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IoT in Protocol War, Says Startup
Rick Merritt  
12/31/2014   (2) comments
The Internet of Things is enmeshed in a war of protocols in which Zigbee's future appears dim, says the CTO of Enlighted, a building controls startup.
Year in Review: EBN's Top 10 Electronics Supply Chain Stories
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/31/2014   (7) comments
In 2014, EBN readers wanted to hear about the happenings of leading electronics organizations and new technologies. Further, staffing was and will remain a hot topic.
Internet of Things: Engineering for Everyone
Dan Radic  
12/30/2014   (11) comments
The emergence of open-source development platforms, developed and maintained by dedicated volunteers, has effectively raised the level of abstraction to a point where non-experts can now use these platforms.
We've Let the High-Tech Genie out of the Bottle
Peter Gasperini  
12/30/2014   (14) comments
The electronics maturity is mature, and despite rosy predictions, it's possible that we are entering into the winter season of a mature market.
WiFi to Switch on IoT Appliances
Rick Merritt  
12/29/2014   (7) comments
Electrolux says it is one of several white good makers about to roll out smart appliances using WiFi, Linux, and AllJoyn to connect with the cloud and each other.
Get Ready for CES: The Supply Chain Side of Industry Tradeshows
Todd Traylor  
12/29/2014   (8) comments
More happens at the world's biggest electronics tradeshows than just product introductions. A close look at what goes on at CES, Electronica, Computex, and MWC provides a look at where the industry is going.
Boston-Area Engineers to Share Expertise at ESC Boston 2015
Karen Field  
12/26/2014   (5) comments
In an exciting new session format at ESC Boston 2015, engineers who have survived the embedded system development process look to help others learn from their mistakes.
Holiday Travel Offers Big OEM Opportunity
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/26/2014   (28) comments
Holiday travelers want their electronic toys to take along. OEMs need to take this important segment into account in designing new products.
DesignCon Revs High-Speed Engine
Rick Merritt  
12/24/2014   (2) comments
DesignCon promises a smorgasbord of sessions on high-speed interconnect engineering at the chip and board levels, including a look at issues on the bleeding edge of 56 Gbits/second and beyond.
It’s Christmas for Online Stores
Jim O'Reilly  
12/24/2014   (24) comments
A look at results for the Christmas rush, and how well online competed and coped with the load.
Top Robot Stories of 2014
Rich Quinnell  
12/23/2014   (22) comments
Robots have fascinated us for centuries, but now we are realizing those visions. Here are some of the top robot stories that amazed and delighted us this past year.
The Story of Connectivity Told by a Christmas Tree
Frank Cavallaro  
12/23/2014   (2) comments
A wireless Christmas tree encapsulates the increased presence of the Internet of Things in our everyday lives.
Hackers Go Off-Grid for Power
John Walko  
12/22/2014   (1) comment
Hackathon produces designs that could be assembled by villagers with limited resources.
Understanding Data Security in the IoT
Christian DeFeo  
12/22/2014   (1) comment
As the IoT enters the mainstream, data security has to move to the top of the list for engineers, designers, and supply chain pros.
10 STEM Holiday Gifts for Kids
Suzanne Deffree  
12/19/2014   (10) comments
Give the gift of geek this holiday season to the children in your life with these science, technology, engineering, and math goodies for kids.
Get Gifted in Sales & Ops Planning
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/19/2014   Post a comment
Sales and operations planning is critical to supply chain success. The most gifted supply chain organizations make S&OP a priority using these tips for success.
7 Questions With Broadcom’s CTO
Rick Merritt  
12/18/2014   (1) comment
Broadcom's co-founder and chief technologist talks about Moore's Law, his plans for 16nm FinFET tape-outs in 2015, IoT platform wars, and shifts in the engineering profession.
4D-Printed Medical Devices Move Closer to the Supply Chain
B. Cameron Gain  
12/18/2014   (4) comments
4D printing is hitting real-world applications in the medical industry. In addition to being a great boon to medicine, these advances will likely put pressure on supply chain practices.
IoT Metro Network Race Is On
Rick Merritt  
12/17/2014   (3) comments
The startup Sigfox aims to raise more than $70 million by early next year to fund a US national IoT network using its 900MHz software, and it has a partner for a satellite version.
Make in India Taking Vision to Reality for Indian Semiconductor Manufacturing
Apek Mulay  
12/17/2014   (11) comments
India's Make in India push has resulted in two new semicondcutor fabs in the country. It's a good start, but the country will have to move carefully to ensure economic success.
Fostering a Spirit of Supply Chain Innovation
Logical Link  
12/17/2014   (2) comments
We talk about innovation, but we need to ask ourselves what it really means for the supply chain.
G.fast Now on Fast Track
John Walko  
12/16/2014   (1) comment
Chip vendors are gung-ho about G.fast, the standard that promises data delivered in 1 Gbit/s over existing cooper.
Cloud: Adopting the Next-Gen IT Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/16/2014   (1) comment
As more customers move to the cloud, will OEMs have to change the way they think about connecting with customers?
Companies Curb Corruption Risk by Training Supply Chain Partners
Leslie Benton  
12/16/2014   (1) comment
In today's extensive supply chains, companies need to do more to communicate anti-corruption requirements and monitor compliance of third parties.
Apple & GT Advanced: Working With a Hot OEM, Suppliers Sometimes Get Burned
Tam Harbert  
12/15/2014   (3) comments
When Apple tapped GT Advanced Technologies to provide synthetic sapphire for its displays, it seemed like a dream come true. The relationship ended in a flameout -- a contentious and highly publicized divorce.
Stop! Recycle Those Old Batteries!
Max Maxfield  
12/12/2014   (10) comments
Around 3 billion batteries are discarded in the United States each year, releasing all sorts of unpleasant substances -- including mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel -- into the environment.
Building the Mobile Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/12/2014   (10) comments
Mobile apps will shortly become a mainstay of the average supply chain as organizations come to understand the huge benefits to logistics and supply chain activities.
DARPA Offers Free Watson-Like Artificial Intelligence
R. Colin Johnson  
12/11/2014   Post a comment
DeepDive is a free version of IBM's Watson, developed in the same Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program, but it is being made available free and open-source.
EUV Rollout Slowed, 450mm Wafers Halted, Uncertain Path Ahead for Supply Side Economics
Apek Mulay  
12/11/2014   (2) comments
The path beyond 14nm may cause the death of supply side economics but not a demise of Moore's Law.
8 Places Wireless Charging Is Hitting Mainstream
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/11/2014   (13) comments
Soon wireless charging will be one of those "how did we ever live without it" technologies. Today, applications are cropping up everywhere.
Do P-Cards Really Benefit Procurement Executives?
Priyanka Potdukhe  
12/10/2014   (3) comments
Procurement cards have some real benefits and some real downsides.
A Simple Measurement Mystery
Bill Schweber  
12/10/2014   (4) comments
Sometimes even data and modest, small observations don’t add up, and we have no way to knowing for sure where the problem lies, or whether there even is one.
iPhone EarPod Packaging Misses the Design for Environment Boat
Pamela J. Gordon  
12/10/2014   (6) comments
Apple makes great products, as the popularity of all sorts of iDevices proves. The packaging, though, of the recently-released EarPods misses some basic Design for Environment principals.
Smart Panel Ponders AI's Future
Jessica Lipsky  
12/9/2014   (4) comments
Artificial intelligence is well on its way to entering the market by 2025, but it may look different than the public has imagined. AI could give systems the ability to talk to each other quickly and simply or to reason and make inferences.
How SMT Component Packages Affect Manufacturing
Michael Allen  
12/9/2014   (5) comments
Reels, mini-reels, cut tape, trays, tubes, bulk… Here's how your choice of SMT component package impacts manufacturing.
Design 2.0: A New Moore’s Law
Rick Merritt  
12/8/2014   (2) comments
Something I am calling Design 2.0 is bubbling up in the engineering community, injecting new energy into the profession. In many ways, it's the new Moore’s Law.
4 Phases of Supply Chain Finance: A Tale of One Company’s Journey
Dan Juliano  
12/8/2014   (2) comments
Often, an example is better than a lecture. We're tracing one company's journey through its supply chain finance mistakes and final success, to offer a pointer to those who are starting down this path.
Big Data & Analytics: Core to Next-Gen Manufacturing
Susan Fourtané  
12/8/2014   (2) comments
With the help of big data and analtyics, companies can produce a more efficient and agile supply chain driven by valuable data. But research suggests that Asia-Pacific manufacturers might need a little push.
LEDs Brighten the Holidays, Launch Fashion Trend, Refute Climate Skeptics
Lee H. Goldberg  
12/5/2014   (2) comments
This week's top stories include "LED lighting officially declared a No-Brainer for most Businesses," a look at how Corning's new light diffusing fiber may find its way into clothing, and a new Li-Fi system which lets objects speak for themselves.
2014 Top 10 Robotics Projects on Kickstarter
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/5/2014   (10) comments
Take a look at the newest robots coming down the pike. These inventors are making everything from educational toys to industrial tools.
Supply Chain Risk Management Step by Step
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/5/2014   Post a comment
Risk is a reality in the supply chain. Too often, though, organizations ignore the problem and underprepare. This step-by-step guide leads supply chain managers through best practices.
Do You Feel IoT Device Fatigue Yet?
Junko Yoshida  
12/4/2014   (2) comments
After the novelty of the wearable device wears off, will consumers settle into device fatigue or out-and-out revolt? Who wants the whole neighborhood knowing you forgot to brush your teeth?
6 Steps to Closing the Reverse Logistics Loop
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/4/2014   (3) comments
A closed loop supply chain can seem out of reach of the average organization. These six steps offer a clear process for creating a successful green effort.
Introducing the New City, Running on the IoT
Logical Link  
12/4/2014   (5) comments
The electronics industry has its eye on the Internet of Things. As the number of devices explodes, a new customer is coming onto the scene: smart cities.
Integration: The Secret to Reverse Logistics Success
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/3/2014   (2) comments
Reverse logistics is often seen as a necessary evil and a big time sink. With an integrated process, though, these activities can actually add to the organization's bottom line.
Catcher Drones to Geo-Fence Industrial Sites
Julien Happich  
12/3/2014   (1) comment
Once more in October, drones were making the headlines in France, with unidentified units reportedly flying over the country's state-operated nuclear power plants.
Know What High-Tech Online Shoppers Want
Change in the Chain  
12/3/2014   (23) comments
Electronics OEMs need to pay attention to consumer experience in order to win the race to capture customer loyalty.
Intel X86 Eyes Google Glass
Jessica Lipsky  
12/2/2014   (1) comment
The next generation of Google Glass may have new guts, as an Intel x86 processor is expected to replace the Texas Instruments Omap chip.
Changing World Requires Risk Management Focus
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/2/2014   (1) comment
Risk isn't a new topic in the supply chain, but it's one that is moving up the priority list for many electronics companies, as a global reach becomes a reality.
How Big Data Solves Small but Costly Warehouse Problems
Frank Cavallaro  
12/2/2014   (2) comments
Big data can untangle and integrate seemingly unrelated pieces of data to solve small but costly problems in any warehouse or distribution center.
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