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Posts posted in March 2017
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Semiconductor Outlook Lifted on Surging Memory Prices
Dylan McGrath  
3/31/2017   Post a comment
A prominent semiconductor industry watcher has more than doubled its forecast for industry growth in 2017 on surging average selling prices (ASPs) for DRAM and NAND flash memory.
5 Routes to Success in Supply Chain Recruitment
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/31/2017   Post a comment
In light of the big gap between the level demand and supply in potential hires, supply chain organizations need to add a variety of approaches to recruitment in order to ensure success.
Uber Crash Exposes V2X Politics
Junko Yoshida  
3/30/2017   Post a comment
If both vehicles -- Ford and (Uber) Volvo -- had some form of V2V technology, would the outcome have been different?
Talking to a Rising Supply Chain Star: Bernadette Quiriconi, Fluke
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/30/2017   Post a comment
We sat down this 30 Under 30 winner to ask her to share some of her thoughts on the role of millennial workers, the ways that top organizations attract top talent, and what makes supply chain a great career choice.
Power to the Buyer: Building a Social Conscience
Richard G. Weissman  
3/30/2017   Post a comment
As environmental regulations shift and change, supply chain professionals have an opportunity to champion green practices as good business.
Welcome to the Age of Continuous Innovation
Gary Grossman  
3/29/2017   Post a comment
Modern applications now are comprised of pre-fab code snippets representing atomized functions delivered as microservices packaged within containers.
Apple Supplier Policy Change Addresses Child Labor & Poor Working Conditions
Susan Fourtané  
3/29/2017   (2) comments
Apple has stopped buying cobalt from artisanal mines in Congo until labor conditions and appropriate protections are in place.
Protecting PCBs: Costs & Benefits of Conformal Coating, Encapsulation, RTV & Overmolding
Michael Allen  
3/29/2017   Post a comment
What to look for in a contract manufacturer’s capabilities for conformal coating, encapsulation, RTV and overmolding for PCB protection. 
Patent Trolls Plague Chip Vendors
Junko Yoshida  
3/28/2017   Post a comment
Semiconductor M&As breed more chip litigation.
10 Rising Stars: Under 30s Shape the High-Technology Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/28/2017   (1) comment
One third of the winners of the 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars are working for leading technology, electronics, and logistics companies. Here's a look at how each is making a difference.
Assessing Cybersecurity Programs: Maturity, Scope, & Verification
Pamela Passman  
3/28/2017   Post a comment
Organizations need to understand the importance of having mature cybersecurity programs through assessments and verification of the controls in place to protect corporate systems and assets.
EDA Sales Jump Most in Five Years
Dylan McGrath  
3/27/2017   Post a comment
Electronic Design Automation (EDA) sales posted in the largest annual increase in five years in the fourth quarter of 2016, based on broad strength across all product categories.
How Growing Customer E-Commerce Demand Drives New Retail Reality
Peter Edlund  
3/27/2017   (1) comment
Today’s greatest challenge isn’t embracing disruption, but being able to navigate the hype of Retail 4.0 when making strategic investments in new technologies.
Roadmap Says CMOS Ends Around 2024
Rick Merritt  
3/24/2017   Post a comment
IRDS points to chip stacks, new architectures.
8 Attributes of an Agile Supply Chain Superhero
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/24/2017   Post a comment
You can be the hero of your agile supply chain. This infographic shows you how.
4 Giant Transportation Trends Shaping the Supply Chain
Kelly Brock  
3/23/2017   Post a comment
Getting around in a world of density will be more about intelligence, UPS conjectures.
More Connected Cars + Increased Cyber Threats = Closer Supply Chain Relationships 
Logical Link  
3/23/2017   Post a comment
Car makers and component suppliers are delivering more connected cars to market, but cyber threat prevention needs supply chain collaboration.
Wearables Market Pivoting Fashionably
Dylan McGrath  
3/22/2017   (2) comments
"The wearables market is doing something that is very important. It's shifting," an IDC analyst told EE Times.
FindChips Pro: Sourcing Tools Need More Muscle
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/22/2017   Post a comment
FindChips.com is adding a paid service, called FindChips Pro, that provides new capabilities to help buyers consider the future, rather than relying on the past.
Glaring Security Hole Fixed, Supply Chain Managers Look Ahead
B. Cameron Gain  
3/22/2017   (1) comment
The backend software on the cloud for supply chain IT networks is vulnerable, but best practices can help to even the score against often daily attacks on any system.
ST's SPAD Imager Likely Link to iPhone 8
Junko Yoshida  
3/21/2017   Post a comment
Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 with a “3D camera” is the subject of intense speculation. Dots yet to be connected are the explicit relationships among the iPhone 8, single photon avalanche diodes and STMicroelectronics.
The Self-Driving-Truck Race is On, But Which Strategy Will Prevail?
Frank Cavallaro  
3/21/2017   (1) comment
As Uber’s robot-trucking division is engulfed by legal troubles, several startups are poised to reinvent the freight business. Starsky Robotics, Embark, and Drive.ai all recently unveiled detailed plans regarding the next phases of their technologies. Which strategy will prove successful?
Putting IoM Innovation to Work at APEX
Philip Stoten  
3/21/2017   Post a comment
The world’s electronics manufacturing industry gathered in San Diego, Calif., to share the latest trends in IoM and operation innovation.
China Fab Boom Fuels Equipment Spending Revival
Dylan McGrath  
3/20/2017   Post a comment
Sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment grew 13 percent last year and are projected to grow further.
Analytics Get You the Most for Your Logistics Dollars
Mary E. Shacklett  
3/20/2017   Post a comment
By leveraging data intelligently, organizations can get the most out of their logistics budgets.
Intel/Mobileye Duopoly: Dream or Nightmare?
Junko Yoshida  
3/17/2017   Post a comment
Intel's Mobileye acquisition has stirred mixed emotions and contrasting reviews among those who cover the industry. Semiconductor Advisors LLC, for one, said "Intel is taking a leap of faith to go very far outside its core business."
Tracking Needed Talent in Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/17/2017   Post a comment
The talent shortage in the supply chain is real, but smart companies are helping their people learn the critical skills.
Connectivity & IoT Create Greater Supply Chain Data Collection Options
Puga Sankara  
3/17/2017   Post a comment
The ubiquitous nature of IoT and better ways to collect data are set to transform the way things are done in the supply chain.
China's Gamble on Industrial IoT
Yorbe Zhang  
3/16/2017   Post a comment
The Chinese government projects the country's Industrial Internet of Things to grow to 450 billion RMB by 2020--occupying roughly one quarter of China's whole IoT market. Here's a report from EE Times China's Editor-in-Chief Yorbe Zhang.
Apple’s Server Rack Assembly Reflects Security Concerns
B. Cameron Gain  
3/16/2017   (2) comments
Apple’s move to consolidate its rack build, while not radical, does reflect how the smartphone giant is addressing security concerns about configuring its servers and racks.
Put Out the Fire: Address Employee Burnout in Logistics
Malysa O'Connor  
3/16/2017   Post a comment
Logistics providers are especially vulnerable to employee turnover, but many overlook one of its most reliable predictors – employee burnout.
SIA Backs House Republicans’ Tax Plan
Dylan McGrath  
3/15/2017   Post a comment
The Semiconductor Industry trade group Tuesday (March 14) endorsed a proposal by Congressional Republicans to reform corporate tax rates as “an appropriate starting point.”
8 Cool Startups Advancing Manufacturing Automation
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/15/2017   Post a comment
These eight companies are set to transform the manufacturing sector with automation technology.
Independent Tool Vendors Form Alliance
Max Maxfield  
3/14/2017   Post a comment
A group of embedded tool vendors has formed the Embedded Tools Alliance (ETA).
Nintendo, Apple, Amazon: Even the Best OEMs Face Supply Chain Challenges
Sean Mulroy  
3/14/2017   Post a comment
Every year, there are a few hot tech products that grab attention during the holiday season--and are hard or impossible to get. 2016 was no exception. OEMs can learn some important lessons.
Why Toyota's Firmware Was Not a Killer
David Cummings  
3/13/2017   Post a comment
As he delved deeper into the evidence, David Cummings says he did not find a convincing argument that Toyota's software was to blame for the accident.
Huawei & DHL Partner on IoT-based Logistics Solution
Logical Link  
3/13/2017   Post a comment
Huawei and DHL to collaborate on Internet of Things supply chain and logistics solution.
WikiLeaks, the CIA & Trust
Rick Merritt  
3/10/2017   Post a comment
This week's news begs the core question of security--one beyond the reach of the cleverest technique--who do you trust.
IoT Revolutionizes Customer Retail Experience Through Inventory Control
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/10/2017   (2) comments
By automating inventory visibility using Internet of Things (IoT) technology, retailers can significantly reduce the cost of inventory distortion, overstock, stock outs and shrinkage.
7 Things About Amazon the Retail Supply Chain Needs to Know
Puga Sankara  
3/10/2017   (1) comment
The recent Retail Supply Chain Conference 2017 netted some interesting insights, particularly around how Amazon is shifting how the retail supply chain works.
AMD Describes Zen for Servers
Rick Merritt  
3/9/2017   Post a comment
AMD’s Naples, available by June, packs more cores, memory, and I/O than Intel’s Broadwell, beating it in seismic analysis benchmarks.
Blockchain Offerings for Supply Chain Become Reality
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/9/2017   Post a comment
IBM/Maersk and Dianrong/FnConn both announced blockchain-focused offerings this week. The first is aimed at global shipping while the other is focused on serving small suppliers in China.
Fostering Growth Amidst a Field of Consolidation
Chanan Greenberg  
3/9/2017   Post a comment
Company consolidation is ushering in an era of market uncertainty that's having a significant impact on the high-tech industry. However, there are clear steps organizations can take to be more competitive.
Cypress Sells Minnesota Fab for $30 Million
Dylan McGrath  
3/8/2017   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has cut a deal to sell its 200mm fab in Bloomington, Minn., for $30 million.
Wireless Disruptor Distinguishes Itself with Supply Chain Innovation
Gary Hilson  
3/8/2017   Post a comment
Mobile virtual network operator Republic Wireless is betting that its supply chain will be the vehicle that it can use to differentiate itself in a competitive market.
2017 Peak Season Prep Needs to Start Now
Spencer Moore  
3/8/2017   Post a comment
It's never too early to start preparing for the big product and sales push of the winter peak season.
Chip Sales Jump 14% in January
Dylan McGrath  
3/7/2017   Post a comment
anuary chip sales showed the largest year-to-year increase in more than six years as the semiconductor industry continued a run that started in the second half of last year.
EBN @C-Level: Sager Shares 130 Years’ Worth of Distribution Wisdom
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/7/2017   Post a comment
To succeed in the long run, distributors need to both keep what works and evolve to meet new customer expectations. Frank Flynn, who heads Sager Electronics, shares the secrets to the company's success.
IoT Transitions Supply Chain from Survive to Thrive
Ian Jindal  
3/7/2017   Post a comment
IoT is bringing a myriad of advancements that will improve the efficiency of any global electronics supply chain.
Avnet, Arrow Drive into IoT
Rick Merritt  
3/6/2017   Post a comment
The industry’s two largest distributors are gearing up initiatives for the Internet of Things.
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