments
Two-step process first absorbs entire spectrum of light from the sun then reradiates it in the infrared spectrum where conventional photovoltaics can turn it into electricity.
Semiwiki Bloggers Misinformed About Foundry Business
Apek Mulay  
10/8/2014   (13) comments
The fabless foundry model, which may make economic sense for many semiconductor manufacturers, may have negative ramifications for the US economy.
Myo: More Muscle for Wearables?
Thomas Claburn  
10/7/2014   (3) comments
Myo armband aspires to become the mouse of the mobile world, but it has a way to go to get there.
Warehouse Energy Savings: Boosting Your Bottom Line
Frank Cavallaro  
10/7/2014   (5) comments
Sustainable design for warehouses and distribution centers has become the norm and one of the most effective tools to boost the bottom line.
Should We Care if AM Radio Fades Out?
Bill Schweber  
10/6/2014   (11) comments
How the cycle has turned: Putting an AM radio into a car was a big advance in the 1920s and 1930s. Now, auto vendors are considering eliminating the radio as a standard or even optional feature, due to declining user need and listenership.
Slideshow: Top 10 Undergrad Supply Chain Programs
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/6/2014   (5) comments
Supply chain management may not be the first thought of newly minted college freshmen, but it's a promising field, and there are plenty of excellent programs out there. Here's a look at the cream of the crop.
Maker Faire Meets the Big Apple
Jessica Lipsky  
10/3/2014   (11) comments
Hundreds of large companies, startups, maker spaces, and scientists converged at Maker Faire, held at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. Makers big and small came with curiosity to play with hundreds of projects.
Infographic: Past, Present, & Future of IoT
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/3/2014   (8) comments
The Internet of Things is set to grow at an astonishing pace. Is the supply chain ready to support the increased demand?
Robots Confront Safety Standards
Rick Merritt  
10/2/2014   (11) comments
An emerging crop of industrial robots will be more user-friendly tools for novice users in a wide variety of small companies, but they may bump up against safety standards, experts say.
Collaborative Sourcing Reduces Costs & Time
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/2/2014   (10) comments
Procurement departments that throw out the spreadsheets and turn to a collaborative sourcing platform can reap substantial savings.
Missing Datasheet Details Can Cause Problems
Glen Chenier  
10/1/2014   (3) comments
A lack of information on a datasheet lead to system crashes from a hot-swap controller.
3 Keys to Successful Supply Chain: Collaboration, Big Data & Sustainability
Donna Fritz  
10/1/2014   (1) comment
Smart midmarket OEMs are leveraging collaboration, big data, and green/sustainable supply chains to ensure the best results.
IoT Calls for Simpler Protocol
Francis DaCosta  
9/30/2014   (1) comment
Chirp is a simplified messaging scheme geared for the Internet of Things where many basic devices will not have the muscle to process traditional protocols such as IPv6, says author Francis DaCosta.
Taking the Doom Out of the Supply Chain Talent Gap
Frank Cavallaro  
9/30/2014   (2) comments
For all the doom and gloom surrounding the supply chain talent shortage, there has hardly been a better time to be a college graduate or self-motivated professional in this industry.
4 Reasons for Intel's $1.5 Billion Bet in China
Junko Yoshida  
9/29/2014   (11) comments
China's quest to expand its domestic semiconductor industry suddenly looks more realistic and even winnable now that Intel, the world's largest semiconductor company, plans to invest up to $1.5 billion in Tsinghua Unigroup.
New Common Parts Library Supports Connected Device Design
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/29/2014   (4) comments
Octopart is developing a living library of readily available, commonly used parts for designers who want to ease supply chain headaches when it comes time to build their connected devices.
Averting a Repeat Supply Chain Disruption at West Coast Ports
Logical Link  
9/29/2014   (4) comments
Although not likely, a threat of shutdown in West Coast ports should get supply chain pros thinking about how to manage if such a thing were to happen.
10 Top Video Parodies on User Interfaces
Max Maxfield  
9/26/2014   (13) comments
There have been some interesting videos of user interface parodies over the years -- some that are old chestnuts, some that deserve to be called classics, and some that have only recently appeared on the scene.
Infographic: Emerging Market Growth Depends on Smart Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/26/2014   (25) comments
Emerging markets can be a lucrative target for electronics OEMs, but it's critical to put strong supply chain practices in place to capture the best results.
Design as a Craft, Not a Commodity
Suzanne Deffree  
9/25/2014   (14) comments
Gadi Amit, founder and principal designer of NewDealDesign, discusses his views on the changing world of design as electronics enter the age of wearables and the Internet of Things, as well as his personal perspective in working on the FitBit, the Lytro Camera, and Google's new modular and 3D printed Ara phone.
New Age Procurement Metrics for the CPO’s Dashboard
Diptarup Chakraborti  
9/25/2014   (8) comments
Today's procurement software lets organizations collect more data than ever before. Increasingly, the chief procurement officer needs to focus on the most important metrics to make good buying decisions.
Wearables & IoT Boom Creates Supply Chain Challenges
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/25/2014   (18) comments
A great idea for a new wearable or connected electronics product can die on the vine if designers neglect manufacturability and product availability.
Slideshow: Vote on Cool Idea Award From Designers of Things
Susan Rambo  
9/24/2014   (7) comments
Check out the interesting innovations up for Proto Labs' Cool Idea! Award at Designers of Things conference in San Francisco.
3D Printers Pursue High Fashion
Rick Merritt  
9/24/2014   (13) comments
Advances in 3D printers hold promise for a clothing and fashion industry stuck in 100-year-old processes, but they still have years of evolution ahead, a Designers of Things event speaker said.
Supply Chain Sustainability: Addressing Transparency in the Metals & Mining Sector
Susan Fourtané  
9/24/2014   (6) comments
Addressing transparency in the metals and mining sector must be a joint effort between supply chains and consumers.
Designing for Wearables: Tremendous Opportunity But Not Without Challenges
Suzanne Deffree  
9/23/2014   (1) comment
The wearables space is wide open and exploding with opportunity, but that does not come without design and sourcing issues -- issues some believe could be alleviated in part by the strength of the maker community and an open-source approach to this segment.
Live Chat 9/25: Leveraging Smart Tech to Manage Risk
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/23/2014   (6) comments
Dave Bowen, CEO of the e-sourcing firm MarketMaker4, will be our guest as we explore ways to minimize and manage geopolitical and corporate risk in supply chain and sourcing through the use of technology.
Sustainable Packaging Goes Mainstream
Frank Cavallaro  
9/23/2014   (15) comments
Consumer demand and corporate commitment have spurred a flood of new innovations in sustainable packaging, taking what was once a novel concept into the mainstream.
Steve Wozniak Reacts to Latest iPhone
Max Maxfield  
9/22/2014   (33) comments
Being presented with his very own iCups communications system certainly brightened Steve Wozniak's day.
Elastomeric Camouflage Switches Texture & Color
Julien Happich  
9/22/2014   (15) comments
Inspired by nature's most skillful camouflage artists, MIT researchers harness elastomers' ability to change surface texture when voltage is applied to a make a flexible material that simultaneously changes its color and texture on demand.
The Secret to Buying Electronics Design Services
Michael Allen  
9/22/2014   (6) comments
Using a contract manufacturer's in-house design team, rather than a standalone design firm, can improve both design and manufacturing.
Consumers Expect Full In-Car Connectivity
Junko Yoshida  
9/19/2014   (9) comments
Drivers worldwide increasingly expect their cars to be "the next connected space," a seamless extension to their already connected homes and offices, according to a global consumer study conducted by GfK.
Infographic: Apple Perfects Global Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/19/2014   (12) comments
The iPhone 6 is more than a just a new product success story. It offers an example of an electronics supply chain that spreads across the globe and has the potential for economic change.
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