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NXP Sells Stake in China Foundry ASMC
Dylan McGrath  
4/21/2017   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors NV said Wednesday (April 19) it sold its 27% remaining stake in Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. Ltd. (ASMC), a chip foundry based in China.
New ISA Book Calls for Greater Commitment by Manufacturers & Automation Suppliers to Capitalize on Industrial Technology
EBN Newswire  
4/21/2017   Post a comment
The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces it has published a new book that encourages both manufacturers and automation suppliers to better capitalize on fast-emerging innovations in industrial technology.
Avnet & Xilinx Expand Global Channel Relationship
EBN Newswire  
4/21/2017   Post a comment
Avnet and Xilinx announced a renewed commitment to their successful Primary Global Channel relationship of 31 consecutive years and wider distribution of Xilinx’s All Programmable products.
Earth Day & Electronics OEMs: Part of the Problem, Part of the Solution
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/21/2017   Post a comment
Whether at work or at home, we all need to work on environmental initiatives. For Earth Day, let's take a look at some places that change is happening.
Find the Fire: Great Teams Need Passion
Puga Sankara  
4/21/2017   Post a comment
Every company needs people who have fire in their bellies. In the high-tech electronics space, though, the need is even more critical.
Amazon Turns Up the Vocals
Rick Merritt  
4/20/2017   Post a comment
Lex service debuts as OEMs tap into Alexa.
Robotics in Logistics: An Indian Version
Logical Link  
4/20/2017   Post a comment
Logistics may be an obvious area where robotics will find a use for place. An Indian company is building its reputation in that space.
Good Component Selection Bridges Gaping Sourcing Gap
Alex Peron  
4/20/2017   Post a comment
Error in the component selection can cause costly redesigns, or simply kill a product before it even gets to market. Smart part selection is a critical skill for engineers and sourcing professionals alike.
How Apple's Supply Chain Contributes to the Betterment of the Environment
Susan Fourtané  
4/19/2017   Post a comment
Electronics OEMs have an opportunity to be major contributors to the betterment of the earth. For Earth Day, we're looking at the efforts of one major OEM: Apple.
How to Optimize Your Supply Chain with IoT
Christy Szoke  
4/19/2017   (1) comment
An IoT fleet management system gives fleet managers the information they need to both adapt day-to-day operations to real world ground conditions, while also generating the data they need to positively impact the efficiency of their operations over the long term.
Star Trek Tricorder Arrives
R. Colin Johnson  
4/18/2017   Post a comment
The $2.6 million purse for the Qualcomm Tricorder X-Prize contest went to the Final Frontier Team (led by Pennsylvanian brothers Dr. Basil Harris, an emergency medicine physician, and George Harris, a network engineer) with $1 million second-place going to Taiwan based Dynamic Biomarkers Team backed by HTC.
Apple-Imagination GPU Dispute Offers 5 IP Best Practices
Mary E. Shacklett  
4/18/2017   (1) comment
The recent dustup between Apple and Imagination points to a handful of reminders about the preservation of intellectual property preservation for electronics manufacturers and suppliers.
Robotic Process Automation: A Future Boon for Buyers
Brent Halverson  
4/18/2017   Post a comment
The next step in automation technology is set to revolutionize back-office, rules-based tasks across numerous industries.
Where Do You Stand on Science March?
Rick Merritt  
4/17/2017   Post a comment
Are you participating in the March for Science this Saturday? I'd love to hear why or why not.
Managing the Complexity Paradigm Within Supply Chain
Abe Eshkenazi  
4/17/2017   (1) comment
What can supply chain executives do to find the right balance and manage complexity before it becomes overwhelming?
When Your Sweat Knows More about You…
Junko Yoshida  
4/14/2017   (1) comment
Lucio Lanza believes that billions of things, once connected, will eventually embody intelligence. The notion makes us feel a little uneasy.
Apple & Google in the Memory Business?
Dylan McGrath  
4/13/2017   Post a comment
A recent report out of Japan says three of tech's biggest and most prominent companies are interested in bidding on Toshiba's memory chip business. Can this be true?
CIA’s WikiLeaks Exposure Offers Good News for Supply Chains
B. Cameron Gain  
4/13/2017   Post a comment
WikiLeaks has handed OEMs a tutorial on how their Internet of Things (IoT) electronics devices are vulnerable and how to make them better.
Renewed Energy Star Commitment Helps OEMs Attack Global Energy Crisis
Doug Czerwonka  
4/13/2017   Post a comment
Small actions add up, and electronics OEMs have an opportunity to make a big impact by leveraging existing standards to save energy and improve the world.
Skilled Labor, Free Trade Key Concerns over Brexit
Sally Ward-Foxton  
4/12/2017   Post a comment
The United Kingdom's electronics industry expresses angst in the time of Brexit.
Amazon Plays Hardball with Electronics Distributors
Alex Moazed  
4/12/2017   (1) comment
Amazon Business is casting a wide net for B2B product listings, rather than concentrating on a single vertical, which means electronics and electronic components are already on its radar.
Q’comm Returns Fire in Apple Suit
Rick Merritt  
4/11/2017   Post a comment
Apple refuses to pay royalties, pressures partners not to pay them and lied to consumers and regulators, Qualcomm said in response to a patent suit.
16 High-Tech Companies Setting the Standard for Business Ethics
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/11/2017   Post a comment
The Ethisphere 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company points to some high tech and technology leaders that are defining best practices in terms of corporate responsibility and ethics.
The Next-Gen of Digital Displays: Holographic Optical Elements
Seth Coe-Sullivan  
4/11/2017   Post a comment
Although holographic optical elements technology has existed for decades, scientists and engineers are turning once futuristic concepts into tangible opportunities for manufacturers and government agencies.
Foundries Need Clear Benchmarks
Rick Merritt  
4/10/2017   (1) comment
Amid an unprecedented proliferation of process nodes, the industry needs good public benchmarks to compare semiconductor process technologies.
European Union Parliament Approves Conflict Minerals Regulation
Pablo Valerio  
4/10/2017   (2) comments
The Regulation will cover EU imports of minerals tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold from all countries in the world, and is the first mandatory law of this kind to be truly global in its scope.
Robo-Cars Need Relationship Map
Junko Yoshida  
4/7/2017   Post a comment
To sort out autonomous car development among chip vendors, Tier Ones, tech companies and car OEMs, the ideal solution might be a "relationship map" to illustrate who's in bed with whom on highly automated vehicle platforms.
Brexit: Supply Chains Need to Get Ready
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/7/2017   (1) comment
Likely, the planned withdrawal of Britain from the European Union (Brexit) late next year will create ripples that we are only just coming to understand.
Machine Learning Comes to Chip Design
Junko Yoshida  
4/6/2017   (1) comment
Solido to launch Machine Learning Labs.
Supply Chain Safety & Compliance: How To Avoid Company Risk & Customer Harm
Richard Howells  
4/6/2017   Post a comment
If your business isn’t taking the proper safety precautions and measures to ensure compliance, you could be putting your company at risk and your end consumers in harm’s way.
Mentor in Robo-Car Race with Mobileye, Nvidia
Junko Yoshida  
4/5/2017   (1) comment
Mentor Graphics Corp. will come to SAE World Congress in Detroit to demonstrate how "raw data fusion" # not the fusion of processed data generated by sensor modules # can provide dramatic improvements in sensing accuracy and overall system efficiency.
HP Supply Chain Leads the Call for Recycling Transparency
Ariella Brown  
4/5/2017   Post a comment
Corporate citizens in the electronics industry can lead the charge to make sure recycling of post-consumer products is done right. HP is speaking up on the topic.
Data Care for Industrial Apps: Firmware Addresses Insufficient Lifespan of Flash
Ulrich Brandt  
4/5/2017   Post a comment
Neither low-price flash memory devices for consumer markets nor those devices intended for professional IT use can adequately fulfill the requirements of industrial applications. As well as robustness in relation to the ambient conditions, and specific read and write performance requirements, a long product lifespan is a decisive factor - in relation to both the medium (endurance) as well as the stored data (retention). What are the determining factors? How do providers of industrial flash memory devices address these issues?
Eight Views of Bluetooth World
Rick Merritt  
4/4/2017   (1) comment
Mesh due in July, disposables on a far horizon.
Brexit Supply Chain Impacts Auto Industry
Logical Link  
4/4/2017   (1) comment
England’s anticipated exit from the European Union may hit the automotive supply chain.
Talking to a Rising Supply Chain Star: Gerardo Cabrera, Flex
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
4/4/2017   Post a comment
EBN talked to Gerardo Cabrera, a global commodity manager at Flex in Guadalajara, Mexico, about what made this millenial professional go into supply chain work.
Apple Drops Imagination
Junko Yoshida  
4/3/2017   (1) comment
Can Imagination survive without Apple?
Robotrucks: Shifting Electronic Logistics to Autopilot Changes the Supply Chain
Jim O'Reilly  
4/3/2017   Post a comment
Autonomous trucks still need some perfecting, but the reality is that we are just a few years from the capability being solid enough to enter mainstream operations. That's going to shift the entire supply chain.
The What, Why & How of Multimodal Supply Chain Visibility
Jett McCandless  
4/3/2017   (3) comments
The problem is that supply chain visibility is still often misunderstood. They key to success is understanding how to invest your resources in a way that will have the greatest impact on achieving true supply chain visibility.
Semiconductor Outlook Lifted on Surging Memory Prices
Dylan McGrath  
3/31/2017   Post a comment
A prominent semiconductor industry watcher has more than doubled its forecast for industry growth in 2017 on surging average selling prices (ASPs) for DRAM and NAND flash memory.
5 Routes to Success in Supply Chain Recruitment
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/31/2017   (1) comment
In light of the big gap between the level demand and supply in potential hires, supply chain organizations need to add a variety of approaches to recruitment in order to ensure success.
Uber Crash Exposes V2X Politics
Junko Yoshida  
3/30/2017   Post a comment
If both vehicles -- Ford and (Uber) Volvo -- had some form of V2V technology, would the outcome have been different?
Power to the Buyer: Building a Social Conscience
Richard G. Weissman  
3/30/2017   Post a comment
As environmental regulations shift and change, supply chain professionals have an opportunity to champion green practices as good business.
Welcome to the Age of Continuous Innovation
Gary Grossman  
3/29/2017   Post a comment
Modern applications now are comprised of pre-fab code snippets representing atomized functions delivered as microservices packaged within containers.
Apple Supplier Policy Change Addresses Child Labor & Poor Working Conditions
Susan Fourtané  
3/29/2017   (6) comments
Apple has stopped buying cobalt from artisanal mines in Congo until labor conditions and appropriate protections are in place.
Protecting PCBs: Costs & Benefits of Conformal Coating, Encapsulation, RTV & Overmolding
Michael Allen  
3/29/2017   Post a comment
What to look for in a contract manufacturer’s capabilities for conformal coating, encapsulation, RTV and overmolding for PCB protection. 
Patent Trolls Plague Chip Vendors
Junko Yoshida  
3/28/2017   Post a comment
Semiconductor M&As breed more chip litigation.
10 Rising Stars: Under 30s Shape the High-Technology Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/28/2017   (2) comments
One third of the winners of the 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars are working for leading technology, electronics, and logistics companies. Here's a look at how each is making a difference.
Assessing Cybersecurity Programs: Maturity, Scope, & Verification
Pamela Passman  
3/28/2017   Post a comment
Organizations need to understand the importance of having mature cybersecurity programs through assessments and verification of the controls in place to protect corporate systems and assets.
EDA Sales Jump Most in Five Years
Dylan McGrath  
3/27/2017   Post a comment
Electronic Design Automation (EDA) sales posted in the largest annual increase in five years in the fourth quarter of 2016, based on broad strength across all product categories.
Roadmap Says CMOS Ends Around 2024
Rick Merritt  
3/24/2017   Post a comment
IRDS points to chip stacks, new architectures.
8 Attributes of an Agile Supply Chain Superhero
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/24/2017   Post a comment
You can be the hero of your agile supply chain. This infographic shows you how.
More Connected Cars + Increased Cyber Threats = Closer Supply Chain Relationships 
Logical Link  
3/23/2017   Post a comment
Car makers and component suppliers are delivering more connected cars to market, but cyber threat prevention needs supply chain collaboration.
Wearables Market Pivoting Fashionably
Dylan McGrath  
3/22/2017   Post a comment
"The wearables market is doing something that is very important. It's shifting," an IDC analyst told EE Times.
FindChips Pro: Sourcing Tools Need More Muscle
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/22/2017   Post a comment
FindChips.com is adding a paid service, called FindChips Pro, that provides new capabilities to help buyers consider the future, rather than relying on the past.
Glaring Security Hole Fixed, Supply Chain Managers Look Ahead
B. Cameron Gain  
3/22/2017   (1) comment
The backend software on the cloud for supply chain IT networks is vulnerable, but best practices can help to even the score against often daily attacks on any system.
ST's SPAD Imager Likely Link to iPhone 8
Junko Yoshida  
3/21/2017   Post a comment
Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 with a “3D camera” is the subject of intense speculation. Dots yet to be connected are the explicit relationships among the iPhone 8, single photon avalanche diodes and STMicroelectronics.
The Self-Driving-Truck Race is On, But Which Strategy Will Prevail?
Frank Cavallaro  
3/21/2017   (1) comment
As Uber’s robot-trucking division is engulfed by legal troubles, several startups are poised to reinvent the freight business. Starsky Robotics, Embark, and Drive.ai all recently unveiled detailed plans regarding the next phases of their technologies. Which strategy will prove successful?
Putting IoM Innovation to Work at APEX
Philip Stoten  
3/21/2017   Post a comment
The world’s electronics manufacturing industry gathered in San Diego, Calif., to share the latest trends in IoM and operation innovation.
Avnet Strengthens Position as Leading IoT Solutions Provider in Vietnam
EBN Newswire  
3/20/2017   (2) comments
Recent showcase in Vietnam reveals optimistic growth and potential for the application of IoT to improve enterprise productivity and connectivity
China Fab Boom Fuels Equipment Spending Revival
Dylan McGrath  
3/20/2017   Post a comment
Sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment grew 13 percent last year and are projected to grow further.
IPC Supports EU Vote for Voluntary Conflict Minerals Requirements for Manufacturers
EBN Newswire  
3/20/2017   (1) comment
On March 16, 2017, the European Union (EU) Parliament voted to adopt regulations regarding the sourcing of conflict minerals in high risk zones.
Meeting Major Logistics Challenge: How Global Robotics Manufacturer Optimized Lithium Battery Supply Chain Shipping
EBN Newswire  
3/20/2017   (1) comment
A global robotics manufacturer met a major logistics challenge in transferring its entire shipping process in-house and training staff to meet stringent hazmat transport regulations for lithium batteries by partnering with a firm that helps companies comply with DG regs.
Intel/Mobileye Duopoly: Dream or Nightmare?
Junko Yoshida  
3/17/2017   Post a comment
Intel's Mobileye acquisition has stirred mixed emotions and contrasting reviews among those who cover the industry. Semiconductor Advisors LLC, for one, said "Intel is taking a leap of faith to go very far outside its core business."
Tracking Needed Talent in Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/17/2017   Post a comment
The talent shortage in the supply chain is real, but smart companies are helping their people learn the critical skills.
Connectivity & IoT Create Greater Supply Chain Data Collection Options
Puga Sankara  
3/17/2017   Post a comment
The ubiquitous nature of IoT and better ways to collect data are set to transform the way things are done in the supply chain.
China's Gamble on Industrial IoT
Yorbe Zhang  
3/16/2017   Post a comment
The Chinese government projects the country's Industrial Internet of Things to grow to 450 billion RMB by 2020--occupying roughly one quarter of China's whole IoT market. Here's a report from EE Times China's Editor-in-Chief Yorbe Zhang.
Apple’s Server Rack Assembly Reflects Security Concerns
B. Cameron Gain  
3/16/2017   (2) comments
Apple’s move to consolidate its rack build, while not radical, does reflect how the smartphone giant is addressing security concerns about configuring its servers and racks.
Put Out the Fire: Address Employee Burnout in Logistics
Malysa O'Connor  
3/16/2017   Post a comment
Logistics providers are especially vulnerable to employee turnover, but many overlook one of its most reliable predictors – employee burnout.
SIA Backs House Republicans’ Tax Plan
Dylan McGrath  
3/15/2017   Post a comment
The Semiconductor Industry trade group Tuesday (March 14) endorsed a proposal by Congressional Republicans to reform corporate tax rates as “an appropriate starting point.”
8 Cool Startups Advancing Manufacturing Automation
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/15/2017   Post a comment
These eight companies are set to transform the manufacturing sector with automation technology.
Independent Tool Vendors Form Alliance
Max Maxfield  
3/14/2017   Post a comment
A group of embedded tool vendors has formed the Embedded Tools Alliance (ETA).
Nintendo, Apple, Amazon: Even the Best OEMs Face Supply Chain Challenges
Sean Mulroy  
3/14/2017   Post a comment
Every year, there are a few hot tech products that grab attention during the holiday season--and are hard or impossible to get. 2016 was no exception. OEMs can learn some important lessons.
Why Toyota's Firmware Was Not a Killer
David Cummings  
3/13/2017   Post a comment
As he delved deeper into the evidence, David Cummings says he did not find a convincing argument that Toyota's software was to blame for the accident.
Huawei & DHL Partner on IoT-based Logistics Solution
Logical Link  
3/13/2017   (1) comment
Huawei and DHL to collaborate on Internet of Things supply chain and logistics solution.
WikiLeaks, the CIA & Trust
Rick Merritt  
3/10/2017   Post a comment
This week's news begs the core question of security--one beyond the reach of the cleverest technique--who do you trust.
IoT Revolutionizes Customer Retail Experience Through Inventory Control
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/10/2017   (2) comments
By automating inventory visibility using Internet of Things (IoT) technology, retailers can significantly reduce the cost of inventory distortion, overstock, stock outs and shrinkage.
7 Things About Amazon the Retail Supply Chain Needs to Know
Puga Sankara  
3/10/2017   (3) comments
The recent Retail Supply Chain Conference 2017 netted some interesting insights, particularly around how Amazon is shifting how the retail supply chain works.
AMD Describes Zen for Servers
Rick Merritt  
3/9/2017   Post a comment
AMD’s Naples, available by June, packs more cores, memory, and I/O than Intel’s Broadwell, beating it in seismic analysis benchmarks.
Blockchain Offerings for Supply Chain Become Reality
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/9/2017   (1) comment
IBM/Maersk and Dianrong/FnConn both announced blockchain-focused offerings this week. The first is aimed at global shipping while the other is focused on serving small suppliers in China.
Fostering Growth Amidst a Field of Consolidation
Chanan Greenberg  
3/9/2017   Post a comment
Company consolidation is ushering in an era of market uncertainty that's having a significant impact on the high-tech industry. However, there are clear steps organizations can take to be more competitive.
Cypress Sells Minnesota Fab for $30 Million
Dylan McGrath  
3/8/2017   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has cut a deal to sell its 200mm fab in Bloomington, Minn., for $30 million.
IPC Issues Call for Participation for IPC APEX EXPO 2018
EBN Newswire  
3/8/2017   (2) comments
IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries invites engineers, researchers, academics, technical experts and industry leaders to submit abstracts for IPC APEX EXPO 2018 to be held at the San Diego Convention Center.
Dimensioning Solutions in the Spotlight as Warehouses Strive to Modernize, According to VDC Research
Latest Research  
3/8/2017   (1) comment
Leading Drivers Include Space Optimization, Dimensional-Based Pricing, and Quality Checking
Wireless Disruptor Distinguishes Itself with Supply Chain Innovation
Gary Hilson  
3/8/2017   Post a comment
Mobile virtual network operator Republic Wireless is betting that its supply chain will be the vehicle that it can use to differentiate itself in a competitive market.
2017 Peak Season Prep Needs to Start Now
Spencer Moore  
3/8/2017   Post a comment
It's never too early to start preparing for the big product and sales push of the winter peak season.
Chip Sales Jump 14% in January
Dylan McGrath  
3/7/2017   (1) comment
anuary chip sales showed the largest year-to-year increase in more than six years as the semiconductor industry continued a run that started in the second half of last year.
EBN @C-Level: Sager Shares 130 Years’ Worth of Distribution Wisdom
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/7/2017   Post a comment
To succeed in the long run, distributors need to both keep what works and evolve to meet new customer expectations. Frank Flynn, who heads Sager Electronics, shares the secrets to the company's success.
IoT Transitions Supply Chain from Survive to Thrive
Ian Jindal  
3/7/2017   Post a comment
IoT is bringing a myriad of advancements that will improve the efficiency of any global electronics supply chain.
Avnet, Arrow Drive into IoT
Rick Merritt  
3/6/2017   Post a comment
The industry’s two largest distributors are gearing up initiatives for the Internet of Things.
Experts Map the Integrated Supply Chain Journey
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/6/2017   Post a comment
Supply chain leaders from NCR, Western Digital and Inspirage share the secret to moving to a more mature supply chain model.
2017 Top 5 Trends in Enterprise Labeling
Justin Ward  
3/6/2017   (4) comments
Loftware annual survey gets a pulse on the impact of labeling on today’s supply chain. Significant shifts in labeling are impacting global supply chains at an unprecedented level.
Smartphone Shipments Projected to Rebound
Dylan McGrath  
3/3/2017   Post a comment
Shipments of smartphones are projected to rebound in 2017 after a lackluster 2016.
ClearMetal Welcomes Industry Luminary Ron Widdows to Advisory Board and Makes Key Sales Leadership Hire
EBN Newswire  
3/3/2017   Post a comment
ClearMetal Welcomes Industry Luminary Ron Widdows to Advisory Board and Makes Key Sales Leadership Hire
Women Startups Take Their Turn in Tech
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
3/3/2017   (8) comments
Women startups, especially technology startups are starting to make inroads but not quickly enough.
Intel, Spreadtrum Demo Brainchild
Junko Yoshida  
3/2/2017   Post a comment
Is Intel getting ready for Apple?
Avnet & AT&T Team to Lower Barriers to Development of IoT Solutions
EBN Newswire  
3/2/2017   Post a comment
Companies announce managed services agreement and introduce Avnet’s new Global LTE IoT Starter Kit
BTC Electronics Joins ECIA
EBN Newswire  
3/2/2017   Post a comment
ECIA is pleased to welcome BTC Electronics to its roster of illustrious electronic component distributors, suppliers and manufacturers' reps.
Industrial Manufacturers’ GPO Prime Advantage Tackles the Rising Cost of Healthcare
EBN Newswire  
3/2/2017   Post a comment
Partnering with LPGM to offer preventive healthcare system with no out-of-pocket costs




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EBN Dialogue / LIVE CHAT
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!
Archived Dialogues
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.