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Posts posted in October 2013
Cold House? Electronics to the Rescue!
Malcolm Fuller  
10/31/2013   (5) comments
Renesas Electronics product marketing manager Gianluca Viale discusses what people can do to conserve energy in their households by leveraging microncontrollers and embedded systems.
Faster (& More) Signaling on the Same Channel
Brian Fuller  
10/31/2013   (1) comment
FPD-Link has been in existence for almost 20 years; it's improving like fine wine.
The Future of Manufacturing in the UK
Susan Fourtané  
10/31/2013   (26) comments
Government support and substantial innovation promise a potentially bright future for manufacturing in the United Kingdom.
4-Wheel Steering Moving Toward the Mainstream
Pallab Chatterjee  
10/30/2013   (3) comments
New car designs are using electronics to good advantage in offering proactive safety tools.
Know Your Surroundings
Malcolm Fuller  
10/30/2013   (2) comments
Sue Poniatowski of Texas Instruments describes the design challenges in managing video signals in automotive environments.
The Future of Demand Response Technologies
Brian Fuller  
10/30/2013   (1) comment
UCLA engineering professor Rajit Gadh talks about research in smart grid systems and how consumers can benefit from demand-response technologies and programs.
4 Steps to Company & Product Innovation
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/30/2013   (17) comments
Innovate or die, that's the battle cry of today's quickly changing market. It's not easy, but it is pretty simple.
An Energy-Harvesting Scheme That Is Nearly Useless?
Bill Schweber  
10/29/2013   (10) comments
The attraction of getting something for nothing, whether real or imagined, is very strong. But is it worth the design work?
Step Up to C for Embedded R&D
Guy Bois  
10/29/2013   (1) comment
New embedded processor technologies demand new design processes.
Live Chat 10/31: Taking the Fear Out of Sourcing
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/29/2013   Post a comment
On Thursday, Oct. 31st, we'll be gathering with Richard Waugh as our guest to discuss the latest and greatest capabilities in the growing market of strategic sourcing applications.
The Hidden Risks of ODM Overdependence
Tam Harbert  
10/29/2013   (2) comments
ODMs are taking center stage with many OEMs, but on the shadow side, this approach has some pitfalls.
Seeking the iPhone of Wearables
Rick Merritt  
10/28/2013   (13) comments
We are facing a seeming impossibility: We need the iPhone of wearables, and we just aren't going to get it.
Google Car Director Tamps Down Safety Expectations
Junko Yoshida  
10/28/2013   (3) comments
The promise of self-driving cars may deliver safety… but probably not anytime soon.
Top 10 Strategic Tech Trends for 2014
Suzanne Deffree  
10/28/2013   (20) comments
From mobile device integration to 3D printing to smart machines and more, Gartner lays out its top 10 strategic technology trends for 2014, where savvy members of the electronics supply chain will see opportunities.
Medical Drives Electronics Supply Chain Changes
Anne Ting  
10/28/2013   (5) comments
The medical industry is rife with electronics devices, providing a challenge and opportunity for the supply chain.
IoT Interfaces May Come From Biology
Stephen Miles  
10/27/2013   (32) comments
It turns out the Internet of Things may change how we think about sensors.
Unlocking the Keyless Car Future
Junko Yoshida  
10/26/2013   (12) comments
Is the car key destined to become one more little tile on a smartphone screen?
Brain Implants Near Milestone
Rick Merritt  
10/26/2013   (5) comments
The NeuroPace RNS is the first implant to listen to brain waves and decide autonomously when to apply a therapy to prevent an epileptic seizure.
Ultrasonic Shoe Sensors Help the Visually Impaired
Caleb Kraft  
10/25/2013   (6) comments
New technology design brings innovative design to the blind.
Forget Apple, Corning Has the Real News
Marc Herman  
10/25/2013   (14) comments
If it hasn't made your technology news radar, it should have: Samsung is buying a share in Corning... and Apple should be concerned.
The Case for Reusable Packing
Frank Cavallaro  
10/25/2013   (11) comments
Looking for a way to make your supply chain more efficient? Consider reusable packaging.
The Ups & Downs of Creating Sustainability
Logical Link  
10/24/2013   (8) comments
CEOs see the need for sustainability for future business success, but they struggle to make the business case for it.
3D Printing: Abuses & Odd Uses
Jim O'Reilly  
10/23/2013   (41) comments
3D Printing has generated a burst of creativity, with some odd and occasionally scary results.
Manufacturer vs. Consumer: The Mismatched Product Game
Logical Link  
10/22/2013   (14) comments
What manufacturers think and what consumers think aren't often the same when it comes to quality, innovation, and supply chain transparency.
The Future Is Here: A New Industrial Revolution
Susan Fourtané  
10/21/2013   (37) comments
Take a visual journey through the Future Is Here exhibit at London's Design Museum to catch a glimpse of the future of electronics design and manufacturing.
Speak Volumes With Packaging
Frank Cavallaro  
10/18/2013   (9) comments
Your packaging speaks volumes about your company. Companies need to pay attention to their packaging.
Never-Ending Conflict (Minerals)?
Tam Harbert  
10/17/2013   (11) comments
Conflict minerals may be taking a broader scope, to include more places and substances than ever before.
The Why Behind IDEA-ICE-3000 Certification
The Big IDEA  
10/16/2013   (10) comments
The IDEA-ICE-3000 Professional Inspector Certification Exam offers OEMs, CMs, CMs, and EMS providers a variety of benefits.
Semi Manufacturing Spend Informs Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/15/2013   (6) comments
If you take a long view, the future of the semiconductor industry holds some promising signs.
New Cars Require Multiple Antennas
Pallab Chatterjee  
10/11/2013   (66) comments
In the past, no car had more than one antenna. Modern vehicles need a few more and the count is growing.
Decentralize to Improve Supply Chain Efficiency
Apek Mulay  
10/11/2013   (11) comments
In today's world, the model of the decentralized supply chain has much to offer in terms of efficiency and outcome.
Packaging Optimization = Supply Chain Optimization
Frank Cavallaro  
10/11/2013   (2) comments
Packaging optimization is essential to supply chain optimization. Here's why.
Innovating to Reclaim American Manufacturing
Mark Danna  
10/10/2013   (8) comments
Global manufacturing is the reality, but US manufacturers should look at bringing these activities home.
Getting Medical Devices Onto the LAN
John R. Zaleski  
10/10/2013   (13) comments
Many medical devices are restricted to RS-232 communication, and will remain so for some time to come. That doesn't preclude them from being networked.
Supply Chain Strategy Changes Ahead for the High-Tech Aftermarket
Change in the Chain  
10/9/2013   (2) comments
The post-sales supply chain is evolving rapidly, and companies will have to change with it to thrive.
Xilinx & OIF Show 100G Connectivity at ECOC
Loring Wirbel  
10/9/2013   (2) comments
Xilinx and OIF came together at the recent ECOC to demonstrate a working 100G OTN link. Many vendors have worked with 100G links using the original 10-channel CFP, but a four-channel CFP2 may prove optimal, with a reasonable power budget.
To Reshore or Not to Reshore
Peter Buxbaum  
10/8/2013   (8) comments
Electronics companies considering bringing operations back to the US should consider the total costs of overseas operations, including duties, freight, and longer lead times, not just wages and per-piece prices.
Live Chat 10/10: SMB Manufacturing Sees Slow Gain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/7/2013   Post a comment
We've asked Mike McDonald, vice president of member recruitment for Prime Advantage, to come and share more about all the hottest manufacturing topics, from conflict minerals and sourcing concerns to the current talent pool, and how they will impact OEMs.
Resetting the Innovation Button
Logical Link  
10/7/2013   (13) comments
The idea of fail fast has taken root in the startup culture, but it remains to be seen whether this philosophy can inform the supply chain.
Big-Data Initiatives Drive Procurement Strategies
Lalit Wadhwa  
10/4/2013   (11) comments
Big-data initiatives allow procurement organizations to transform planning, procurement, inventory management, and supply risk management by leveraging supply side analytics.
Put Your Packaging on a Diet
Frank Cavallaro  
10/4/2013   (10) comments
Fat packaging has a variety of downsides, including higher costs, poor environmental performance, and less satisfied customers.
Reader Audit: Help Us Help You
Lynn Torrel  
10/3/2013   (2) comments
I encourage readers from these organizations to share your thoughts, concerns and ideas with us here at EBN Velocity so we can work together to make the supply chain even more productive and prosperous for everyone.
Successful Supply Chain Selling: Campaign Action
Savvy Tech Marketing  
10/2/2013   (3) comments
Having a well-planned business development with your partners is a great first step. Next, you have to implement.
Is It Time to Invest in Your Supply Chain?
Wade McDaniel  
10/1/2013   (5) comments
Even with all of the turmoil in the world, the macro numbers are encouraging. Now could be the time to invest and to make some big innovative changes in supply chain capabilities that will directly help customers.




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The number of cyberattacks is on the rise and hackers are targeting the supply chain. Drew Smith, founder and CEO of InfoArmor, will be on hand to discuss the reality of today's threat landscape and what to do about it.