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10 Military Robots of the Future
Elizabeth Montalbano  
5/27/2016   Post a comment
These futuristic military robots will help soldiers and other military personnel better perform their duties.
Digitization Tops the List of Supply Chain Priorities
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/27/2016   Post a comment
Most organizations are focused on leveraging advanced technologies, such as the Internet of Things and big data, to create a quicker and more agile supply chain.
Capturing Passion in the Supply Chain Profession
Puga Sankara  
5/27/2016   Post a comment
Are you a passionate supply chain professional? If so, there are ways to instill passion in the job you do.
'French Steve Jobs' & His Teacherless School
Junko Yoshida  
5/26/2016   Post a comment
The shortage of skilled software engineers is real globally. It took a French billionaire to develop a blueprint for the “school of the future.”
Amazon’s Air Freight Business: Implications for Shippers & Carriers
Scott Nelson  
5/26/2016   Post a comment
When Amazon does something, people sit up and take notice. Now, Amazon is taking aim at logistics services. Here's a look at the implications of that.
Cyber Risk Regulation: Unlocking the Mystery of its Effects on the Supply Chain
Pamela Passman  
5/26/2016   Post a comment
Organizations are facing a rising tide of cybersecurity regulation, but there are ways to effectively navigate the requirements.
3 Ways to Supercharge Operational Performance
Malysa O'Connor  
5/25/2016   Post a comment
To sustain profitability in the supply chain, it’s imperative to implement processes designed to meet the needs of your customers.
Understanding the Growing Rift between Procurement & Marketing
Somdipto Ghosh  
5/25/2016   Post a comment
The reason for discomfort (and hence the debate) between procurement and marketing arises due to a lack of understanding of each other’s roles.
Use Supply Chain to Predict Consumer Demand
Jesse Laver  
5/24/2016   Post a comment
The next phase in supply chain management involves shifting to proactive management by taking a “big data” approach to consumer demand in which the supply chain plays a pivotal role.
Next Wave Mobile Arrives & Benefits Supply Chain Bottom Line
Sean Mulroy  
5/24/2016   Post a comment
Reverse logistics will be the revenue-driving mechanism that will make leasing prosper and be the next wave in mobile. In order for leasing to catch on, all parties involved need to trust its value.
Google’s Daydream is Silicon Reality
Rick Merritt  
5/23/2016   Post a comment
A Qualcomm graphics expert gave insight into work on mobile virtual reality in Android that is about to emerge from the lab.
Graphics Rivals in Epic Battle
Rick Merritt  
5/20/2016   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices and Nvidia go head-to-head this year in a rare battle of new GPUs, memory types and processes, says a veteran scorekeeper.
Designing User-Friendly Systems: Not as Easy as It Sounds
Puga Sankara  
5/20/2016   Post a comment
Too often, IT gets sidetracked by feature-rich and dazzling technologies. Users, on the other hand, just want to get their jobs done--and they are best suited to deciding what features are helpful and which are not.
More Game-Changers in the World of 3D Printing
Ann R. Thryft  
5/19/2016   Post a comment
HP's industry-changing 3D printing announcement for commercial-scale end-production wasn't the only news of note at RAPID 2016 this week. Here are six more game-changing software and hardware news items, plus some videos explaining HP's technology.
Navigating the Upcoming Maelstrom of Data-Filled Used Products
Irv Grossman  
5/19/2016   Post a comment
The Internet of Things is set to explode. In this new era, OEMs are going to be faced with managing reverse logistics for more different products than ever before.
Nokia's Brand Goes to Startup With $500 Million Plan
Peter Clarke  
5/18/2016   Post a comment
A startup, formed to takeover the Nokia brand for mobile phones and tablet computers, said it intends to spend $500 million marketing Nokia as an Android-based mobile device over the next three years.
prpl Security Group & Imperas Address IoT Security Challenges via Multi-Domain Virtualization
The prpl Palette  
5/18/2016   Post a comment
Imperas is supporting the definition of a new open security framework for deploying secured and authenticated virtualized services in the Internet of Things (IoT) and related emerging markets.
Is the Mid-Range Smartphone a Compromise?
Jim McGregor  
5/17/2016   Post a comment
What level phone should you buy if mid-range phones now sport premium-level features? A thorough testing and comparison of Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy A9, and Huawei Mate 8 may surprise you.
Pay-Per-Use IoT Brings Monetization Opportunities to Electronics
Mary E. Shacklett  
5/17/2016   Post a comment
IoT devices inevitably contain electronic content, and in many emerging use cases, they present monetization opportunities for electronics companies willing provide services related to IoT-driven data.
Environmental Compliance: Streamlining the Regulatory Process for Manufacturers
Chuck Cimalore  
5/17/2016   Post a comment
Manufacturers must comply with a multitude of regulations that can have a major impact on their business processes and success. Good practices are key to success.
What Apple Gains by Sinking $1B into Didi
Junko Yoshida  
5/16/2016   (1) comment
Apple’s $1 billion investment in China’s leading ride-hailing service company Didi Chuxing is surprising but it makes one thing clear: “It tips Apple’s hand. Apple is developing driverless cars,” said an analyst.
The Disruptor of My Disruptor is My Friend
Phillip Diao  
5/16/2016   (1) comment
It's time for retailers to get wiser about the ways that they are working to weather the supply chain storms for the next decade and beyond.
Diamond ICs May Finally Debut
R. Colin Johnson  
5/13/2016   Post a comment
Akhan Semiconductor Inc. is licensing a diamond semiconductor process from Argonne National Laboratory, which the company plans to use first for power transistors and eventually for semiconductor chips such as ultra-low-power high-speed processors.
Terrorism & Oil Prices Impact Global Supply Chain Resilience
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/13/2016   Post a comment
Released earlier this week, the 2016 FM Global Resilience Index ranks of countries’ business resilience to supply chain disruption.
Google Alphabet’s Boston Dynamics on the Block
Puga Sankara  
5/13/2016   Post a comment
Automation has recently become the Holy Grail in many businesses including electronics manufacturing. It may be time to slow down and consider the ramifications of these new technologies. It may not be the panacea we think it is.
DoD Reorgs Silicon Valley Outpost
Rick Merritt  
5/12/2016   Post a comment
U.S. Defense Secretary named a slate of tech execs from companies such as Apple and Google to help lead his Silicon Valley outpost, DIUx.
3 Keys to Controlling Quality in Offshore Electronics Manufacturing
Thomas Smiley  
5/12/2016   Post a comment
In dealing with electronics offshoring, customers often feel that they can't control product quality. However, you do have more control than you might think.
NXP Takes Auto Chip Vendor Crown
Peter Clarke  
5/11/2016   Post a comment
Following its takeover of Freescale, NXP Semiconductor has been declared the leading automotive chip vendor for 2015 by market research firm Strategy Analytics.
Preparing for the Evolving Cybersecurity Landscape
Pamela Passman  
5/11/2016   Post a comment
The cyber risk landscape is evolving and companies need to prepare in specific ways for a more connected and complex environment.
Cyber Attacks Increase in Danger
Rob Spiegel  
5/10/2016   Post a comment
Cybersecurity is getting to be a greater issue as attackers become better organized and more dangerous.
Container Carriers ‘Unhinged’ from World’s Supply Chain
B. Cameron Gain  
5/10/2016   (1) comment
Instead of adding capacity, container carriers should be working together to find long-term solutions to the industry-wide capacity glut conundrum.
Holding off the Hedge: One CEO's Story
Junko Yoshida  
5/9/2016   Post a comment
Although the Marvell and IDT’s circumstances at the time of Starboard’s attacks greatly differ, separating the two is the human factor. Ted Tewksbury, who was IDT’s CEO in 2012, played a crucial role by staying on at IDT.
EBN@C-Level: A Conversation About the Shifting Supply Chain World with ON Semiconductor's Brent Wilson
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/9/2016   Post a comment
EBN sat down with Brent Wilson, senior vice president, Global Supply Chain Operations and Procurement at ON Semiconductor to talk about the evolution of the company's supply chain strategy.
7 Creative Ways to Convey the Value of Environment, Health & Safety to Tech Execs
Pamela J. Gordon  
5/9/2016   Post a comment
Here's some hard won wisdom from EHS and sustainability managers working at world’s largest tech companies about getting leadership on board with environmental, health and safety compliance.
Battery-Free IoT Computing Platform Draws Energy from Air
Elizabeth Montalbano  
5/6/2016   Post a comment
Electrical engineers from the University of Washington and Delft University of Technology have developed a new type of sensor-based platform that harvests energy from radio waves for electricity.
Embracing the Digital Enterprise
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
5/6/2016   Post a comment
The capabilities of the digital enterprise are remaking the way that electronics OEMs are designing, building, and transporting products.
Technology or Process: Find the Shortest Road to Efficiency & Productivity
Puga Sankara  
5/6/2016   Post a comment
Supply chain managers need to be very careful when evaluating new tools and technology to deploy in their supply chain.
Will Intel's Drone Chips Fly?
Junko Yoshida  
5/5/2016   Post a comment
Something about Intel’s drone efforts reminds me of Intel’s past stumbles in the mobile SoC market. Is Intel flying into the drone market from the wrong angle?
3 Trends Shaping Supply Chain Tech This Year
Scott Slinker  
5/5/2016   Post a comment
The right technology can make or break a supply chain. Here's a look at some of the biggest tech trends that OEMs can expect.
Expanding Business Models of Contract Manufacturers Improve OEM Profitability
Gelston Howell  
5/5/2016   Post a comment
Smart OEMs find that there are a variety of business benefits to collaborating with an integrated manufacturing solutions partner.
$40B Power Management Market Ripe for Innovation
Patrick Mannion  
5/4/2016   (1) comment
Incumbent suppliers of power-management ICs have an opportunity to greatly improve efficiency and integration, or lose market to rising stars.
Counting the Hidden Costs of Off Shoring
Thomas Smiley  
5/4/2016   (1) comment
Sending a product offshore for manufacture can offer a huge upside, but also presents some very real risks. Hidden costs can be the biggest potential pitfall.
Microchip, Micrel CEOs Duel Over Deal
Rick Merritt  
5/3/2016   Post a comment
Micrel and Microchip CEOs came to loggerheads over the extent of layoffs after a recent acquisition.
Disney Extends the Magic in the Kingdom with IoT
TechMergers  
5/3/2016   (1) comment
Disney's Magic Band, a $1 billion undertaking, offers great real-world example of how a company can use IoT to both grow revenue and increase efficiency.
From Federated Solutions to Multipolar Markets: Reframing the Global Electronics Supply Chain
Lisa Ann Cairns  
5/3/2016   Post a comment
The rise in federated ecosystems and multipolar markets is rooted in rapid urbanization, which, in turn, is reshaping the global supply chain.
Intel to Exit Mobile SoC Business
Junko Yoshida  
5/2/2016   Post a comment
As it proceeds with a massive restructuring plan announced earlier this month, Intel will exit the smartphone and tablet mobile SoC business by ending its struggling Atom chip product line. Intel is likely to keep its modem team.
Spring Cleaning: 6 Ways to Refresh Your Supply Chain Operations
Steve Rice  
5/2/2016   Post a comment
Here are a few tips and strategies for “cleaning house” to achieve greater end-to-end supply chain visibility, drive operational efficiencies, and increase customer loyalty.
ePaper Makes Inroads into Smart Packaging
Hui Lee  
5/2/2016   (1) comment
. Smart packaging is a growing market segment and new waves of innovative technologies are enabling exciting developments in this traditionally low-tech market.
Indian Fabs, the Free Market and Central Planning
Peter Clarke  
4/29/2016   Post a comment
Over the next year there will be an interesting test of two opposites in political thinking applied to the creation of wafer fabs.
Amazon: the Next Big Electronics Supply Chain Gorilla?
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/29/2016   Post a comment
Will Amazon be a boon or a blight to the electronics industry? Does this e-commerce gorilla make you feel concerned?
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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.