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Posts posted in April 2017
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Bozotti to Remain CEO as ST Elevates Heir Apparent
Sally Ward-Foxton  
4/28/2017   (5) comments
European chip maker elevates heir apparent to deputy CEO.
Pressure & Expectations Rise at Work
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/28/2017   (1) comment
Burnout is real. Smart organizations need to think about how to better manage employee stress.
Baidu Battles Google in Robo-Car Derby
Junko Yoshida  
4/27/2017   Post a comment
Baidu's plan to "open up" its autonomous driving platform to others surprised many auto industry watchers. One analyst described it "a bit of a moon shot." But he thinks China is the right place to try this out.
7 Steps that Move Manufacturers to Industry 4.0
Gary Hilson  
4/27/2017   Post a comment
Every function and activity in manufacturing has data behind it that should be leveraged to improve processes across the organization that will help it achieve smart factory status.
It's Time for OEMs to Get Augmented!
Joanne Moretti  
4/27/2017   Post a comment
A few technologies are reaching a level of maturity that will likely change the way we work, the way we innovate, the way we make, and the way we run the factories and supply chains that we operate.
Solid State Batteries Aim to Top Li-ion
R. Colin Johnson  
4/26/2017   Post a comment
Self-powered chips, for up to a 10-year lifetime, or cell phones that recharge in 15 minutes are in the near future due to solid-state Li-Ion batteries from Ilika.
EBN@C-Level: Talking to Jamil Nizam about the Evolving Identity of Master Electronics
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/26/2017   Post a comment
After 50 years in business, electronics distributor Master Electronics has learned a few things about staying relevant. We sat down with president Jamil Nizam to learn the secret to their success.
5 Supply Chain Risk Pitfalls for Early-Stage Companies
Richard G. Weissman  
4/26/2017   (1) comment
Supply chain risk is around every corner, especially for a fledging small business.
Is Foxconn Ready for Cars?
Junko Yoshida  
4/25/2017   Post a comment
What makes Taiwan's foray into cars interesting is if and when Foxconn gets involved. We spotted several key technologies at AutoTronics show last week.
Talking to a Rising Supply Chain Star: Abhishek Dahiya, Dell
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/25/2017   (1) comment
We sat down with Abhishek Dahiya, global commodity management senior at Dell Technologies, to find out more about what this notable millennial thinks about the modern supply chain and the career potential of the field.
Faster, More Flexible, Cheaper: The New Electronics Manufacturing Mantra
Frank Cavallaro  
4/25/2017   (1) comment
Flexibility is key to business success, especially in manufacturing. These three pillars of operational flexibility can put an organization on the road to success.
Single-Pixel Camera Mimics Human Eye
R. Colin Johnson  
4/24/2017   Post a comment
A single-pixel camera is ultra-inexpensive requiring only a single scanning photocell the works smart by targeting details with higher-resolution and backgrounds with less.
25 Risk & Resiliency Champs Lead the Way in High Tech
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/24/2017   Post a comment
Resilinc's R Score aims to help electronics OEMs pick the most resilient suppliers available. This slideshow offers a peak at the leaders in the industry.
Automation & the Supply Chain Workforce: What’s the Real Challenge?
Jeff Burnstein  
4/24/2017   Post a comment
For supply chain executives who are looking to automation to improve productivity, drive profits, and grow their businesses, it can be hard to know what to believe—and how to prepare for the automation revolution.
NXP Sells Stake in China Foundry ASMC
Dylan McGrath  
4/21/2017   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors NV said Wednesday (April 19) it sold its 27% remaining stake in Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. Ltd. (ASMC), a chip foundry based in China.
Earth Day & Electronics OEMs: Part of the Problem, Part of the Solution
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/21/2017   Post a comment
Whether at work or at home, we all need to work on environmental initiatives. For Earth Day, let's take a look at some places that change is happening.
Find the Fire: Great Teams Need Passion
Puga Sankara  
4/21/2017   (2) comments
Every company needs people who have fire in their bellies. In the high-tech electronics space, though, the need is even more critical.
Amazon Turns Up the Vocals
Rick Merritt  
4/20/2017   (1) comment
Lex service debuts as OEMs tap into Alexa.
Robotics in Logistics: An Indian Version
Logical Link  
4/20/2017   (1) comment
Logistics may be an obvious area where robotics will find a use for place. An Indian company is building its reputation in that space.
Good Component Selection Bridges Gaping Sourcing Gap
Alex Peron  
4/20/2017   Post a comment
Error in the component selection can cause costly redesigns, or simply kill a product before it even gets to market. Smart part selection is a critical skill for engineers and sourcing professionals alike.
Apple's In, But DMV Is Telling Us More
Junko Yoshida  
4/19/2017   (5) comments
The DMV website turns out to be a treasure trove of information on all the facets of highly automated vehicles currently in development.
How Apple's Supply Chain Contributes to the Betterment of the Environment
Susan Fourtané  
4/19/2017   Post a comment
Electronics OEMs have an opportunity to be major contributors to the betterment of the earth. For Earth Day, we're looking at the efforts of one major OEM: Apple.
How to Optimize Your Supply Chain with IoT
Christy Szoke  
4/19/2017   Post a comment
An IoT fleet management system gives fleet managers the information they need to both adapt day-to-day operations to real world ground conditions, while also generating the data they need to positively impact the efficiency of their operations over the long term.
Star Trek Tricorder Arrives
R. Colin Johnson  
4/18/2017   Post a comment
The $2.6 million purse for the Qualcomm Tricorder X-Prize contest went to the Final Frontier Team (led by Pennsylvanian brothers Dr. Basil Harris, an emergency medicine physician, and George Harris, a network engineer) with $1 million second-place going to Taiwan based Dynamic Biomarkers Team backed by HTC.
Apple-Imagination GPU Dispute Offers 5 IP Best Practices
Mary E. Shacklett  
4/18/2017   Post a comment
The recent dustup between Apple and Imagination points to a handful of reminders about the preservation of intellectual property preservation for electronics manufacturers and suppliers.
Robotic Process Automation: A Future Boon for Buyers
Brent Halverson  
4/18/2017   Post a comment
The next step in automation technology is set to revolutionize back-office, rules-based tasks across numerous industries.
Where Do You Stand on Science March?
Rick Merritt  
4/17/2017   (1) comment
Are you participating in the March for Science this Saturday? I'd love to hear why or why not.
Managing the Complexity Paradigm Within Supply Chain
Abe Eshkenazi  
4/17/2017   Post a comment
What can supply chain executives do to find the right balance and manage complexity before it becomes overwhelming?
When Your Sweat Knows More about You…
Junko Yoshida  
4/14/2017   (1) comment
Lucio Lanza believes that billions of things, once connected, will eventually embody intelligence. The notion makes us feel a little uneasy.
Consumers Ready to Support Made in America Moniker
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/14/2017   (1) comment
Consumers put stock in domestically made products, and may be ready to put their money where their mouths are, a new survey from ReportLinker found.
Apple & Google in the Memory Business?
Dylan McGrath  
4/13/2017   Post a comment
A recent report out of Japan says three of tech's biggest and most prominent companies are interested in bidding on Toshiba's memory chip business. Can this be true?
CIA’s WikiLeaks Exposure Offers Good News for Supply Chains
B. Cameron Gain  
4/13/2017   Post a comment
WikiLeaks has handed OEMs a tutorial on how their Internet of Things (IoT) electronics devices are vulnerable and how to make them better.
Renewed Energy Star Commitment Helps OEMs Attack Global Energy Crisis
Doug Czerwonka  
4/13/2017   Post a comment
Small actions add up, and electronics OEMs have an opportunity to make a big impact by leveraging existing standards to save energy and improve the world.
Skilled Labor, Free Trade Key Concerns over Brexit
Sally Ward-Foxton  
4/12/2017   Post a comment
The United Kingdom's electronics industry expresses angst in the time of Brexit.
Amazon Plays Hardball with Electronics Distributors
Alex Moazed  
4/12/2017   (2) comments
Amazon Business is casting a wide net for B2B product listings, rather than concentrating on a single vertical, which means electronics and electronic components are already on its radar.
Augmented Reality Gets Beyond Games to Help Logistics
Ariella Brown  
4/12/2017   (1) comment
Once used primarily for gaming, augmented reality may make logistics operations more efficient in the near future.
Q’comm Returns Fire in Apple Suit
Rick Merritt  
4/11/2017   Post a comment
Apple refuses to pay royalties, pressures partners not to pay them and lied to consumers and regulators, Qualcomm said in response to a patent suit.
16 High-Tech Companies Setting the Standard for Business Ethics
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/11/2017   (3) comments
The Ethisphere 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company points to some high tech and technology leaders that are defining best practices in terms of corporate responsibility and ethics.
The Next-Gen of Digital Displays: Holographic Optical Elements
Seth Coe-Sullivan  
4/11/2017   Post a comment
Although holographic optical elements technology has existed for decades, scientists and engineers are turning once futuristic concepts into tangible opportunities for manufacturers and government agencies.
Foundries Need Clear Benchmarks
Rick Merritt  
4/10/2017   Post a comment
Amid an unprecedented proliferation of process nodes, the industry needs good public benchmarks to compare semiconductor process technologies.
European Union Parliament Approves Conflict Minerals Regulation
Pablo Valerio  
4/10/2017   (1) comment
The Regulation will cover EU imports of minerals tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold from all countries in the world, and is the first mandatory law of this kind to be truly global in its scope.
Robo-Cars Need Relationship Map
Junko Yoshida  
4/7/2017   Post a comment
To sort out autonomous car development among chip vendors, Tier Ones, tech companies and car OEMs, the ideal solution might be a "relationship map" to illustrate who's in bed with whom on highly automated vehicle platforms.
Brexit: Supply Chains Need to Get Ready
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/7/2017   Post a comment
Likely, the planned withdrawal of Britain from the European Union (Brexit) late next year will create ripples that we are only just coming to understand.
Machine Learning Comes to Chip Design
Junko Yoshida  
4/6/2017   Post a comment
Solido to launch Machine Learning Labs.
Supply Chain Safety & Compliance: How To Avoid Company Risk & Customer Harm
Richard Howells  
4/6/2017   Post a comment
If your business isn’t taking the proper safety precautions and measures to ensure compliance, you could be putting your company at risk and your end consumers in harm’s way.
Mentor in Robo-Car Race with Mobileye, Nvidia
Junko Yoshida  
4/5/2017   (1) comment
Mentor Graphics Corp. will come to SAE World Congress in Detroit to demonstrate how "raw data fusion" # not the fusion of processed data generated by sensor modules # can provide dramatic improvements in sensing accuracy and overall system efficiency.
HP Supply Chain Leads the Call for Recycling Transparency
Ariella Brown  
4/5/2017   Post a comment
Corporate citizens in the electronics industry can lead the charge to make sure recycling of post-consumer products is done right. HP is speaking up on the topic.
Data Care for Industrial Apps: Firmware Addresses Insufficient Lifespan of Flash
Ulrich Brandt  
4/5/2017   Post a comment
Neither low-price flash memory devices for consumer markets nor those devices intended for professional IT use can adequately fulfill the requirements of industrial applications. As well as robustness in relation to the ambient conditions, and specific read and write performance requirements, a long product lifespan is a decisive factor - in relation to both the medium (endurance) as well as the stored data (retention). What are the determining factors? How do providers of industrial flash memory devices address these issues?
Eight Views of Bluetooth World
Rick Merritt  
4/4/2017   Post a comment
Mesh due in July, disposables on a far horizon.
Brexit Supply Chain Impacts Auto Industry
Logical Link  
4/4/2017   Post a comment
England’s anticipated exit from the European Union may hit the automotive supply chain.
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