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Posts posted in April 2014
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Choosing Transistors
James Bryant  
4/30/2014   (7) comments
There are tens of thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands, of different types of discrete transistor, and there are almost always a few places in a system where a discrete transistor is necessary. Which do we choose, and why?
Keeping Europe Competitive: Bring Back the Factories
Logical Link  
4/30/2014   (5) comments
On-shoring and re-shoring aren't buzzwords just in the US. Increasingly, European OEMs are looking at bringing manufacturing back to home shores.
Arduino/Intel Galileo Project Monitors Your Inbox
Jim Lindblom  
4/29/2014   (7) comments
What the Galileo tries to do is meld the ease of Arduino’s hardware manipulation with the power of a Linux operating system.
The Customer-Centric Supply Chain
Susan Fourtané  
4/29/2014   (9) comments
Implementing the right business strategies is paramount in the customer-centric supply chain.
Onshoring: The Role of Transparency
Frank Cavallaro  
4/29/2014   (8) comments
The complexity of having the supply chain stretch across multiple borders has fueled calls for improved transparency and, in effect, onshoring. Consumers are no longer letting companies play ignorant about abuses in foreign factories.
IoT Comms Software Is Hard
Matt Osminer  
4/28/2014   (16) comments
It's no easy feat tailoring a communications software stack for your IoT design in these days when some layers are still rapidly evolving.
Building a Business Case for Innovation
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/28/2014   (2) comments
Greg Frazier, senior vice president of business development and innovation at Avnet Inc., shares his thoughts on innovation and the supply chain.
The Tricky Game of Risk Management
Logical Link  
4/28/2014   (3) comments
Too often, risk management is a conversation rather than a deliberate set of activities. The place to start is defining what exactly we mean when we talk about it.
All-in-One Mobile Security Set to Make Ripples in the Supply Chain
B. Cameron Gain  
4/28/2014   (1) comment
Security is a critical component for any of today's IT systems, but it can lead to sourcing headaches. An all-in-one solution may be just what the doctor ordered.
Bluetooth LE Promises Fewer Cables, Less Weight in Cars
Junko Yoshida  
4/25/2014   (16) comments
Bluetooth Low Energy technology is about to be used to let consumers open and close doors and windows and adjust seats, mirrors, and lighting -- wirelessly -- by touching a smartphone or punching an in-vehicle button.
Old Supply Chain Dogs Find New Tactics From Marketing
Laurie Sullivan  
4/25/2014   (8) comments
Workhorses like Adobe, IBM, Oracle, Salesforce, and others with roots in software to support procurement and supply chain manufacturing continue to acquire technology for online marketing.
Infographic: iPhone Manufacturing Makes a Global Impact
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/25/2014   (7) comments
The iPhone touches the whole world... and big electronics companies are talking about environmental impact in new ways.
Build a Grandma-Friendly Pitch for Your Electronics Product Launch
Mark Shapiro  
4/25/2014   (7) comments
You have done your research. Your web site is ready to launch. You product is rock steady and works. But are YOU ready to tell the world?
Bad Assumptions & Why Lithium-Ion Batteries Still Catch Fire
William Murray  
4/24/2014   (3) comments
Some charging systems have good temperature accuracy, but no cell-balancing capability. Others have good cell-balancing capability, but poor temperature accuracy.
Essential Requirements for Today's Global SCM: On-Demand Software
Susan Fourtané  
4/24/2014   (2) comments
On-demand systems offer benefits in terms of capabilities and functionalities.
Exploring the Procurement Tech Adoption Curve
Richard Waugh  
4/24/2014   Post a comment
Leading procurement organizations are capturing their edge through smart technology adoption.
Circuit Designs Using 6 Components or Less
Steve Taranovich  
4/23/2014   (4) comments
Many design architectures are needlessly complex and use more components (and more cost and board space) than is needed. Efficient design is good design practice.
Public Companies Fail in Dodd-Frank Compliance
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/23/2014   (7) comments
By the end of May, publicly traded companies will be required to report the use of certain minerals in their products. Compliance, though, is proving anything but easy.
Beyond Smocks & Straps: Auditing ESD Protection
Michael Allen  
4/23/2014   (7) comments
When you outsource PCB assembly, here’s what you need to ask your EMS partners about ESD protection for your boards during production.
The Mighty Machine & an Overzealous Forecast?
Carolyn Mathas  
4/22/2014   (2) comments
IHS Technology predicts that the industrial machinery market will grow substantially over the next five years, and double its growth rate this year alone.
4 Steps to Successful Sales & Operations Planning
Michael Schmitt  
4/22/2014   (7) comments
Achieving collaborative sales and operations planning takes effort, but the rewards are huge.
Headed Home: The Role of Proximity in On Shoring
Frank Cavallaro  
4/22/2014   (8) comments
Proximity has played a large role in bringing manufacturing back to the United States. Let's think about why that might be.
How the Heartbleed Bug Performs Its Nefarious Activities
Max Maxfield  
4/21/2014   (3) comments
This is the clearest explanation one could possibly get on how the Heartbleed bug works.
3D Printing: Asking the Environmental Question
Logical Link  
4/21/2014   (9) comments
3D printing may be a boon for electronics designers, but this new technology gets a mixed environmental report card.
Closing the Gap Between Data & Usable Info
David Park  
4/21/2014   (11) comments
Semiconductor manufacturing creates huge amounts of data. Leveraged intelligently, all of this information can lead to much better business.
Galaxy 5 Shows Innovation Slowing
Lawrence Lundy  
4/18/2014   (16) comments
Samsung's Galaxy 5 shows innovation in smartphones is shifting from revolutionary to evolutionary improvements, and value is shifting to software.
Crowdsourcing the Counterfeiting Problem
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/18/2014   (19) comments
Counterfeit components remain a huge headache for electronics OEMs. A newly formed community hopes to crowdsource a solution.
Tech Startup PR Guide: Target the Right Pubs
Mark Shapiro  
4/18/2014   (3) comments
When a new high-tech product comes to market, smart electronics OEMs leverage solid PR practices to get the attention of potential customers.
'Social TV' Talks Back to Smart TV
Jonah McLeod  
4/17/2014   (1) comment
Smart TV is a product in search of a market, rather than the other way around. Left with no direction, the market is beginning to define the television and its usage model.
Get the Most Out of Your Current ERP Solution
Susan Fourtané  
4/17/2014   (4) comments
Enhanced the productivity and efficiency of your organization by optimizing your ERP software solution.
Supply Chain Analytics: Myth or Reality?
Marc Herman  
4/17/2014   (8) comments
Talk about analytics has many people nearing saturation. However, the electronics supply chain appears to be a potential beneficiary of this technology trend.
Google Contact Lens Patent Points to More Wearables
Kevin Fogarty  
4/16/2014   (5) comments
In a filing from the US Patent Office, Google is looking to create smart contact lenses that include gesture technology and blink interfaces for wearable personal networks. The device could have medical uses.
Hardware Companies Win VC Appeal, Too
Logical Link  
4/16/2014   (1) comment
Electronics hardware OEMs are getting their share of attention from venture capital firms. The supply chain will have to keep an eye on this trend to stay ready.
GM's Crisis: Don’t Blame the Engineers
Kevin O’Marah  
4/15/2014   (15) comments
Mary Barra's ride as CEO of General Motors has been hair-raising. Now, suddenly, she is the face of corporate villainy.
The Dollars & Sense of Onshoring
Frank Cavallaro  
4/15/2014   (14) comments
For some organizations, onshoring can make real financial sense. Here's why.
Apple's Run at Auto Industry Makes Tier-1 Suppliers Nervous
B. Cameron Gain  
4/14/2014   (10) comments
Apple is making some noise in the automotive industry with its CarPlay infotainment operating system, making tier-1 suppliers nervous about the potential of an industry takeover.
Curing Supply Chain Tunnel Vision
Wade McDaniel  
4/14/2014   (1) comment
Supply chain professionals need to look beyond their own industry to spot important issues that will affect the electronics supply chain.
Nuvation CEO Examines the Autonomous Vehicle Concept
Steve Taranovich  
4/13/2014   (7) comments
Nuvation's CEO offers a list of reasons why it should be illegal for humans to drive and his solution to that problem.
China's Quest for 'MIPS in Wearable'
Junko Yoshida  
4/12/2014   (1) comment
Despite initial success in e-books and tablets, Ingenic, a Beijing supplier of MIPS-based mobile SoCs, abandoned the tablet market in late 2012. Now Ingenic is betting its life on the yet-to-be-defined smartwatch market.
Kangaroo Bot Hops With Extreme Efficiency
Caleb Kraft  
4/11/2014   (8) comments
In the world of robotic animals, Festo is certainly a shining star. Their latest creation, the Kangaroo, shows off interesting methods of recapturing pneumatic energy.
Logistics: Breaking Down the Brotherhood
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/11/2014   (14) comments
More than any other field in the supply chain, logistics has the poorest track record in attracting and retaining women. Let's try to understand why.
Use PR to Help Launch Your Tech Startup
Mark Shapiro  
4/11/2014   (10) comments
Good PR practices can take a well-designed and well-made electronics product to the next level.
Bed Levelling for 3D Printer
Michael Rigsby  
4/10/2014   Post a comment
One designer tackles one of the biggest challenges to consumer 3D printing.
High-Tech Execs Offer Lessons Learned in Emerging Market Expansion
Change in the Chain  
4/10/2014   (1) comment
OEMs are eying emerging markets as a valuable and profitable new venue to sell their wares.
Can Connected Cars Save Fuel?
Vijay Anand  
4/9/2014   (16) comments
A connected car can help save a lot of fuel and time, along with keeping you safe. These factors will drive the adoption of connected car solutions more than anything else.
5 Business Benefits of a Fluid Distribution Network
Mary E. Shacklett  
4/9/2014   (3) comments
By leveraging today's technologies, organizations can move toward capturing the benefits of a fluid distribution network.
Internet, Apps & Now Hardware
Junko Yoshida  
4/8/2014   (10) comments
Web designers, software developers, and non-engineering professionals with no prior experience in designing a system are turning their attention to hardware, Marvell's Kinoma vice president says.
Exploring the Synergy of Automation & Onshoring
Frank Cavallaro  
4/8/2014   (4) comments
Automation has played a significant role in bringing manufacturing back to the United States. Here's why.
Getting to Fluid Distribution Networks
Mary E. Shacklett  
4/7/2014   (5) comments
With the impact of the omnichannel approach and the rapid changes in customer and product demands, old-style distribution network planning doesn't work anymore. Let's talk about how to reevaluate distribution networks to stay with the flow.
Park Assist for Economy Cars
Junko Yoshida  
4/6/2014   (18) comments
In hopes of bringing advanced automotive features such as park assist and blind spot detection to economy cars, Freescale has teamed up with Broadcom to develop a compact MCU integrated with BroadR-Reach automotive Ethernet PHY.
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