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Posts posted in November 2016
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Lattice Deal May Hit A Snag
Junko Yoshida  
11/30/2016   Post a comment
A buyer with ties to the Chinese central government and a U.S. company with dual-purpose technology is an alarming combination that could invite suspicion among regulators concerned about national security. This might become the case with Lattice deal.
Championing Staff Development in the Age of Lean
Richard G. Weissman  
11/30/2016   Post a comment
Employee training and development have become victims of shifting business conditions.
Tech Volunteers Heed the Call
Rick Merritt  
11/29/2016   Post a comment
Disaster Tech Lab needs a few technically minded volunteers to help set up solar power and Wi-Fi networks in global disaster sites and refugee camps.
Hanjin Collapse Points to State of Shipping Industry
Frank Cavallaro  
11/29/2016   (3) comments
The downfall of Hanjin was hardly surprising and is forcing some much needed restructuring of the global shipping industry.
Examining the Risky Business of E-Commerce
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/29/2016   Post a comment
Without the right supply chain for both the OEM and the online retailer, e-commerce growth can create more risk than reward.
M&A Takes New Twists
Rick Merritt  
11/28/2016   Post a comment
The M&A frenzy in semiconductors seems to have entered a bold new phase that arguable leads to less competition.
IBM's Watson IoT Aims to Be AI for Connected Devices, Changing Traditional Businesses
Pablo Valerio  
11/28/2016   Post a comment
Nicola Villa, IBM's Europe’s leader of IoT, gave a detailed overview of the new Watson capabilities during the IoT Solutions World Congress (IoTSCW), focusing on how IoT technology is changing traditional businesses, affecting logistics, and using new technologies such as Blockchain to manage trusted sources of IoT data.
15 Views of Printed Electronics
Rick Merritt  
11/25/2016   Post a comment
Printed electronics showed progress in manufacturing gear and processes, e-textiles, sensors, batteries, and printed NFC tags at the IDTechEx event.
Black Friday: Will It Achieve National Holiday Status?
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/25/2016   (3) comments
Online shopping site wants Black Friday to take its place on the calendar as an official national holiday. Electronics retailers may agree.
Bosch CEO: Hanging on to Lead
R. Colin Johnson  
11/24/2016   Post a comment
The world's largest producer of automotive MEMS devices describes how it plans to hang onto the lead.
Fast Track to Industrial IoT
Rich Quinnell  
11/23/2016   (1) comment
It fits in a shirt pocket, runs on batteries, and provides a quick way to upgrade to Industry 4.0.
Volkswagen Learns Painful Supply Chain Lessons
B. Cameron Gain  
11/23/2016   Post a comment
Last year, Volkswagen made headlines, but not in a good way. The mistakes, though, were understandable...and can be a great teaching tool for the industry.
The Importance of Streamlining Reverse Logistics
William Salter  
11/23/2016   Post a comment
24x7 shopping has never been easier. The question remains: What are the consequences of these new consumer habits for the retailer?
Virtual Reality Will Stay Hot
Rick Merritt  
11/22/2016   Post a comment
Virtual reality could be a killer app in more ways than one.
Get More Out of the Digital Supply Chain
Logical Link  
11/22/2016   Post a comment
While conversations about digital supply chains are pervasive, many executives and supply chain teams are not sure how to scale their initiatives beyond piecemeal tools. The decisions made now have the potential to impact the future of business.
The Internet of Insecure Things
Jane Goh  
11/22/2016   Post a comment
Hackers have shown they can now harness the collective firepower of Internet connected devices. This reality puts pressure on OEMs to up their security game when it comes to protecting the devices they design and sell.
ST's Bozotti on 'Back-to-Silicon' Differentiation
Peter Clarke  
11/21/2016   Post a comment
Carlo Bozotti, CEO of STMicroelectronics NV, has presided over a difficult period in the chip company's history as he first put together the ST-Ericsson mobile processors joint venture and then had to engineer ST's exit from what had became an ill-fated project. But now the write-offs, reorganizations and product phase outs are just about behind the company and it is starting to resume growth. EE Times Europe interviewed Bozotti at a bustling Electronica in Munich.
University Research Affirms Benefits of Eliminating Information Delays
Gary Hilson  
11/21/2016   Post a comment
There’s lots of low hanging fruit for supply chains looking to improve delivery and reduce variability, according to corporate-sponsored research conducted by the University of North Texas.
Shift Happens: RFQ Management Gets Beyond Spreadsheets
Alex Peron  
11/21/2016   (1) comment
For years, companies have interacted with their suppliers using spreadsheets and email creating siloed communication channels. Today's complex supply chains demand something more.
Smart Homes & IoT: What About Bob?
Junko Yoshida  
11/18/2016   Post a comment
At Embedded Technology conference here, NXP executive broached the touchy topic of “smart home delays.”
The Trump Manifesto & the Electronics Supply Chain
Puga Sankara  
11/18/2016   (3) comments
In the distribution center, Donald Trumps proposed changes to immigration in the United States may have unforeseen effects on the supply chain.
10 Ways to Woo Supply Chain Talent
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/18/2016   Post a comment
Let people know that supply chain and logistics offer some great opportunities for a fulfilling career. It's time to close the talent gap.
Top 20 IC Ranking: Apple Rises Most
Junko Yoshida  
11/17/2016   Post a comment
In IC Insights' top 20 global semiconductor sales ranking, the company forecast to make the biggest upward move isn’t a traditional chip company — it’s Apple.
BlackBerry’s Indonesian Partnerships Demand Local Components
Ariella Brown  
11/17/2016   Post a comment
As regulatory compliance becomes more stringent, Blackberry is partnering more closely with component makers in Indonesia. It may be an idea whose time has come.
Qualcomm's Supply Chain Dilemma
Logical Link  
11/17/2016   Post a comment
Qualcomm’s proposed acquisition of NXP puts together companies not only with different product and market segment expertise, but with significantly different design and supply chain strategies.
3D Printed Buses Here
R. Colin Johnson  
11/16/2016   Post a comment
Local Motors has been a solution looking for a problem since its inception, but may have finally hit the nail on the head with its Olli substitute for traditional transit systems at just 20% of their cost, but with more convenience, faster times and free-ride driverless capabilities.
Maintaining Control in a Customer-Centric Supply Chain
Susan Fourtané  
11/16/2016   (2) comments
Customer centricity is redefining today's supply chain. As customers demand more, how are businesses going to respond?
Designing Displays to Take the Drop
Keith Mitnik  
11/16/2016   (1) comment
While making a display completely unbreakable is impossible, optimizing drop-test performance with a system level approach will help products pass drop testing and make the end product far more durable.
Another Tesla Crash, What It Teaches Us
Junko Yoshida  
11/15/2016   (2) comments
Tesla crashed on a test drive while AutoPilot engaged. Nobody got hurt. But the minor incident gives us a plenty to think about.
Industrial & Agriculture: Where the Real Action Is in IoT
TechMergers  
11/15/2016   Post a comment
The Industrial IoT (IIoT) world is becoming difficult to ignore. Here are a handful of unexpected industries being touched by the mania.
Startups, Hipster Market Drive Resurgence of New York City Manufacturing
B. Cameron Gain  
11/15/2016   Post a comment
The outlook for New York manufacturing is not as bad as it looks. There is more demand for high-tech, niche production in the area than ever before.
Siemens to Buy Mentor Graphics in $4.5B Deal
Junko Yoshida  
11/14/2016   (1) comment
Siemens agreed to buy Mentor Graphics in a $4.5 billion deal. Europe’s largest industrial conglomerate has been beefing up its industrial software capabilities, sees Mentor’s tools as critical for developing “smart” and “connected” products -- including autonomous vehicles.
Huawei Ogles Emerging IoT Markets Including Connectivity & Smart Cities
Pablo Valerio  
11/14/2016   (1) comment
Huawei’s showcased its newest IoT solutions at the IoT Solutions World Congress. The company is focusing efforts on emerging markets with limited fixed line connectivity, where new LTE narrowband and 4.5G networks could make a significant impact.
Balancing the E & the We of the Supply Chain
Richard G. Weissman  
11/14/2016   Post a comment
Technology and humans can coexist in the supply chain.
Google's Mobile VR Still a Wild West
Rick Merritt  
11/11/2016   Post a comment
A test run of Google’s mobile VR system called Daydream shows mobile virtual reality is still a Wild West of dangers and riches being pioneered.
The Ebbing Appeal of Black Friday
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/11/2016   Post a comment
With more choices, many consumers are losing interest in celebrating Black Friday the good old fashioned way. Electronics retailers need to up their game to capture customers.
Logistics Carriers Should Envision an Image Enabled Supply Chain
Puga Sankara  
11/11/2016   Post a comment
Innovative companies count on logistics carriers to get stuff done. To keep up, carriers need to start thinking innovatively about how to give customers stellar service.
Electronica: CEO Forum Rambles on IoT Security, Safety
Peter Clarke  
11/10/2016   Post a comment
The traditional CEO forum at Electronica continued a theme from two years before: the Internet of Things (IoT) but this time tried to shed some light on how to ensure safety and security.
Coming Soon: Chief Delivery Drone Officer
Judith M. Myerson  
11/10/2016   Post a comment
Chief Delivery Drone Officers are not yet commonplace on the corporate c-level roster. However, it's on the horizon for good reasons.
SOLAS Update: Full Enforcement Begins
Eric Geerts  
11/10/2016   Post a comment
Enforcement of a SOLAS Container Weight Verification Requirement amendment has begun. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has implemented the rule, which requires that containers and their contents are weighed prior tobeing loaded on a vessel.
Trump Win Roils Technology Sector
Rick Merritt  
11/9/2016   (2) comments
The view of America from Silicon Valley on the day after the U.S. election is, at best, uncertain.
4 Legal Liability Issues for Electronics OEMs Will Face in 2017
Mary E. Shacklett  
11/9/2016   (1) comment
Managers and decision makers in the electronics industry must to proactively look at the areas of legal liability that are likely to be major focal points in 2017.
Container Shipping, Procurement Go Blockchain
B. Cameron Gain  
11/9/2016   Post a comment
Blochchain technology promises to remove much of the bureaucratic waste and costs associated with the communication of supply chain- and ledger-related information for those doing business with the container shipping industry.
10 Intriguing Technologies from ARM TechCon
Rich Quinnell  
11/8/2016   Post a comment
ARM TechCon 2016 showcased a wide variety of interesting technologies beyond the chips themselves.
Logistics Builds Big Expectations for Internet of Things
William Salter  
11/8/2016   Post a comment
The Internet of Things isn’t a new concept. It’s a buzzword that’s been around for years. After listening to the discussion at this year’s CSCMP Annual Conference, though, I think the hype has really moved on to something meaningful for our industry.
Manufacturing Boom in Mexico Actually Boosts U.S. Job Market
Scott Stanley  
11/8/2016   (1) comment
While some Americans fear the transfer of jobs from the U.S. to Mexico, the U.S. job market is actually expanding
Chip Forecast Rises Through 2017
Rick Merritt  
11/7/2016   Post a comment
International Business Strategies updated its semiconductor forecast to growth through 2017, in part due to rising memory prices and sales.
Robot Supply May Require New Links in the Chain
Laurie Sullivan  
11/7/2016   Post a comment
Long term, autonomous robots could become highly disruptive to supply chains, particularly for electronics components supply chains.
Lattice Semiconductor to be Acquired for $1.3 Billion
Max Maxfield  
11/4/2016   (6) comments
Having serious investment from Canyon Bridge may allow Lattice Semiconductor to evolve and grow its niche and become a major player.
Time for Supply Chain to Scale the Data Governance Mountain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/4/2016   Post a comment
Most electronics OEMs are probably just starting the journey to real and proactive data governance. However, the benefits for getting there are plentiful.
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