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'Social TV' Talks Back to Smart TV
Jonah McLeod  
4/17/2014   (2) comments
Smart TV is a product in search of a market, rather than the other way around. Left with no direction, the market is beginning to define the television and its usage model.
High-Tech Execs Offer Lessons Learned in Emerging Market Expansion
Change in the Chain  
4/10/2014   (1) comment
OEMs are eying emerging markets as a valuable and profitable new venue to sell their wares.
Internet-Proliferation of Connected Physical Devices by 2020 Significantly Alter Supply Chain Operation
Latest Research  
4/2/2014   (1) comment
Gartner, Inc. forecasts that a 30-fold increase in Internet-connected physical devices by 2020 will significantly alter supply chain leader information access and cyber-risk exposure.
A Bad Case of High-Tech PTSD
Lynn Torrel  
4/1/2014   (2) comments
It's time for supply chain professionals to trade fear for caution in the pursuit of innovation.
EU: Mobile Phone Manufacturers Will Use Only One Charging Connector
Pablo Valerio  
3/28/2014   (14) comments
While all eyes remain on Apple to see what it does with its iPhone and iPad chargers, the European Parliament is moving ahead with plans to implement a common charger standard for all mobile devices by 2017.
Volvo Road Magnets Tell Autonomous Cars Where to Go
Kevin Fogarty  
3/26/2014   (11) comments
Self-driving cars are starting to become a reality, but what about the roads themselves? Volvo is looking to implant magnets into roadways to help autonomous automobiles maneuver through the streets.
Live Chat 3/21: Creating an Extended Supply Chain
EBN Dialogue  
3/21/2014   (107) comments
When it comes to working in an extended supply chain, the average spreadsheet or EDI system simply isn't enough. It's time look at how to collaborate with partners more efficiently. We've invited Greg Johnsen, founder and chief marketing officer at GT Nexus to share insights gleaned from the company's recently released research.
Working the Kinks Out of Decentralized Product Development
Lynn Torrel  
3/3/2014   (7) comments
When meeting domestic demand in emerging economies, OEMs must maintain integrity between the engineering and new product introduction disciplines among their regional operations.
Solar Spacecraft Ion Propulsion Power Supply
Steve Taranovich  
2/22/2014   (10) comments
Ion engine propulsion provides a new horizon for space systems.
The Basic-Research Challenge
Brian Fuller  
2/14/2014   (7) comments
A quick conversation with a leading engineering educator about a couple of hot topics: the state of basic research and aircraft innovation.
Fighting Back Against Embedded System Attacks
Bruce Gain  
2/13/2014   (9) comments
Increasingly, hackers and malware makers are targeting the firmware of electronic devices. Organizations across the supply chain need to band together to mitigate those risks.
I'll Take Watson for 2014, Alex
Michael Dunn  
2/1/2014   (3) comments
If IBM has its way, Watson will be ready for prime time sooner rather that later. It's good news for a number of business sectors, especially healthcare.
IR Technology Enhances Driver Safety
Pallab Chatterjee  
1/30/2014   (13) comments
Driver safety and awareness features are becoming standard, marking a change in OEM options for new vehicles.
Want to Innovate? Try Spending Some Money
Brian Fuller  
1/19/2014   (62) comments
If innovation is going to be more than just a buzzword, you have to put your money where your mouth is.
Avnet Offers Insights on Global Supply Chain Trends for 2014
EBN Newswire  
1/17/2014   Post a comment
Avnet gives insights on 2014's global supply chain trends including risk management, counterfeiting, and big data
Australia Leads in 3D Titanium Printing
Susan Fourtané  
1/14/2014   (8) comments
An innovative technology in Australia makes titanium 3D printed products available at a lower cost than traditional manufacturing.
The Driverless Car Revolution Begins Now
Bruce Gain  
1/2/2014   (26) comments
The march toward self-driving cars has begun, and the electronics industry has to get its supply chain ready.
Flexible Electronics Stretch the Limits of Imagination
Janine Love  
12/18/2013   (10) comments
Collaborations between chemists, physicists, and electrical engineers are are yielding inspiring new bendable materials.
Live Chat 12/18: A Look Ahead at the Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
12/16/2013   (3) comments
Product supply, on-shoring, and new technologies will be hot topics in the coming year. Let's start talking now!
Solar Cells Use IR Radiation
Paul Buckley  
11/28/2013   (14) comments
The Power of Tiny Bubbles
R. Colin Johnson  
11/28/2013   (5) comments
IBM wins the Gordon Bell Prize.
Tight Inventory Management Pays Off
Suzanne Deffree  
11/25/2013   Post a comment
OEMs are expected to close 2013 with strong revenue growth, thanks in part to tight management of inventory levels.
Big Data May Mimic, Replace Brain
Rick Merritt  
11/23/2013   (9) comments
Big data analytics may both mimic the human brain and replace it.
11/21 Live Chat: Manufacturing Insights With IDC & UPS
EBN Dialogue  
11/21/2013   (177) comments
We'll be chatting with Ken Rankin, director of high-tech segment marketing at UPS, and Simon Ellis, practice director for IDC Manufacturing Insights, about the results of the newly released fourth annual UPS Change in the (Supply) Chain Survey.
Europe’s Code of Conduct Version 5 Released
Richard Fassler  
11/19/2013   Post a comment
The EC has just released a new set of efficiency targets for external power supplies that raises the bar for many consumer and office electronics.
Live Chat 11/21: UPS Study Looks at Next-Gen Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
11/19/2013   Post a comment
We'll chat with Ken Rankin, director of high-tech segment marketing at UPS, and Simon Ellis, practice director for IDC Manufacturing Insights, about the results of the newly released fourth annual UPS Change in the (Supply) Chain survey.
Expanding What It Means to Be a Supply Chain Leader
Suzanne Deffree  
11/13/2013   (14) comments
What do companies like Amazon.com, Costco, and Kraft have in common with Avnet? According to Gartner, these companies are among the world's supply chain leaders.
Supply Chain Software Spending No Panacea
At the Source  
11/6/2013   (5) comments
Could sophisticated software have helped supply chain managers reverse the declining fortunes of companies like BlackBerry and Nokia?
In SCM, Attitude Is (Almost) Everything
Lynn Torrel  
11/4/2013   (3) comments
It's time to stop making excuses and start polishing your supply chains.
The Key to Employee Retention
Frank Cavallaro  
11/1/2013   (33) comments
While the time and expense of retaining an employee may seem daunting, the cost of losing an employee is much greater. Here's how to retain your employees.
An Energy-Harvesting Scheme That Is Nearly Useless?
Bill Schweber  
10/29/2013   (10) comments
The attraction of getting something for nothing, whether real or imagined, is very strong. But is it worth the design work?
Google Car Director Tamps Down Safety Expectations
Junko Yoshida  
10/28/2013   (3) comments
The promise of self-driving cars may deliver safety… but probably not anytime soon.
Top 10 Strategic Tech Trends for 2014
Suzanne Deffree  
10/28/2013   (18) comments
From mobile device integration to 3D printing to smart machines and more, Gartner lays out its top 10 strategic technology trends for 2014, where savvy members of the electronics supply chain will see opportunities.
Medical Drives Electronics Supply Chain Changes
Anne Ting  
10/28/2013   (5) comments
The medical industry is rife with electronics devices, providing a challenge and opportunity for the supply chain.
Unlocking the Keyless Car Future
Junko Yoshida  
10/26/2013   (12) comments
Is the car key destined to become one more little tile on a smartphone screen?
Brain Implants Near Milestone
Rick Merritt  
10/26/2013   (5) comments
The NeuroPace RNS is the first implant to listen to brain waves and decide autonomously when to apply a therapy to prevent an epileptic seizure.
The Ups & Downs of Creating Sustainability
Logical Link  
10/24/2013   (8) comments
CEOs see the need for sustainability for future business success, but they struggle to make the business case for it.
The Future Is Here: A New Industrial Revolution
Susan Fourtané  
10/21/2013   (37) comments
Take a visual journey through the Future Is Here exhibit at London's Design Museum to catch a glimpse of the future of electronics design and manufacturing.
Semi Manufacturing Spend Informs Supply Chain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/15/2013   (6) comments
If you take a long view, the future of the semiconductor industry holds some promising signs.
Live Chat 10/10: Good News for SMB Manufacturing
EBN Dialogue  
10/10/2013   (121) comments
Small and mid-sized manufacturers remain optimistic about revenues and employment despite concerns about federal regulations and fiscal policy uncertainties. What will the future hold? We've invited Mike McDonald, vice president of member recruitment at Prime Advantage, to tell us about the realities behind its most recent research.
To Reshore or Not to Reshore
Peter Buxbaum  
10/8/2013   (8) comments
Electronics companies considering bringing operations back to the US should consider the total costs of overseas operations, including duties, freight, and longer lead times, not just wages and per-piece prices.
Live Chat 10/10: SMB Manufacturing Sees Slow Gain
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
10/7/2013   Post a comment
We've asked Mike McDonald, vice president of member recruitment for Prime Advantage, to come and share more about all the hottest manufacturing topics, from conflict minerals and sourcing concerns to the current talent pool, and how they will impact OEMs.
Getting More for Less out of Your Logistics Operations
Gerry Fay  
9/4/2013   (6) comments
Although costs are rising in the supply chain, smart logistics professionals can fight the trend with good practices.
The Inside View to the Supply Chain's Second-Tier
Logical Link  
9/3/2013   (10) comments
While companies talk about visibility across the supply chain, often it doesn't extend beyond the first-tier of suppliers.
Live Chat 8/28: New Dimensions in Printing
EBN Dialogue  
8/28/2013   (181) comments
The advent of 3D, and now even 4D, printing may well be a boon to the supply chain. These new technologies will impact design, manufacturing and more. We've invited two of our popular bloggers, Jim O'Reilly and Susan Fourtané, to help us explore the latest printing tech. Join us at 2:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT) on Wednesday, August 26.
Metcalfe’s Law & the Future of Driving
Junko Yoshida  
8/28/2013   (5) comments
The automotive industry is about to step into a brave new world where the network effect rules.
Microprocessor Supply Orders Hit a Record Year
Marc Herman  
8/27/2013   (24) comments
It looks like $61 billion is the emerging number for the quarter's microprocessor sales -- and all that has to be supplied.
Supply-Chain Disruptions Hurt Performance & Take a Hefty Toll
Logical Link  
8/22/2013   (12) comments
Supply-chain disruptions cause a company’s performance indicators to fall, but a recent MIT study shows how companies can mitigate risk.
Apple's Supply Break With Samsung Boosts Semi Foundries
Marc Herman  
8/21/2013   (35) comments
Apple's dropping Samsung as its sole foundry partner made big news, but the implications may go further than we suspect.
4D Printing & the Future of Manufacturing
Susan Fourtané  
8/19/2013   (73) comments
4D printing will bring manufacturing to the next level. Let's talk about how the electronics sector might benefit.
Is Apple Losing Its Smartphone & Tablet Shine?
Suzanne Deffree  
8/1/2013   (51) comments
If you've been keeping up with recent smartphone and tablet market research, you might be wondering if Apple's charm over consumers has been broken.
The Onshoring Debate Rages
Hailey Lynne McKeefry  
7/25/2013   (36) comments
There's a lot to be said for – and against – bringing electronics manufacturing back to the US. The debate on this hot topic continues at EBN.
Disaster Alerts Set to Save Supply Chains
Kishore Jethanandani  
7/24/2013   (37) comments
As sensor technology evolves, disaster alert systems are becoming a solid tool to give the supply chain an early heads up about potential natural disasters.
Pursue Innovation, Reject Novelty
Logical Link  
6/27/2013   (50) comments
Companies need some structure for developing innovative supply chain ideas, not just implementing them.
Prepare Your Supply Chain for Natural Disasters
Logical Link  
6/10/2013   (13) comments
Natural disasters wreak havoc to the tune of $100 billion in annual damages, says a UN report. To cope, companies need improved risk management strategies.
Tech Execs Give Innovation Mixed Reviews
At the Source  
5/22/2013   (6) comments
A survey finds most tech execs think innovation is very important strategically, but not as many see it as a competitive advantage.
Tech Fuels Search for Energy
Mark Bollinger  
5/22/2013   (13) comments
The increasingly important role that the technology supply chain plans in energy exploration was at the forefront of the recent Offshore Technology Conference.
Betting on Analytics as Supply Chain's Next Big Thing
Logical Link  
5/3/2013   (19) comments
A necessary foundation for moving efficiently at real-time speed, supply chain analytics is still very much at the beginning stages of development at many companies.
Generating Buzz With Social Media
Peter Buxbaum  
5/3/2013   (7) comments
Social networking is up and coming in the B2B electronics space.
Outsourced Manufacturers Struggle With Uncertain Demand
iSuppli EMS, ODM Insights  
3/4/2013   (4) comments
Improved inventory velocity was a key theme for the outsourced manufacturing industry in 2012. Fast forward 12 months, and the hoped-for improvement has not really materialized.
Accelerating Supply Chain Velocity With Data Integration
Laurie Sullivan  
2/19/2013   (2) comments
Integrating silos of data should come as second nature to electronics manufacturers and distributors, but we're not there just yet.
Contract Manufacturers Eye Unsexy 2013
Brian Fuller  
2/13/2013   Post a comment
Growth continues for CMS providers, yes, but it's as exciting as kissing your sibling.
Finally, a Realistic Assessment of the PC's Future
Anna Young  
1/22/2013   (15) comments
The PC market's evolution will depend on how well vendors and chip suppliers embrace changes inside and outside the sector.
IDC Sees Higher PC Processor Sales in 2013
Bolaji Ojo  
1/16/2013   (6) comments
PC microprocessor sales and shipments are projected to rise in 2013 as vendors counter inroads by smartphones and tablets.
Suppliers Squeezed as Apple Cuts Components Orders
Bolaji Ojo  
1/14/2013   (14) comments
Apple's suppliers are being squeezed after the company slashed components orders due to slower than expected sales of its iPhone 5.
Top 10 Supply Chain Predictions for 2013
Anna Young  
12/21/2012   (64) comments
Research firm IDC predicts trends it believes will hit the global supply chain in 2013.
Turning Ordinary to Great
Ken Bradley  
12/19/2012   (3) comments
The recipe for turning an ordinary purchasing department into a great one is simple: start negotiating.
Consumers Swaying Supply Chain Decisions
Anna Young  
12/17/2012   (2) comments
Consumers are exerting more control over the manufacturing supply chain by patronizing companies that operate in line with their objectives.
Growth Opens for High-Tech in Emerging Markets
Change in the Chain  
12/10/2012   (2) comments
Focusing on the right emerging markets at the right times can result in new and large business opportunities for high-tech companies.
Shadowed by Process Rather Than Substance
The Sanity Clause  
12/5/2012   (4) comments
The truth about economic, political, and other world events is often clouded by failure to grasp the full implications of such developments.
Electronics Seen Benefiting as China's GDP Doubles
Anna Young  
11/28/2012   (12) comments
Plans to double China's GDP in 10 years could prove a boon to electronics companies if they are ready for the economic expansion.
2012 Semi Sales Headed for Decline
Mike Cowan  
11/19/2012   (1) comment
The initial forecasts called for a small increase in semiconductor sales this year, but that is looking increasingly unlikely.
Value of Tech M&A on the Decline
News of the Day  
11/13/2012   (4) comments
The value of cloud/software as-a-service (SaaS) deals remained significantly higher than any other deal driver in the third quarter.
Beware: IP Theft Is Often an Inside Job
At the Source  
11/9/2012   (13) comments
A research report indicates companies are most vulnerable to IP theft from internal sources rather than external snoopers.
Pessimism Has Its Blind Side
Semico Spin  
11/7/2012   (10) comments
Technology may seem to be peaking in terms of its contribution to economic development and growth, but that view may just be shortsighted.
China's IT Market: More Room to Grow
Logical Link  
11/6/2012   (12) comments
The Chinese IT market won't grow as torridly as previous expected in 2012, but its potentials remain huge, and 2013 could see more expansion.
Crack Opens in Apple's Tablet Armor
Bolaji Ojo  
11/5/2012   (6) comments
Apple's tablet shipments grew in the third quarter, but its marketshare fell sharply as rivals increased penetration.
Survey Identifies Change Drivers in High-Tech Supply Chain
Logical Link  
10/19/2012   (4) comments
Survey identifies supply chain costs, lead times, and responsiveness as the top three drivers of change in the high-tech supply chain.
The Race Is On for Christmas Sales
Logical Link  
9/21/2012   (20) comments
Electronics makers hope to end the year on a positive note, but researchers say the economic environment is fluid.
Ranking Supply Chain Leaders, Small & Big
Logical Link  
9/13/2012   (14) comments
Gartner's list of top supply chain leaders consists primarily of big enterprises but are best-practices limited to huge companies?
Will M&A Reignite in OS Market?
TechMergers  
9/4/2012   (7) comments
After years of heavy activity, mergers and acquisitions have recently cooled down in the OS market, but things could ramp up again soon.
Can DNA Marking Solve 'Conflict-Mineral' Challenge?
Best-Practices  
8/28/2012   (11) comments
Technological innovations like DNA marking can help the electronics industry resolve the crisis posed by minerals sourced in war zones.
Wearable Technology Market Swings Higher
At the Source  
8/17/2012   (16) comments
Sale of wearable technology is surging, but as the market explodes the supply chain is playing catch up.
Plasma Loses Share of US TV Market
News of the Day  
8/10/2012   (37) comments
Plasma makers are focusing on larger screens, and prices climbed to an average of more than $1,600 in July.
Long-Term Semiconductor Forecast to Improve
EBN Newswire  
8/9/2012   Post a comment
Following a lackluster period of average annual market growth in the semiconductor industry, a significant upturn is in store for the next five years
Mobile DRAM to Outpace Memory Market
News of the Day  
8/7/2012   (2) comments
Mobile DRAM is capitalizing on the popularity of devices such as tablets and smartphones, which require more memory for sophisticated tasks.
The Information Squeeze
Tam Harbert  
7/25/2012   (12) comments
Regulatory authorities globally are asking manufacturers to disclose detailed information on their supply chains. Are you in compliance?
High-Tech Can't Shake off Nagging Concerns
Greg Andrews  
7/23/2012   (4) comments
Survey finds electronics manufacturers see plenty of reasons to be optimistic, but concerns persist about strength of customer demand.
Chip Forecast Positive Despite Weak Economy
News of the Day  
7/19/2012   (8) comments
IDC forecasts semiconductor sales will increase almost 5 percent in 2012 despite persistent economic weakness in the global economy.
IDC: Global PC Shipments Stalled in Q2
Latest Research  
7/12/2012   (1) comment
Sales of personal computers were flat in the second quarter compared with the same period in 2011 on slowing consumer purchases, IDC said
Low-End Google Nexus 7 Carries $152 BOM: IHS iSuppli
Latest Research  
7/11/2012   (4) comments
The entry-level 8-Gigabyte version of Google's new Nexus 7 media tablet carries a bill of materials of $151.75, said IHS iSuppli
IHS iSuppli: High Level of Chip Content in GE Washing Machines
Latest Research  
7/6/2012   (2) comments
A teardown analysis finds the electronics BOM in midrange GE washers to be higher than the global norm
Price vs. Volume Poll: The Results Are In
Ken Bradley  
7/6/2012   (4) comments
There is strong support in favor of a volume-price relationship, which is the opposite of what data implies.
Chinese Manufacturing Slows on Drop in Orders
News of the Day  
6/21/2012   (9) comments
China's manufacturing sector continues to struggle with new export orders falling to their lowest levels in seven months.
PC Shipments Forecasted to Rise 5% in 2012
News of the Day  
6/19/2012   (21) comments
IDC expects a mid-single-digit rise in PC shipments in 2012 and forecasts steady growth through 2016 despite economic turmoil.
Procurement & the New Normal
Barbara Jorgensen  
6/18/2012   (1) comment
The market volatility that came with the 2009 recession is going to stick around for the next two or three years.
EMS Industry Lacks Direction in 2012
iSuppli EMS, ODM Insights  
6/11/2012   (2) comments
Researcher IHS revised upward its sales forecast for the EMS market on Apple patronage but warns of uneven performance across the sector
Europe at a 'Crossroads' in Chip Production
Bolaji Ojo  
6/7/2012   (3) comments
Europe is slipping in the chip market and could decline further unless steps are taken to invest in advanced research and production.
The Road Ahead: How Electronics Is Evolving
Lavanya Rammohan  
6/6/2012   (8) comments
A survey identifies the trends and ideas reshaping business strategies in the electronics industry.
This Time, Inventory Buildup Is a Positive
Barbara Jorgensen  
6/6/2012   Post a comment
Six months ago, inventory buildup was a concern. Now stockpiling is seen as an indication that things are looking up.




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