Cost Reduction is a Top Priority in the Supply Chain

There is no surprise that cost reductions top the high-tech supply chain executives ranking of the three biggest issues or projects for 2014, according to the Annual North American Hi-Tech & Electronics Report from eyefortransport. The survey of supply chain executives also reveals that the most effective strategies for reducing costs include improving internal efficiencies,…

Component Suppliers Lag in Automotive Supply Chain

Electrical/electronic component suppliers ranked last among the six automotive segments – exterior, powertrain, interior, electrical, body and chassis – reviewed in PwC’s North American Automotive Supplier Supply Chain study. While electrical/electronic component suppliers ranked first in gross profit margins, which suggests low raw material component costs, low-cost labor and lower-than-average total landed costs, said PwC,…

AMOLED Panel Costs to Fall Below LCD

Santa Clara, Calif.—The manufacturing cost gap between AMOLED and TFT LCD smartphone displays is closing as production yields improve, which should drive increased use in smartphone panels, according to a NPD DisplaySearch OLED Technology Report. Although manufacturing costs for AMOLED panels are currently 10-20 percent higher than for TFT LCD displays, they are expected fall below…

Adafruit, element14 Launch Wearable Design Challenge

Chicago, Ill. – element14, along with partner Adafruit, today announces the launch of the new “Hats Off” global design challenge. Participants will re-imagine the hat into new wearable technology solutions that provide real-world functionality using the Adafruit GEMMA and an accompanying accessory pack. The Adafruit GEMMA is a tiny Arduino-compatible sewable microcontroller capable of lighting up a constellation…

Capacitive Touch Controller Tags Forecast to Drop

Seoul, South Korea  – Pricing for capacitive touch controller ICs is expected to fall due to growing competition from Chinese-Taiwanese suppliers, but this should not impact the market’s positive growth trend, according to IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS). The capacitive touch controller IC market is forecast to reach about $2.8 billion in 2017, an increase of nearly 50…

Gore Unveils Lightweight Microwave Cable Assemblies

Landenberg, Pa. – W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore) has introduced new lightweight cable solutions that are touted to deliver the lowest insertion loss before and after installation to ensure reliable performance for the life of the system. The robust construction of the GORE-FLIGHT Microwave Assemblies, 6 Series reduces total costs by withstanding the…