I think that in-vehicle entertainment should be an add-on to the gadgets that vehicle owners already own. Radio or FM has been the most popular entertainment system that vehicle owners use because of its low cost and versatile nature. Someone who is driving is already occupied with his hands and partially occupied with his vision, ears and mind. So, it will be challenging to come up with something that adds to the entertainment without distracting.
Yes in-vehicle infortainment lacks the spark other technologies have had in market. However, this is defintely a sector that would probably boost LCD panel in particular. Hopefully, 2012 might fair better.
year 2011 started with a strong outlook and unexpected growth and ended in weak recovery. 2012 is starting with low expectations. As Todd said in his article that there will be introduction of ultrabooks, smartphones and tablets so hopefully 2012 will be better than what most analysts are predicting. There is continued focus on System-on-chip products to reduce power and latency with improved performance. With that Marry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Todd, really insightful article. I hear a lot about ultrabooks and the business around it. But automobile infotainment do not get that much publicity. Is the reason low sale/impact or premature technology?
Natural disasters are unpredictable and can be very expnsive for auto and other similar manufacturers. They should add natural disaster in their risk factor and accordingly enhance their inventory of all critical parts.
Very good editorial Todd, it summarize clearly the outlook for 2012 and major evolution coming in electronics, as SoC; I am wondering if, in parallel to evolution towards new materials or components to use, there is also an evolution (focused on electronics, of course) in the way to recycle or waste disposal.
This is really well-researched and useful information. Tracking open market trends are a lot more difficult and data-intensive than many folks realize. The better prepared buyers are, the better the supply chain can be managed (in theory!) Thanks for the insight!
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Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.