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Live Chat 10/16: Applying a Macroeconomic Lens to the Supply Chain
EBN Dialogue  
10/16/2014   Post a comment
Apek Mulay, EBN Blogger and CEO of Mulay's Consultancy Services, brings his expertise in macroeconomics and the US semiconductor industry to bear as we discuss how the decentralization of the electronics supply chain and mass capitalism have the potential to benefit the industry. This approach, he believes, will socio-economic reforms, reduce taxes, and help improve collaboration between businesses. Join us with your thoughts and questions.
Missing Datasheet Details Can Cause Problems
Glen Chenier  
10/1/2014   Post a comment
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   Post a 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   (1) comment
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.
North American PCB Industry Summer Slowdown Continued in August
Latest Research  
9/26/2014   Post a comment
The August findings from the IPC monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program finds that sales and orders were weaker year over year, but the book-to-bill ratio strengthened slightly.
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.
Live Chat 9/25: Minimizing Risk in the Global Supply Chain
EBN Dialogue  
9/25/2014   (168) comments
Dave Bowen, CEO of e-sourcing firm MarketMaker4, will be our guest as we explore ways to minimize and manage geo-political and corporate risk in supply chain and sourcing through the use of technology.
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.
Wearables & IoT Boom Creates Supply Chain Challenges
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/25/2014   (17) comments
A great idea for a new wearable or connected electronics product can die on the vine if designers neglect manufacturability and product availability.
Global Smartphone Shipments to Reach 1.2Bn this year as Economy Smartphone Sales Surge
Latest Research  
9/24/2014   Post a comment
Sub-$150 smartphone sales to drive growth in emerging markets.
Smart Wearables Market to Generate $53bn Hardware Revenues by 2019, Driven by Watches and Glasses
Latest Research  
9/24/2014   Post a comment
Launch of the iWatch expected to galvanize the fledgling new sector.
Slideshow: Vote on Cool Idea Award From Designers of Things
Susan Rambo  
9/24/2014   (7) comments
Check out the interesting innovations up for Proto Labs' Cool Idea! Award at Designers of Things conference in San Francisco.
3D Printers Pursue High Fashion
Rick Merritt  
9/24/2014   (13) comments
Advances in 3D printers hold promise for a clothing and fashion industry stuck in 100-year-old processes, but they still have years of evolution ahead, a Designers of Things event speaker said.
Supply Chain Sustainability: Addressing Transparency in the Metals & Mining Sector
Susan Fourtané  
9/24/2014   (6) comments
Addressing transparency in the metals and mining sector must be a joint effort between supply chains and consumers.
Designing for Wearables: Tremendous Opportunity But Not Without Challenges
Suzanne Deffree  
9/23/2014   (1) comment
The wearables space is wide open and exploding with opportunity, but that does not come without design and sourcing issues -- issues some believe could be alleviated in part by the strength of the maker community and an open-source approach to this segment.
Live Chat 9/25: Leveraging Smart Tech to Manage Risk
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/23/2014   (6) comments
Dave Bowen, CEO of the e-sourcing firm MarketMaker4, will be our guest as we explore ways to minimize and manage geopolitical and corporate risk in supply chain and sourcing through the use of technology.
Sustainable Packaging Goes Mainstream
Frank Cavallaro  
9/23/2014   (15) comments
Consumer demand and corporate commitment have spurred a flood of new innovations in sustainable packaging, taking what was once a novel concept into the mainstream.
Steve Wozniak Reacts to Latest iPhone
Max Maxfield  
9/22/2014   (27) comments
Being presented with his very own iCups communications system certainly brightened Steve Wozniak's day.
The Secret to Buying Electronics Design Services
Michael Allen  
9/22/2014   (6) comments
Using a contract manufacturer's in-house design team, rather than a standalone design firm, can improve both design and manufacturing.
UBM Tech Announces All-New Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) & Expo Event Series for 2015
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9/19/2014   Post a comment
Boston and Minneapolis added to Silicon Valley in lineup of regions hosting the ESC “Embedded Everywhere” USA Conference and Expo in 2015
Consumers Expect Full In-Car Connectivity
Junko Yoshida  
9/19/2014   (9) comments
Drivers worldwide increasingly expect their cars to be "the next connected space," a seamless extension to their already connected homes and offices, according to a global consumer study conducted by GfK.
Infographic: Apple Perfects Global Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/19/2014   (12) comments
The iPhone 6 is more than a just a new product success story. It offers an example of an electronics supply chain that spreads across the globe and has the potential for economic change.
Don't Damage Thin Devices When Testing
Taqi Mohiuddin  
9/18/2014   (2) comments
ICs are easy to damage when performing reliability qualification tests.
Repurposed Systems Present Growth Opportunity
Jim O'Reilly  
9/18/2014   (5) comments
With system performance taking a quantum leap of improvement, while the cloud targets a four-year lifecycle, what happens to the used systems business?
Outsourcing of Testing to Electronic Manufacturing Service Providers Gains Momentum Among OEMs
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9/17/2014   Post a comment
EMS enables cost-effective and complex testing for printed circuit boards and cuts down time-to-market, notes Frost & Sullivan.
ISO 9001:2008 Certification Earned By CollabraTech Solutions LLC
EBN Newswire  
9/16/2014   Post a comment
CollabraTech Solutions, a fully integrated manufacturing solutions provider, was recently awarded an ISO 9001:2008 management system certificate by SRI Quality System Registrar.
Menlo Logistics Opening New Multi-client Warehouse in Ladkrabang, Thailand
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9/16/2014   Post a comment
Menlo Logistics, a subsidiary of Con-way Inc., announced the opening of a state-of-the-art, multi-client warehouse facility in Ladkrabang, Thailand.
IPC News: RAMI Act Passes US House of Representatives
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9/16/2014   Post a comment
The House of Representatives passed the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act, viewed as a critical piece of legislation in America's renewed effort to preserve and recapture manufacturing jobs.
ROW Spells Next Big Thing
Rick Merritt  
9/16/2014   Post a comment
Emerging markets are the next big thing for an electronics industry hungry for growth and innovation both in supply and demand.
Top Procurement Groups Deliver 7x Return on Investment According to Global Procurement Study
Latest Research  
9/16/2014   Post a comment
Only 10 percent of Chief Financial Officers have been engaged successfully and recognize the value and contribution of their procurement team.
A.T. Kearney Offshoring Study Tracks Multinationals’ Innovative Strategies for Location Decisions, Identifies Course Corrections
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9/16/2014   Post a comment
New study examines the trajectory of offshoring cost arbitrage to low-cost developing countries, the rise of new locations, and the fact that there’s ample room for growth.
Is On-Demand Packaging Ready to Take Off?
Frank Cavallaro  
9/16/2014   (5) comments
Only 7% of companies use on-demand packaging, but the search for more cost-efficient solutions in the face of multi-channel distribution should fuel the rapid rise of this new technology.
Thinfilm's Printed Electronics Expand Flextronics' Open Innovation Platform Offering
EBN Newswire  
9/15/2014   Post a comment
Printed electronics technology is established at Flextronics' Silicon Valley innovation labs and engineering centers globally.
Investing in European Electronics
Logical Link  
9/15/2014   (1) comment
The European Union is pushing to build a presence in world electronics. It's a start, but more innovation and effort are still needed.
iPhone Tech Evolves & Thrives: Infographic
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/12/2014   (8) comments
A look at the trajectory of the iPhone shows consistent growth and a track record for innovation. Now, let's talk about how the electronics supply chain will shift along with changes in consumer electronics.
Winged Parcel Delivery: Google's Way
Julien Happich  
9/11/2014   (1) comment
While there is still debate about if legislation would ever allow swarms of commercial drones to fly over our heads, Google recently unveiled some details of its own drone-based delivery project, named Project Wing.
Apple Smart Watch Assault Good News for the Supply Chain
Bruce Gain  
9/11/2014   (1) comment
Consumers are atwitter about the newest product offerings from Apple, but it may be even better news for the electronics supply chain.
Turn the Supply Chain Into an Information Highway
Mathieu Guerville  
9/11/2014   (2) comments
Information is power, but only if it's readily available and usable. To create sustainable products and to improve business results, it's critical to share information across the breadth of the supply chain.
Turning Growing Pains Into Global Gains
Change in the Chain  
9/10/2014   (1) comment
Global initiatives can yield big business benefits, but only if they are done right. Here are a handful of methods for evaluating the potential of new markets.
Automation: the 'Do or Die' of Multi-Channel Distribution
Frank Cavallaro  
9/9/2014   (2) comments
Multi-channel distribution has resulted in increased levels of automation, but issues like implementation costs and the challenge of combining new and old technologies will need to be overcome.
Employees at Apple Supplier Factory at Risk, Report Says
Jessica Lipsky  
9/8/2014   (10) comments
Serious health, safety, environmental, and human rights violations were found at a Suqian, China, factory that has contracts with Apple, Dell, HP, and others, a report from China Labor Watch and Green America says.
Tracing the Future of the Smart Device Market
Ken Neusaenger  
9/8/2014   (16) comments
The consumer electronics market is quickly evolving, with new and better devices hitting the hands of consumers. The semiconductor supply chain has to consider how these shifts will likely hit the high-end OEM customer.
Ten of the Best Supply Chains in Asia Pacific
Latest Research  
9/5/2014   Post a comment
Gartner has published its annual list of leading supply chains in Asia Pacific with ten regional companies making the list.
Corrugated Packaging Getting Consistently Greener
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
9/5/2014   (27) comments
Corrugated materials makers are scoring high in terms of reducing its environmental impact.
Next-Shoring: New Frontier for Manufacturing?
John Paul Williams  
9/4/2014   (6) comments
The speed of manufacturing is accelerating, requiring a combo of nearshoring and unified communications.
A Single Inventory for Both 'Bricks & Clicks'?
Frank Cavallaro  
9/4/2014   (5) comments
In the search for a solution to meet the demands of multi-channel distribution, companies move toward centralized inventories, but challenges remain.
Mean, Lean, Supply Chain Machine
Tam Harbert  
9/3/2014   (5) comments
Lenovo, via acquisition and organic growth, has become one of the biggest players in the supply chain game.
Capturing Meaningful Data: The False Hope of BI
Chanan Greenberg  
9/2/2014   Post a comment
Data sources are too varied in the modern electronics component manufacturer's world to count on reliable intelligence from spot checks. Real-time variations need to be considered.
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   (3) 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.
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.
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.
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   (1) 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?
Local Distributors Take a Bigger Slice of the Pie in China
Bruce Gain  
8/14/2014   (5) 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   (2) comments
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.
Delivering the EMS Goods
Jake Kulp  
8/8/2014   (5) comments
Here's how a mid-tier EMS provider can thrive in today’s competitive marketplace.
What's Next? Semiconductor Leaders Speak, Part 5
Apek Mulay  
8/6/2014   (5) 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   (2) comments
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   (17) 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   (26) comments
The US can turn a hobby into real economic power if the country starts using 3D on an industrial scale.
What's Next? Semiconductor Leaders Speak, Part 4
Apek Mulay  
7/31/2014   (2) comments
Industry trends invariably affect the semiconductor industry -- but a macroeconomic lens puts things in a new perspective.
Multidimensional Effective 3D-IC Cost Management
David Park  
7/30/2014   (4) comments
Here are the best ways to evaluate yields and quantities across global virtual supply chains.
Skin-Like Stretchable Electronics Start With Molecules
Laurie Sullivan  
7/29/2014   (23) comments
Thin, stretchable electronic components may be only a decade away, according to researchers.
Dassault Systèmes to Acquire Quintiq
EBN Newswire  
7/24/2014   (1) comment
Extends 3DEXPERIENCE platform to global business operations planning
What Buyers Must Know About PCB Surface Finishes
Michael Allen  
7/21/2014   (4) comments
Buyers should consider the impact of board finish selection on PCB assembly yields, labor costs, and quality, not just BOM cost.
What's Next? Semiconductor Leaders Speak, Part 2
Apek Mulay  
7/18/2014   (5) comments
Semiconductor leaders speak to the future of the semiconductor industry, calling for collaboration and innovation.
Laying Down the Law Against Counterfeiters
Bruce Gain  
7/17/2014   (4) comments
The use of new harsher penalties for trafficking in counterfeit technology for military use shows the feds are serious about a crackdown.
Streamlining the Supply Chain With PIM
Jennifer Krizanek  
7/16/2014   (3) comments
Product Information Management systems can go a long way toward greasing the wheels of a global distribution system.
Consistency Concerns Loom Larger as Chips Get Smaller
Mary E. Shacklett  
7/15/2014   (4) comments
The demand for increasingly smaller devices drives the innovation in designing smaller processors. But at that small a scale, consistent performance can be tough to achieve.
3D Printing Might Bring Manufacturing Back to Canada
Ariella Brown  
7/11/2014   (25) comments
The key isn't to see it as a replacement for traditional manufacturing, but as a vital new adjunct.
Master Data Management: Key to Creating a Data-Driven Organization
Jennifer Krizanek  
7/10/2014   (7) comments
Speed and flexibility are vital to a manufacturer these days, and information helps drive those to areas to be most effective.
What's Next? Semiconductor Leaders Speak, Part 1
Apek Mulay  
7/9/2014   (10) comments
We're looking at what leaders at top semiconductor industry veterans see on the horizon for the industry -- and discussing it with a macro-economic lens.
Panasonic to Make 14nm SoCs at Intel
Rick Merritt  
7/8/2014   (2) comments
Panasonic is joining several other companies that are taking advantage of Intel’s fabs to manufacture chips. It’s part of a broader initiative within Intel to help the business grow.
Distributors Hit the Designer/DIY Flashpoint
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/7/2014   (11) comments
The line between the Do-It-Yourselfer (DIY) and the true electronics designer is being blurred. Innovation is coming from all over. We wanted to know if the distribution community is ready.
Procurement Skills Increasingly Critical to Supply Chain
At the Source  
7/2/2014   (6) comments
Increasingly, purchasing is becoming an even more strategic part of supply chain activities. It can make the profession challenging, but the potential benefits are clear.
The Benefits of Supply Chain Sustainability
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/1/2014   (2) comments
Supply chain sustainability leads to clear benefits to the organization, not only from an environmental perspective, but also in terms of reduced costs and increased customer benefits. However, to reap these benefits, organizations need to make a concerted effort to disseminate the vision throughout the organization.
Multi-Channel Distribution: Can You Handle It?
Frank Cavallaro  
7/1/2014   (5) comments
Distributors and manufacturers are grappling with the increasingly complex nature of the rapidly changing environment of multi-channel distribution.
IPC's 'Meet the Policymakers' Program Hosts Congressional Visits From Coast to Coast
EBN Newswire  
6/30/2014   Post a comment
IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries co-hosted congressional visits to Optimum Design Associates and JPS Industries.
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.
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.
Entry Deadline Nears for 'Create the Future' Design Contest
EBN Newswire  
6/27/2014   Post a comment
Mouser Electronics reminds engineers and students worldwide to hurry and send in their entries for the Create the Future Design Contest
Electronics Growth Positive Around the World
Latest Research  
6/26/2014   Post a comment
Electronics production growth has turned positive in 2014 for all key geographic regions. The graph below shows three-month-average change versus a year ago for electronics production in local currency through April 2014.
European e-Invoicing Service Providers Processed More than 800 Million e-Invoices, EESPA Says
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6/26/2014   Post a comment
840 million electronic invoices were processed and delivered to invoice receivers in 2013 by members of the European E-Invoicing Service Providers Association (EESPA), based on a set of survey results completed in June 2014.
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.
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.
GreenPeak Posts New 'Small Data Versus Big Data' White Paper
EBN Newswire  
6/24/2014   Post a comment
GreenPeak Technologies has created a white paper that details how tiny bits of information collected from billions of devices will create a repository of information that will transform lives and generate new business sectors.
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.
Live Chat 6/23: Smart Homes & Semiconductors
EBN Dialogue  
6/23/2014   (183) 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 impact the electronics industry.
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.
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.
INSIGHT Poised to Help Companies Meet Sustainability Goals
EBN Newswire  
6/19/2014   Post a comment
INSIGHT, provider of planning solutions, announces it is specially poised to help companies meet their supply chain sustainability goals
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.




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Live Chat 9/25: Minimizing Risk in the Global Supply Chain
Dave Bowen, CEO of e-sourcing firm MarketMaker4, will be our guest as we explore ways to minimize and manage geo-political and corporate risk in supply chain and sourcing through the use of technology.
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