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Posts posted in August 2014
Infographic: Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain Through 2014
Rodney Brown  
8/29/2014   (14) comments
While there are many takeaways from this KPMG infographic, the main one could be: Stay flexible as the rate of innovation in supply chain and manufacturing continues to grow.
Brazil's Path to Hardware Manufacturing at Home
Karen Field  
8/28/2014   (2) comments
In Brazil, there are many barriers to manufacturing computer hardware within the country. Here’s how some engineers are trying to change government policies.
Designing for That 3D Printer
Jim O'Reilly  
8/28/2014   (18) comments
A look at some tools that are making 3D printing easier.
Outsourcing Mistakes: 4 Errors Companies Make
Shane O'Neill  
8/27/2014   (11) comments
Here's a look at the control freaks, blame games, and other misguided steps companies take when they attempt to build a better business through IT outsourcing.
Lean Thinking for Sustainable Supply Chains
Ariella Brown  
8/27/2014   (12) comments
Productivity expert has some surprising takes on how the global supply chain affects your efforts to be a sustainable business.
Google Glass & Lookalikes Find Niches
R. Colin Johnson  
8/26/2014   (18) comments
Head-mounted displays such as Google Glass are interesting technologies, but what about real-world applications? A new offering from Thalmic Labs might hold the key.
Arrow's Parts Platform, One Year In
Jim Ricciardelli  
8/26/2014   Post a comment
Lessons learned from the first year of the industry's first lifecycle services platform.
Will iPhone 6 Production Problems Hurt Availability?
Eric Zeman  
8/25/2014   (4) comments
Last-minute changes to the display have manufacturers scampering to meet quotas. We've heard this story before.
The Road to Data Maturity for Supply Chain Resilience
Susan Fourtané  
8/25/2014   (6) comments
Gene Long of Chainalytics shares with EBN his expertise in supply chain resilience and how predictive analytics helps mitigate risk.
The Internet of Things: Revolution or Anarchy?
Tam Harbert  
8/22/2014   (3) comments
While there are wildly differing predictions about how many "things" will be connected to the Internet, all of them say it will be an enormous number.
Infineon Buys International Rectifier for $3B
Junko Yoshida  
8/21/2014   (2) comments
Infineon is buying International Rectifier for about $3 billion in cash, which will help the German chip company in its push toward leadership in the power semiconductor market.
Future Growth Facing the Consumer Electronics Industry
Susan Fourtané  
8/21/2014   (40) comments
The consumer electronics industry can expect increasing growth toward 2015 with focus on segments such as entertainment and healthcare.
So Much Work, So Little Time for Engineers
Karen Field  
8/20/2014   (3) comments
For years, electrical engineers have helped build technologies that increase productivity. So, why do so many engineers report that they don’t have enough time for projects?
Executives Ponder Shifting Supply Chain & Logistics Practices
Logical Link  
8/20/2014   (1) comment
Supply chain complexity has led to many executives reevaluating how they handle the supply chain and what value they get from which practices and procedures.
Technology in the Engineering Classroom
Ben Zimmer  
8/19/2014   (6) comments
For engineering departments, there’s an overwhelming need to prepare students for the real world, but outfitting classrooms with the latest technology is expensive. What should universities do?
Currency in the Future of the Supply Chain
Ariella Brown  
8/19/2014   (21) comments
Bitcoin and possible future virtual currencies have the potential to make global supply chain transactions easier.
Internet of Things Security Reaches Tipping Point
Kelly Jackson Higgins  
8/18/2014   (4) comments
Public safety issues bubble to the top in security flaw revelations.
Global 3D Printing Growth Will Change Manufacturing
Susan Fourtané  
8/18/2014   (33) comments
The growth of the additive manufacturing sector from 2008 to 2023 implies great changes in the global supply chain and manufacturing.
The Limits of Moore's Law Limits
R. Colin Johnson  
8/15/2014   Post a comment
It’s a debate that electrical engineers have been arguing for a long time: When will Moore’s Law end? However, who says it will end?
Supply Chain Risk Management: Vital Growth Tool
Mark Pearson  
8/15/2014   (2) comments
Accenture asked executives about supply chain risk, and not surprisingly a large majority of them consider it a top priority.
Intel Strengthens Servers With Avago Networking Buy
Jessica Lipsky  
8/14/2014   Post a comment
Chip giant Intel is looking to expand its networking portfolio by buying up LSI's Axxia division for $650 million.
Local Distributors Take a Bigger Slice of the Pie in China
B. Cameron Gain  
8/14/2014   (4) comments
While the majority of components used in Chinese electronics assembly plants come from outside the country, the trend is moving toward locally sourced parts.
What's Next? Semiconductor Leaders Speak, Part 6
Apek Mulay  
8/13/2014   (1) comment
Semiwiki writers weigh in with their thoughts on the future of the semiconductor industry.
Intel Outlines 14nm, Broadwell
Rick Merritt  
8/12/2014   (1) comment
This week, Intel offered new details on its 14nm manufacturing process, as well as a look at its Broadwell processor, the first CPU that is being built on that process.
What Is American Made & Why It Matters
John Ciangiulli  
8/12/2014   (21) comments
There is a pretty clear-cut definition to the term American made. There are compelling reasons to use it, as long as it is used correctly.
IBM Puts Brain On-a-Chip
R. Colin Johnson  
8/11/2014   (16) comments
IBM has announced another breakthrough with its SyNAPSE project. The latest chip offers 1 million artificial neurons and 256 million synapses for storage.
VMI: A Thing of the Past or Still Relevant?
Logical Link  
8/11/2014   (4) comments
Vendor-managed inventory has proven itself as a way to save manufacturers time and money. But is it still vital in today's cloud-based world?
Delivering the EMS Goods
Jake Kulp  
8/8/2014   (4) comments
Here's how a mid-tier EMS provider can thrive in today’s competitive marketplace.
Woz Riffs on Watches, Engineering
Rick Merritt  
8/7/2014   (5) comments
The Apple co-founder and overall tech guru offered up his thoughts on the current state of smartwatches, IoT, and engineering, at this week’s Flash Memory Summit.
Increased Demand for Customized Sourcing Management
Megan Pedigo  
8/7/2014   (2) comments
Managing your company's supply chain is increasingly vital in today's lean manufacturing environment.
Supply Chain Security: 5 Important Steps
Robert Lemos  
8/6/2014   (4) comments
The integrity of enterprise data is only as strong as your most vulnerable third-party supplier or business partner. It's time to shore up these connection points.
What's Next? Semiconductor Leaders Speak, Part 5
Apek Mulay  
8/6/2014   (3) comments
The level of competition is on the rise, but there's little consensus on the best way to proceed.
New Fujitsu-Panasonic Co.: 6 Things Left Unsaid
Junko Yoshida  
8/5/2014   (1) comment
The agreement among Fujitsu, Panasonic, and the Development Bank of Japan has marked a sea change in how the Japanese electronics industry works. However, there’s more to deal.
China's Plans For Ruling Chip Production
At the Source  
8/5/2014   (13) comments
Tax support, credit products, and investment funding sources all read like plays from the capitalist West's playbook.
3D Manufacturing: New Weapon for the US Economy
Samir Shah  
8/4/2014   (19) comments
The US can turn a hobby into real economic power if the country starts using 3D on an industrial scale.
Centers of Excellence Drive Supply Chain Transformation, Part 2
Rich Becks  
8/4/2014   (6) comments
The most effective way to improve your supply chain is to establish centers of excellence that help executives become the leaders they need to be to move the supply chain into the future.
6 Things to Expect at Flash Summit
Rick Merritt  
8/1/2014   (9) comments
The annual Flash Memory Summit, which kicks off August 5, is expected to give new insight into the NAND flash memory industry and what the trends are for the next 12 months. Here’s a quick preview.
Google Set to Kick-Start the Driverless Car Supply Chain
B. Cameron Gain  
8/1/2014   (27) comments
Not satisfied with just doing the tech research, Google is backing industry groups and promotional efforts to get driverless cars adopted sooner rather than later.




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EBN Dialogue enables you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Open to the entire EBN community of electronics supply chain experts, these conversations see ideas shared, comments made, and questions asked and answered in real time. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats. Stay tuned and join in!
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Live Chat 01/15: CPOs Re-Shape Their Business Roles
Increasingly chief procurement officers (CPOs) are re-shaping their organizational role to focus on creating results far beyond cost controls. A new IBM survey explores how.
Live Chat 11/12: Examining the Cyberthreat to Supply Chains
The number of cyberattacks is on the rise and hackers are targeting the supply chain. Drew Smith, founder and CEO of InfoArmor, will be on hand to discuss the reality of today's threat landscape and what to do about it.