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Posts posted in January 2014
Student Pays Engineering Forward
Jessica MacNeil  
1/31/2014   (7) comments
Jim Balz's path to engineering and philanthropy wasn't always clear, but when he got involved in the FIRST Robotics Competition his interest became a passion. Now his work is gaining support from the engineering community, even seeing him speak at major conferences and events.
Learn from Zappos: Pay Employees to Quit
Frank Cavallaro  
1/31/2014   (12) comments
Paying your employees to quit isn't as crazy as it sounds. Here's why you should consider this strategy.
IR Technology Enhances Driver Safety
Pallab Chatterjee  
1/30/2014   (12) comments
Driver safety and awareness features are becoming standard, marking a change in OEM options for new vehicles.
Profiles in Design: Hermann Eul
Janine Love  
1/30/2014   (2) comments
Dr. Hermann Eul is vice president and general manager of the Mobile & Communications Group at Intel Corporation.
Sourcing Quartz Timing Devices: Myth vs. Reality
Jean-Francois Baril  
1/30/2014   (4) comments
Conventional wisdom is that quartz timing devices are a mature technology with few supply or performance issues; as is often the case, conventional wisdom can be wrong.
What Does Alibaba's Huge Supply Play Mean?
Marc Herman  
1/30/2014   (6) comments
Alibabi's logistics plans have gotten a lot of attention as a business deal, but it's time to consider what it means for the supply chain.
USB Flash Drives Still Have (a Little) Life Left in Them
Gary Hilson  
1/29/2014   Post a comment
Pervasive WiFi and cloud services mean there's less need for USB thumb drives. They will die a slow death as users hit connectivity and online storage constraints, as well as limited drive space on tablets.
Feature Phones Are Back?
Junko Yoshida  
1/29/2014   (1) comment
The mobile market has a strange way of refreshing old products and making them new. A case in point is the so-called Bluetooth dialer.
If It’s on NPR, It Must Be True
Wade McDaniel  
1/29/2014   (5) comments
As organizations talk about re-shoring, labor costs should only be part of the discussion. Taken as a whole, this is a movement whose time has come.
Disturbed by Superhuman?
Junko Yoshida  
1/29/2014   Post a comment
How much of this advancement toward “superhuman” abilities enabled by technological means will be deemed socially legitimate and psychologically healthy?
Closing the Direct Procurement Gap
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/29/2014   (1) comment
Today's supply chain bears little resemblance to the procurement channel of the past. It's time for direct procurement practices to evolve and catch up.
Auto UI at Digital Cusp
Junko Yoshida  
1/28/2014   (2) comments
As evidenced at CES last week, the automotive industry is exactly at the digital cusp that swept the mobile phone industry two decades before, with its human-machine interface still in its infancy.
Xilinx/Flextronics Suit Shines Light on the Gray Market
Tam Harbert  
1/28/2014   (60) comments
Xilinx has brought Flextronics to court -- and the lawsuit provides an opportunity for the industry to take a good long look at the gray market.
Supply Chain & Risk Management Go Together Like Peas & Carrots
Robert Cowan  
1/27/2014   (16) comments
Supply chain managers are juggling a lot, so risk is all in a day's work.
Superlens May Be Your Next Mobile Charging Technology
Carolyn Mathas  
1/26/2014   (18) comments
There's some new technology on the horizon for the important task of charging cellphones.
Profiles in Design: Eileen Bartholomew
Janine Love  
1/25/2014   Post a comment
Eileen Bartholomew, senior vice president at XPRIZE, has worked across the life sciences and healthcare industry, helping to launch medical products and services.
LEDing It Hang Out: The Downside of Higher Efficiency
Bill Schweber  
1/25/2014   (15) comments
The death knell is tolling for incandescent light bulbs. Perhaps it's time to fight to keep the technology alive.
Operational Resiliency: Moving From What to How
Logical Link  
1/24/2014   (12) comments
It's time to take the idea of supply chain resiliency from imagination to reality.
Prioritize Networking for Career Bests
Frank Cavallaro  
1/24/2014   (6) comments
Networking often takes a backseat. Here is why you should make networking a priority.
Displays Could Already Be the Supply Chain Story of 2014
Marc Herman  
1/23/2014   (11) comments
The TV arms race has implications for the entire electronic supply chain, as screens consolidate their position as the focus of device design across the entire industry.
OEMs Face a Virus Dilemma
B. Cameron Gain  
1/22/2014   (6) comments
Cybercriminals follow the money… and getting malware installed at the OEM products promises them a huge potential win.
Exploring the E-Sourcing Advantage
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/21/2014   (8) comments
E-sourcing has become mainstream. To succeed, though, organizations need to focus on choosing solutions that are easy to use.
Supply Chain: Both Nimble & Lean
Jim O'Reilly  
1/20/2014   (5) comments
With onshoring, customer centricity, and shorter pipelines, Lean is no longer enough. "Nimble" is the next buzzword.
Want to Innovate? Try Spending Some Money
Brian Fuller  
1/19/2014   (79) comments
If innovation is going to be more than just a buzzword, you have to put your money where your mouth is.
The Car of the Future
Brian Fuller  
1/18/2014   (6) comments
Automotive design is having a huge impact on the electronics industry.
Jumpstart Your Career
Frank Cavallaro  
1/17/2014   (6) comments
Feel like your career is stuck in a rut? Here are five tips on how to get out of the rut and get your career moving in the right direction.
So You’ve Got Metrics… Now What?
Wade McDaniel  
1/16/2014   Post a comment
The biggest secret to the best metrics is to keep it simple. Everything gets better from there.
Shift Happens: Thoughts on Industry Change
Suzanne Deffree  
1/15/2014   (14) comments
Margins, ship and debit, counterfeiting, and executive changeover should be considered as we all plan for a successful 2014.
Australia Leads in 3D Titanium Printing
Susan Fourtané  
1/14/2014   (10) comments
An innovative technology in Australia makes titanium 3D printed products available at a lower cost than traditional manufacturing.
Small Savings Reap Big Supply Chain Rewards
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
1/13/2014   (94) comments
The use of electronic signatures can translate into big savings for the supply chain. Better still, it allows OEMs to reduce risk and enhance compliance throughout the supply chain.
Gesture Interface at CES Taps Ultrasound
Jessica Lipsky  
1/12/2014   (2) comments
Gesture recognition software for Android and Windows from Elliptic Labs will be on display at CES using ultrasound speakers, standard MEMS microphones, and transducers.
CES: Induct Claims 1st Fully Electric, Self-Driving Shuttle in US
Steve Taranovich  
1/11/2014   (16) comments
Though autonomous privately owned cars and trucks are not yet fully ready or approved for streets, Induct has developed the Navia intelligent, electric, and driverless shuttle in the US.
Freescale Rolls Platform for Wearables Design
Junko Yoshida  
1/11/2014   (2) comments
Freescale, seeing opportunity in a yet-to-be-defined wearable market, is rolling out the industry's first reference platform for wearable device design at CES. It's flexible enough for a host of applications, from fitness and healthcare to entertainment.
Qualcomm Unveils Auto Game Plan at CES
Junko Yoshida  
1/10/2014   (1) comment
Qualcomm will leverage its strong presence in the in-car cellular modem market to advance automakers’ telematics business and join the brewing in-vehicle infotainment platform battle by introducing auto-grade Snapdragon.
CES Unveiled: Toys, Fitness, Surveillance & IoT
Junko Yoshida  
1/10/2014   (2) comments
From cleverly designed toys and wellness devices to alternative energy ideas and device virtualization software for the Internet of Things, International CES has got it.
Avoid the Pitfall of the Lowest Common Denominator
Frank Cavallaro  
1/10/2014   (1) comment
Setting the bar at the lowest common denominator prevents the realization of true potential. Here is how to avoid the trap of the lowest common denominator.
Toyota Suddenly Accelerates Fuel-Cell Race
The Sanity Clause  
1/9/2014   (3) comments
Toyota announced at CES that it will put a mass-market hydrogen fuel-cell car on the road in 2015.
Intel Edison Aims to Dress Wearables
Jessica Lipsky  
1/9/2014   (1) comment
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich outlined a vision for a wearable world at Monday's pre-CES keynote, the cornerstone of which centers on a SD-sized computing system.
Times Are A-Changin' in the DRAM Market
B. Cameron Gain  
1/9/2014   Post a comment
DRAM sales are on the rise. However, the market may have matured to the point of more stability in pricing and availability.
Re-Evaluating Low-Cost Labor Sourcing
Lynn Torrel  
1/8/2014   (1) comment
Electronics OEMs would do well to look at current low-cost labor sourcing strategies when developing New Year's resolutions.
Calling for a Centralized Business Model for Decentralized Supply Chains
Apek Mulay  
1/7/2014   (2) comments
The current business business model of MNCs, which is based on globalization, has resulted in distorted manufacturing supply chain. A centralized business model improves the situation dramatically.
Robotics Revolutionizes Waste Recycling
Susan Fourtané  
1/6/2014   (18) comments
ZenRobotics creates a promising technology for waste sorting.
Go Beyond Layoffs to Cut Costs
Frank Cavallaro  
1/3/2014   (38) comments
Layoffs are often the go-to move when you need to cut costs, but they are costly. Before you cut bodies, consider cutting elsewhere.
The Driverless Car Revolution Begins Now
B. Cameron Gain  
1/2/2014   (26) comments
The march toward self-driving cars has begun, and the electronics industry has to get its supply chain ready.




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