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Robotics: EU Launches $3.9B Initiative
Pablo Valerio  
6/30/2014   (6) comments
The European Union believes the worldwide market for robotics will grow from US$30 billion (€22 billion) this year to $83 billion (€60 billion) by 2020. The Commission wants Europe to have a leading role developing new robotic products and technologies.
Cross-Organizational Adoption Breeds Sustainability Success
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/30/2014   (1) comment
To really tap in to the value of sustainability efforts across the supply chain, organizations must adopt clear strategies that leverage ethical, economic, social, and environmental concerns.
Build a Trade Secret Bulwark, Block by Block
Craig Moss  
6/30/2014   (1) comment
A new framework for protecting trade secrets offers companies a practical, step-by-step guide, from asset inventory to risk analysis and protection measures.
Repair Teeth Without the Drill: Non-Volatile Memory in the Dentist Chair
Ron Neale  
6/27/2014   (23) comments
A new technique for repairing teeth without the drill, which seems strangely familiar, has been developed at King's College London.
Making Sense of Supply Chain Sustainability
Wade McDaniel  
6/27/2014   (3) comments
To catch on, supply chain sustainability projects need to demonstrate that they are inherently better business. The "green" benefits, then, are an added bonus.
IoT: Creativity Unleashed
Jim O'Reilly  
6/27/2014   (14) comments
Innovation in high-tech has been stagnant for years, but IoT will open new horizons. The result should be a boom for components.
9 Secrets of Good Online Video Interviews
Mark Shapiro  
6/27/2014   (22) comments
In the past, meetings happened in meeting rooms, and sometimes on a phone call. Now, there's a new venue of choice: video. Video Skype, Google Hangouts, and others provide a great tool to create video interviews... when used strategically.
China’s Auto Industry in 2050
Andrew Macleod  
6/26/2014   (12) comments
China has about 170 carmakers today, most of which produce fewer than 10,000 vehicles a year. That is unsustainable. Here's my prediction of what the Chinese auto industry might look like in 2050.
The CPO Role Shift: Are You Ready?
Diptarup Chakraborti  
6/26/2014   (8) comments
It's time for the chief procurement officer to take its place as a strategic function within the organization.
Software Patents: Supreme Court Ruling Leaves Too Many Questions
Stuart Meyer  
6/25/2014   (2) comments
A Supreme Court decision is likely to trigger a call to Congress to provide clarity to the patent statute.
Cyber Espionage Spells Trouble for High-Tech Supply Chain Planning
At the Source  
6/25/2014   (8) comments
The US has China in its sights over the issue of cyber espionage. Smart supply chain execs need to keep their attention on this evolving issue, which could impact product demand.
Wearables Get a New Interface
Daniel Kurz  
6/24/2014   (13) comments
A researcher in augmented reality at Metaio describes how he first came up with the idea for a thermal touch interface for wearable devices.
IoT & the Age of SCM 2.0 Enhances Supply Chain
Udaya Shankar  
6/24/2014   (2) comments
As the Internet of Things evolves, supply chain management is coming into a new era. The technology brings deeper intelligence that will be nothing but beneficial.
Top Free DIY Tools Every EE Needs
Cabe Atwell  
6/23/2014   (1) comment
Here's a guide to free electronics design tools you can download from the Internet. You don't need a degree to use them, but it helps.
Trade Secrets: Protecting Your Key Assets
Craig Moss  
6/23/2014   (19) comments
Companies need to take measures to prevent the theft of critical trade secrets along global supply chains -- a threat that is growing with the fragmentation of supply chains, digitization of information, and increasingly competitive marketplace.
Wearable Data Acquisition on the Golf Course
Fred Molinari  
6/20/2014   (4) comments
A wearable data acquisition system that analyzes your golf swing.
Leveraging Logistics to Cut Supply Chain Clutter
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/20/2014   (2) comments
By focusing on lostics, organizations can improve sustainability.
Infographic: Looking at the End of Life of Electronics
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/20/2014   (4) comments
E-waste recycling is still underutilized. Let's look at the potential for doing better in the future.
Amazon’s Fire Phone: It's Good for Bezos, Not So Much for Us
Junko Yoshida  
6/19/2014   (4) comments
Amazon's Fire Phone features new technologies such as Firefly and dynamic perspective. But Amazon's strategy -- pushing its own hardware, not the app, so closely tied to its own store -- raises some serious questions.
Live Chat 6/23: Smart Homes, Semis & the Proliferation of Small Data
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/19/2014   (2) comments
As much as we talk about big data, "little data" (all those bits and bytes generated by smart appliances and technologies) are also going to change the industry. We've invited Cees Links, founder and CEO of fabless semiconductor company GreenPeak Technologies and a pioneer of the wireless data industry, to talk about how the evolution of smart home data communications and the Internet of Things (IoT) is going to affect the electronics industry.
Electronics Industry Vulnerable to International Politics
Hal Quinn  
6/19/2014   (2) comments
Today, a global electronics supply chain is the norm. Unfortunately, reliance on foreign sources can leave the supply chain vulnerable to international and political discord.
10 Robots You Don't Want to Mess With
Ann R. Thryft  
6/18/2014   (9) comments
The current crop of military robots includes small, tank-like unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs); more specialized types like large autonomous vehicles; and both large and small winged robots, one carrying its own fuel cell.
The Future Is Demand Segmentation
Todd Ferguson  
6/18/2014   (1) comment
The value of good customer service has long been known, but in light of the recent global economic downturn, with fast-evolving technology and changing consumer habits, organizations need to become more focused on how to respond to their customers, not just now, but five, 10, and 15 years from now. The answer lies in demand segmentation.
Analog Engineers: Too Few or Too Many?
Karen Field  
6/17/2014   (2) comments
Engineering students have been encouraged for years to focus on digital electronics. Now many analog mixed-signal design jobs are staying open longer or simply going unfilled, while some senior analog designers can't find work.
Resilience in Supply Chain Management: Interview With Gene Long Jr., Part 2
Susan Fourtané  
6/17/2014   Post a comment
Learn how to prepare and adapt to avoid and mitigate risk in your supply chain.
Finding Malaysian Flight MH370: Deep-Sea Electronics Search Challenges
Steve Taranovich  
6/16/2014   (37) comments
The deep-sea electronics search challenges associated with Malaysian Flight MH370.
Resilience in Supply Chain Management: Interview With Gene Long, Jr., Part 1
Susan Fourtané  
6/16/2014   (6) comments
Gene Long, Jr., vice president of Chainalytics, a supply chain consulting, analytics, and market intelligence firm, shares his expertise in supply chain resilience.
Alibaba's IPO, AmazonSupply & the Supply Chain Connection
Logical Link  
6/16/2014   (37) comments
Any big business moves are likely to affect the connected supply chain. Let's look at how recent happenings at Alibaba and Amazon are likely to shake things up.
NXP Releases Free Android Dev Kit for MiFare & NTAG
Pablo Valerio  
6/14/2014   (2) comments
Host Card Emulation for Android (standard on OS 4.4 KitKat) is starting to fuel the development of many applications that could be used for mobile payments, access control, and smartcard emulation.
Connecting the Dots in Design for Environment
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/13/2014   (14) 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: State of ROHS 2 Compliance
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/13/2014   (12) comments
RoHS 2 deadlines are on the horizon. We're close to compliance but gaps remain.
Get Press Attention at Trade Shows
Mark Shapiro  
6/13/2014   (2) comments
High-tech organizations should use face-to-face get togethers as an opportunity to build the brand.
IoT & the Innovation Gap
Christian DeFeo  
6/11/2014   (9) comments
Too often, innovation gets mired in the corporate mindset. To move ahead, organizations need to find ways to allow innovation without complete assurance of ROI.
HackSpotter: Hot Rodding Your Bluetooth Headset
Lee H. Goldberg  
6/11/2014   (1) comment
When one of the earbuds on your LG HBS-700 series Bluetooth headset dies, don't toss it. Fix it. And while you've got it popped open, why not add theater-quality sound and extra battery life?
Physics, Not Economics, Will End Moore's Law
Apek Mulay  
6/11/2014   (20) comments
Too often, the semiconductor industry talks about technology evolution, but economic evolution may be the key to success.
Graphene Set to Change the Future of Electronics
Susan Fourtané  
6/11/2014   (11) comments
Graphene's discovered superconducting properties could make up for a great superhero's secret super-material.
Know Cost & Options Before You Design SoC
Junko Yoshida  
6/10/2014   (1) comment
eSilicon launches new web-based tools letting IC designers explore design and delivery options before they start designing new SoCs. It's equivalent to what Kayak is to consumers when travel shopping.
Same-Day Delivery: Hope for the Non-Amazons
Frank Cavallaro  
6/10/2014   (6) comments
On the surface, it may seem impossible for brick-and-mortar stores to compete with online giants like Amazon, but some analysts maintain there is hope for a brighter future if they can only capitalize on certain advantages.
Metal Pricing Impacts Theft Risk
Logical Link  
6/10/2014   (1) comment
Thieves are targeting metal as a potentially lucrative score.
Automotive Electronics: A Future Road to Be Well Traveled
Steve Taranovich  
6/9/2014   (1) comment
Autonomous vehicles, integrated safety features, Flat Panel Display Link, engine start/stop systems, and so many more design ideas abound for the automobile of the near future to enhance our driving and entertainment experience beyond Henry Ford's wildest dreams.
Google's $30 Billion for International M&A, Contract Manufacturer
Laurie Sullivan  
6/9/2014   (21) comments
According to the SEC, Google has a stockpile of money. Maybe they should look at going into high-tech manufacturing.
Sustaining a Green, Global Business
Suzanne Deffree  
6/6/2014   (7) comments
John Beimfohr, Avnet's senior director of integration operations, shares his expertise on what it takes to be an environmentally conscious organization and the green, financial, and social benefits of doing so.
Infographic: Tracing the Impact of EE
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
6/6/2014   (11) comments
We have electrical engineers to thank for a lot of innovation. What should they design next?
Resilience: A Key Factor in Supply Chain Sustainability
Nick Testa  
6/6/2014   (1) comment
Sustainability that takes a broad look at internal and external factors has the potential to ensuring a successful long-term supply chain strategy.
Circuit Reliability for the Auto Industry
Dina Medhat  
6/5/2014   (2) comments
Let's look at some of the circuit reliability challenges the automotive industry must overcome to meet both industry quality standards and consumers' expectations.
Day-to-Day Facilities Management Saves Big Money in Fab
Mary E. Shacklett  
6/5/2014   (4) comments
As shifts in demand and pricing changes the math on electronic components, organizations need to look closely at fabrication planning.
Why I Prefer to Create My Own PCB Symbols
Aubrey Kagan  
6/4/2014   (6) comments
Aubrey Kagan knows he is old school, but he prefers it when his work looks good, and he feels it adds to the understanding of the circuit.
Supply Chain Agility: Nokia's Supply Chain Management Success
Susan Fourtané  
6/4/2014   (12) comments
Adapting and handling supply chain management disruption strategically is a proven recipe for agility and success.
Smart Watches: A Healthy Opportunity for OEMs
At the Source  
6/4/2014   (2) comments
The smart watches of the near future promise to push the boundaries beyond simple time and data delivery as they move toward being true health trackers.
Transparency at the Cross Dock
Michael B. Lee  
6/4/2014   (2) comments
The cross dock has long been a critical tool for companies in the last mile of the supply chain. But today's increasingly fast-paced, high-complexity environment brings a new set of challenges.
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