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Halloween DIY: 6 Projects You Can Build Now
Caleb Kraft  
10/31/2014   Post a comment
Raspberry Pi and other boards make Halloween DIY accessible to the electronics tinkerer. Here are six projects you can build now.
Spooky Spending: The Halloween Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/31/2014   (8) comments
Halloween may not be a big day for the electronics industry in general, but getting the critical Halloween essentials into the hands of consumers offers an example of an well-run supply chain.
Scaling Social Media Programs to Maximize Value: What Procurement Professionals Need to Know
Peter Friedman  
10/30/2014   (5) comments
Social media is becoming a critical tool for businesses, but these organizations may need some professional help getting started.
Battery Progress Reality Check: Good & Bad News
Bill Schweber  
10/29/2014   (18) comments
A balanced assessment of battery tech shows solid progress is being made but no real breakthroughs are imminent.
Live Chat 10/30: 10 Metrics to Improve Procurement Performance
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/29/2014   (2) comments
Richard Waugh, vice president of corporate development at Zycus, will join us to discuss the 10 most important procurement performance metrics, from the old standards to new and emerging best-practices.
Becoming a Supply Chain to Admire
Logical Link  
10/29/2014   (13) comments
Take a look at the most admired supply chains in the world to get some best practices that might make your own supply chain stand out from the crowd.
Are Today's Designs Bound by the Constraints of Yesteryear?
Max Maxfield  
10/28/2014   (3) comments
Are there instances of the way in which we design things today being bound by the constraints of yesteryear?
5 Tips for a Streamlined Supply Chain
Jennifer Bosavage  
10/28/2014   (8) comments
Smart and successful supply chains are leveraging a few strategies that allow organizations to get their supply chain to provide high quality for the lowest cost and to collaborate more effectively.
The IoT Ecosystem Meets the Supply Chain
Art Swift  
10/27/2014   (2) comments
The explosion of the Internet of Things market will change the business climate for semiconductor firms and OEMs alike.
Component Makers Caught in Apple's Revolving Door of Suppliers
At the Source  
10/27/2014   (12) comments
Getting on the supply chain roster for an Apple product may seem like a dream come true. For some suppliers, though, design changes and product shifts may spell bad news for the company.
TI’s Rosy Outlook Defies Microchip's Gloom
Junko Yoshida  
10/24/2014   Post a comment
TI reported third-quarter results above expectations, indicating no industry corrections in sight. The solid results came 10 days after Microchip made a downward revision in its revenue forecast.
Infographic: Electronics Consumers Excited by New Tech
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/24/2014   (1) comment
Tablets, smartphones, and laptops are technology table stakes for most American consumers -- so let the buying continue. A recent survey traces plans and wishes for electronic toys.
You Might Not Be a Good Agency Client If ...
Savvy Tech Marketing  
10/24/2014   (8) comments
Part of good PR efforts is being a good client. Here are some behaviors that will get you fired by your own PR representative.
Reflections on Autonomy & Anonymity (of Cars & People)
Blaine Bateman  
10/23/2014   (9) comments
Inter-car connectivity is bound to skyrocket, but will your privacy prevail?
Wireless Tech & the New Wave of Wearables
Christian DeFeo  
10/23/2014   (10) comments
Watches are just the tip of the iceberg with the explosion of the Internet of Things. Wireless technology and smart design will be a critical part of that growth.
SSD Changes Storage Buying Patterns
Jim O'Reilly  
10/23/2014   (2) comments
Users are tired of expensive storage. The cloud is driving open source, COTS hardware, and a new attitude.
Weird Components
Michael Dunn  
10/22/2014   Post a comment
What weird components are in your junk box?
Meet the New Breed of Independent Distributor
World Micro Scope  
10/22/2014   Post a comment
The independent distributor is bringing more diverse services and offerings to customers. This new breed of distributor is making a new role for itself with OEMs and CMs.
Data Overload: The Challenge of Managing Supply Chain Analytics
Frank Cavallaro  
10/21/2014   (2) comments
Companies know supply chain analytics can yield great insights, but many question how to make sense of the deluge of data.
SaaS Eases Supply Chain Pains
Mary E. Shacklett  
10/20/2014   (2) comments
SaaS comes to the rescue of the global supply chain.
Expanding the Supply Chain's Horizon
Susan Fourtané  
10/20/2014   (13) comments
Staying competitive in today's dynamic business environment requires a robust supply chain and market expansion.
The Other Tesla
David Blaza  
10/17/2014   (7) comments
This Indiegogo fundraiser is for a Tesla museum in the inventor's decaying lab in Shoreham, N.Y.
Infographic: Fake Electronics Fool Consumers
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/17/2014   (18) comments
As much as we talk about the reality of counterfeit electronic components, the problem of counterfeit electronics goods is equally problematic.
Running the Life & Death Race of High-Tech Marketing
Savvy Tech Marketing  
10/17/2014   (5) comments
Wake-up call: Marketing isn't a leisurely walk in park, even if you are dominant in your market sector. There are competing brands in a hurry to grab your business.
China Leads the Charge Into Ultra HDTV -- Really?
Jonah McLeod  
10/16/2014   (10) comments
What's driving the rampant hyperbole over the size and growth of the Ultra HDTV market? Market analysts' answers range from China's growing affluent consumer base to the pricing strategies of consumer electronic giants pushing the next wave of product on to eager consumers worldwide.
Slideshow: Top 10 Graduate Supply Chain Programs
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/16/2014   (11) comments
For those who want to advance a supply chain career, the academic world offers a wealth of opportunities in continuing education, from a certificate in supply chain management to a Master's degree or Doctorate. Gartner's research identifies the leading programs.
Biology, Deceit & Security in the Internet of Things
Bernard Murphy  
10/15/2014   (4) comments
Biology-inspired and deceit-based strategies offer new ways to think about defense against Internet of Things (IoT) "pathogens" at a system-level.
UL Supports OEMs in Conflict Mineral Reporting Efforts
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/15/2014   (9) comments
A new offering from UL's Information & Insights (I&I) division hopes to help the industry streamline reporting while increasing compliance around conflict minerals.
Mexico Is the New Detroit?
Carolyn Mathas  
10/14/2014   (7) comments
Carolyn Mathas recently noticed an article calling Mexico the new Detroit. Hmmm.
US Manufacturing Revival: Smoke & Mirrors or Something Real?
Logical Link  
10/14/2014   (5) comments
There have been glimmers of good news for the US electronics manufacturing sector. The real question remains: How will the year end up?
3D-Printed Instruments Used in Live Concert
Amy Norcross  
10/13/2014   (8) comments
A professor from Lund University in Sweden "brought the band back together" and hosted a first-of-its-kind concert using only instruments he created with a 3D printer.
Examining the iPhone 6 Supplier Hit Parade
Bruce Gain  
10/13/2014   (3) comments
Apple's component procurement strategy shows a tendency to stick with known and trusted suppliers, with a few new ones thrown in for good measure.
Despite 'D' Disappointment, Tesla Still Matters
Junko Yoshida  
10/10/2014   (19) comments
The long, speculation-drenched week that followed Elon Musk’s “unveil the D” tweet is finally over. Tesla Motors Thursday night announced an all-wheel-drive (awd) Model S with semi-autopilot features.
Infographic: Startups in the High-Tech Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/10/2014   (8) comments
High-tech startups are critical to the electronics supply chain for innovation and flexibility. Organizations need to look closely at the reality of working with these emerging firms.
What to Do When the Only Constant Is Change
Debra N. Eggeman  
10/10/2014   (2) comments
Manufacturers can look toward industry organizations for help in identifying trusted partners.
Risky Business: 3 Strategies to Keep Your High-Tech Supply Chain Safe From Disruption
Change in the Chain  
10/9/2014   (6) comments
Smart OEMs are finding ways to streamline their supply chain operations to meet market demands, reduce costs, and become more customer-centric.
Cheap Solar Absorbs Entire Spectrum
R. Colin Johnson  
10/8/2014   (8) comments
Two-step process first absorbs entire spectrum of light from the sun then reradiates it in the infrared spectrum where conventional photovoltaics can turn it into electricity.
Semiwiki Bloggers Misinformed About Foundry Business
Apek Mulay  
10/8/2014   (16) comments
The fabless foundry model, which may make economic sense for many semiconductor manufacturers, may have negative ramifications for the US economy.
Myo: More Muscle for Wearables?
Thomas Claburn  
10/7/2014   (3) comments
Myo armband aspires to become the mouse of the mobile world, but it has a way to go to get there.
Warehouse Energy Savings: Boosting Your Bottom Line
Frank Cavallaro  
10/7/2014   (5) comments
Sustainable design for warehouses and distribution centers has become the norm and one of the most effective tools to boost the bottom line.
Slideshow: Top 10 Undergrad Supply Chain Programs
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/6/2014   (6) comments
Supply chain management may not be the first thought of newly minted college freshmen, but it's a promising field, and there are plenty of excellent programs out there. Here's a look at the cream of the crop.
Infographic: Past, Present, & Future of IoT
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/3/2014   (11) comments
The Internet of Things is set to grow at an astonishing pace. Is the supply chain ready to support the increased demand?
Missing Datasheet Details Can Cause Problems
Glen Chenier  
10/1/2014   (3) comments
A lack of information on a datasheet lead to system crashes from a hot-swap controller.
3 Keys to Successful Supply Chain: Collaboration, Big Data & Sustainability
Donna Fritz  
10/1/2014   (1) comment
Smart midmarket OEMs are leveraging collaboration, big data, and green/sustainable supply chains to ensure the best results.
Taking the Doom Out of the Supply Chain Talent Gap
Frank Cavallaro  
9/30/2014   (2) comments
For all the doom and gloom surrounding the supply chain talent shortage, there has hardly been a better time to be a college graduate or self-motivated professional in this industry.
New Common Parts Library Supports Connected Device Design
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/29/2014   (4) comments
Octopart is developing a living library of readily available, commonly used parts for designers who want to ease supply chain headaches when it comes time to build their connected devices.
Averting a Repeat Supply Chain Disruption at West Coast Ports
Logical Link  
9/29/2014   (4) comments
Although not likely, a threat of shutdown in West Coast ports should get supply chain pros thinking about how to manage if such a thing were to happen.
10 Top Video Parodies on User Interfaces
Max Maxfield  
9/26/2014   (13) comments
There have been some interesting videos of user interface parodies over the years -- some that are old chestnuts, some that deserve to be called classics, and some that have only recently appeared on the scene.
Infographic: Emerging Market Growth Depends on Smart Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/26/2014   (25) comments
Emerging markets can be a lucrative target for electronics OEMs, but it's critical to put strong supply chain practices in place to capture the best results.
New Age Procurement Metrics for the CPO’s Dashboard
Diptarup Chakraborti  
9/25/2014   (8) comments
Today's procurement software lets organizations collect more data than ever before. Increasingly, the chief procurement officer needs to focus on the most important metrics to make good buying decisions.
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