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Google’s New Car to Change Self-Driving Debate
Junko Yoshida  
5/31/2014   (30) comments
Google has unveiled its design for autonomous cars. Big surprises include the absence of both steering wheel and pedals and a two-seat design that resembles a theme park ride.
10 Android Devices You May Have Missed
Zewde Yeraswork  
5/30/2014   (16) comments
Android devices are a hot topic in the mobile market, yet Google's OS is cropping up in other form factors. Here's a look at 10 Android systems flying under the radar.
Building a Defense to Confound Counterfeiters
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/30/2014   (4) comments
In order to achieve true sustainability, OEMs need to be thinking about the environment from the day a product idea is captured on paper all the way until it makes its way to the landfill or recycling center.
Infographic: Electronic Component Counterfeiting & Product Life Cycle
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/30/2014   (6) comments
Product life cycles and counterfeit components are clearly related. Here's a look at how the way we manage end of life on components can increase the use of counterfeit components.
CNC Machinist Skills Gap Speaks Volumes About US Manufacturing
At the Source  
5/30/2014   (7) comments
The pool of CNC operators is scarce, and demand is on the rise. It's time for industry and educators to team up and fill the gap.
A Home App to Control Competitors' Appliances?
Pablo Valerio  
5/29/2014   (17) comments
Bosch’s Home Connect app will control appliances, not only from Bosch and Siemens, but from other brands as well.
Final DoD Counterfeit Rule: Good but Not Enough
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/29/2014   (8) comments
The final rule of the Department of Defense tackles the problem of detecting and avoiding counterfeit parts in the electronics supply chain. It's a solid start, but there's room for improvement.
Software-Defined Storage Improves IC Time to Market
Mary E. Shacklett  
5/29/2014   Post a comment
Software-defined storage has hit the consciousness of the general public with the advent of IBM's Watson. Now, however, the same technology is being leverage to ensure IC production.
Functional Safety Critical for Autonomous Cars
Junko Yoshida  
5/28/2014   (6) comments
Meeting the AEC-Q100 standard isn't enough for chip vendors entering a future of fully autonomous cars. Ensuring functional safety (ISO 26262) is the critical next step for software and hardware deployed in cars.
IP Headaches? Learn From Supply Chain Sustainability
Craig Moss  
5/28/2014   (3) comments
Companies can better protect their intellectual property by learning from two decades of work on other global supply chain issues.
Death, Injury & Supply Chain Security
B. Cameron Gain  
5/28/2014   (3) comments
With the evolution of the Internet of Things, the electronics industry needs to take a good hard look at managing security concerns.
Managing Vehicle Networking
Andrew Patterson  
5/27/2014   (1) comment
The AUTOSAR alliance has been changing the way vehicle networks and ECUs are designed. Different domains in the car have different safety and performance requirements, and the in-vehicle networks must have predictable and secure performance.
Live Chat 5/29: Big Data & Security in the Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/27/2014   (1) comment
Join us for an EBN live chat on Thursday, May 29 at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) in the EBN chat area with Dataguise's Manmeet Singh. We'll be discussing best-practices around data privacy protection in the big-data world.
Harnessing the Creativity of the Crowd for Productive Innovation
Pierfrancesco Manenti  
5/27/2014   (5) comments
GE's first micro-factory may point to a new age of the cottage industry, but it won't end manufacturing as we know it.
World Cup: Ref's Watch Vibrates When a Goal Is Scored
John Walko  
5/26/2014   Post a comment
The Goal Line Technology designed for the Brazil World Cup transmits a message to the referee if all of the ball has crossed the goal-line.
Army to Big City: 3D Printing Reshapes the Supply Chain
Ariella Brown  
5/26/2014   (7) comments
More than just a geeky novelty, 3D printing has potential to streamline the supply chain. The US Army has already found some solid applications.
The Hackaday Prize
Steve Taranovich  
5/23/2014   (12) comments
The Hackaday Prize boasts the richest and most compelling prize pool ever available to hardware hackers, including a trip into space.
Big Shipping Offers Big Opportunties, Big Challenges
Best-Practices  
5/23/2014   (13) comments
We asked Ronald Kleijwegt, Hewlett-Packard's director of logistics for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, for his take on major shipping trends of the past decade.
Infographic: The Fact & (Science) Fiction of 3D Printing
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/23/2014   (12) comments
Although not yet mainstream, it's clear that 3D printing is set to shift the electronics manufacturing landscape, from how products are designed to how the supply chain evolves.
Onshoring the Robots
Jim O'Reilly  
5/23/2014   (20) comments
With even giants like Foxconn aiming to go robot, why not put them closer to the consumer?
10 Tricks That Extend Oscilloscope Usefulness
Arthur Pini  
5/22/2014   (7) comments
Get more out of your oscilloscope with these handy tips and techniques.
Electronics Decision Makers Leverage Online Sources
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/22/2014   (9) comments
UBM's Global Distributor Customer Evaluation Study, an annual ranking based on perceptions by supply chain, corporate, and design executives, looks at how electronics organizations get online information.
Startup Looks for Sunny Skies for Solar Charging
Susan Fourtané  
5/22/2014   (28) comments
For charging tablets or smartphones, now the sun is the limit as a new startup finds an innovative way to meet user demand for better charging technologies.
Teardown Compares Combo Sensors
Romain Fraux  
5/21/2014   (1) comment
The latest nine-axis combo sensors from Bosch, InvenSense, and STMicro have similar costs, despite different designs, according to a System Plus Consulting chip teardown.
Busting Common Channel Incentive Management Myths, Part 2
Revving Revenue  
5/21/2014   (7) comments
Every company talks about managing revenue, and some think they are doing fine. Often, however, there are unforeseen problems.
Social Media Transforms Transparency in the Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/21/2014   (16) comments
The new era of social data has the potential to help companies across the electronics supply chain make better decisions and get better results.
Product How-to: Smart Home Technology by GreenPeak Technologies
Steve Taranovich  
5/20/2014   (3) comments
The smart home is here today and is driven by the multiple system operators (MSOs) or the cable/phone companies.
Distributor Preference Survey Tracks Customer Perception
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/20/2014   (5) comments
UBM's Global Distributor Customer Evaluation Study, an annual ranking based on perceptions by supply chain, corporate, and design executives, provides a close look at how customers rate the performance of major electronics distributors.
Drone or Not, Speed Counts
Frank Cavallaro  
5/20/2014   (43) comments
Amazon has raised the bar for speedy deliveries, making the decision to outsource fulfillment to the right provider all the more crucial.
Deal Negotiation: How Chip Makers Can Regain Control of Their Margins
Chanan Greenberg  
5/19/2014   (13) comments
OEMs are always looking for semiconductors that provide more performance and lower prices. Semiconductor makers need to learn better negotiation.
Raw Materials Shortfalls Create Strategic Challenges
Logical Link  
5/19/2014   (9) comments
Supply chain pros keep a close eye on pricing and availability of natural resources as a way of controlling costs and avoiding manufacturing challenges.
How Augmented Would You Like Your Reality? Part 2
Max Maxfield  
5/17/2014   (8) comments
Will augmented reality be a triumph of information delivery or a metaphorical millstone around our necks?
Why Burger King Is a Better Role Model for the Electronics Supply Chain Than Amazon.com
David Paulson  
5/16/2014   (20) comments
Delivery performance is increasingly recognized as a key driver of customer satisfaction. Rather than trying to emulate Amazon's success, it might be better to use Burger King as a model for omnichannel service.
How Augmented Would You Like Your Reality?
Max Maxfield  
5/16/2014   (24) comments
What sorts of augmented reality information could be presented to us, and how will it be presented?
Infographic: Defining the Internet of Things
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/16/2014   (7) comments
Internet of Things is here to stay, so it's time to start trying to find some common definitions.
The Not-So-Secret Way to Get a High-Tech Whitepaper Home Run
Mark Shapiro  
5/16/2014   (6) comments
Whitepapers have the potential to be a win-win-win scenario. Potential customers get a good education, media outlets get something to publish, and the high-tech author gets some good exposure.
Accusations in GM Scandal Trickle Down the Supply Chain
B. Cameron Gain  
5/15/2014   (1) comment
GM has been in the cross hairs for not bringing product failures to light. Further down the supply chain, though, partners may be deemed equally at fault.
Guess What? Advanced Supply Chain Capabilities Improve Company Financials
Logical Link  
5/15/2014   (2) comments
Supply chain leaders know that advanced supply chain capabilities directly impact the organization's bottom line.
Fully Autonomous Car? Don't Buy Shotgun Yet
Junko Yoshida  
5/14/2014   (7) comments
Junko Yoshida suspects that what's discussed today as an autonomous car is likely to emerge in phases. In each phase, the cars will come with fine print stipulating the conditions under which they must be driven.
Sustainability: Regulations & Standards Galore
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/14/2014   Post a comment
The alphabet soup of standards surrounding sustainability initiatives can be confusing, but compliance is critical, and can improve business results.
Business for Engineers: Reshoring?
Henry Davis  
5/13/2014   (7) comments
It's time for executives and politicians to demonstrate leadership and start planning an orderly return of critical engineering jobs.
Busting Common Channel Incentive Management Myths, Part 1
Revving Revenue  
5/13/2014   (2) comments
High-tech organizations haven't evolved their revenue management strategies to keep up with the times. They have their reasons… but most of them don't really make sense.
Intel’s Foundry Goal: Next-Gen Systems?
Tam Harbert  
5/13/2014   (10) comments
Intel's foundry profile is on the rise, but the question remains about where the chip maker really intends to go.
Should Reference Designs Be Free?
Max Maxfield  
5/12/2014   (9) comments
If using a reference design involves your purchasing that vendor's components, should there be a cost involved with the reference design? Is it more appropriate for the design to be provided for free?
WEEE Creating a Recycling Boon
Logical Link  
5/12/2014   (2) comments
A newly minted recycling program has the potential to create new sourcing opportunities.
The Talent Pinch
Logical Link  
5/9/2014   (5) comments
We've got a missing link in the supply chain -- the availability of skilled and trained workers. If we don't close the gap, the cost will be sobering.
Infographic: Where's the E-Waste Going?
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/9/2014   (25) comments
The e-waste problem is huge... and growing. It's time for the electronics industry to take stock and decide upon a path forward.
How to Create an Effective Online Pressroom
Mark Shapiro  
5/9/2014   (4) comments
Want to get the word out about your electronics products? Make sure it's easy for the press to work with your organization.
Paper Batteries: Are They for Real?
Steve Taranovich  
5/8/2014   (7) comments
When I first heard about paper batteries, I was skeptical. I have worked with companies that had batteries on mylar and similar materials, but paper?
The Oncoming Tide of E-Waste
Carole Mars  
5/8/2014   (17) comments
As we design more electronic devices and as these products hit the consumer stream, e-waste handling is going to become a critical issue.
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