Industry Optimism Hangs on a Thread

As the electronics industry shakes off recessionary woes, moves beyond the damage done by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, and digests monthly manufacturing well-being reports, supply chain professionals seem ready to find the silver lining. Earlier this week, VentureOutsource released its latest Electronics Supply Chain Business Outlook Survey. Generally, among the 412 supply chain executives…

RIM: Is the Party Over?

In the tech world, coming late to the party can have near-fatal consequences for even the biggest names in the industry. Consumers and Wall Street no longer have time and patience for companies that stop innovating, lag too far behind market leaders, or have little ability to quickly correct course. The consequences of multiple missteps…

Making Cities Smarter

We have smartphones, smart cards, smart cars, and pretty smart houses, judging by the increasing number of data-sharing devices linked up between the kitchen and the living room. It makes sense that our cities should be equally smart as well. For some time now, cities globally have been investing in all sorts of infrastructure to…

Silicon Valley Dreams

Is it just me or does it seem as if nearly every country is shining the lights on at least one of its cities and promoting it as the next “Silicon Valley?” During the last couple of weeks, I’ve come across news snippets implying that being dubbed some sort of copycat Silicon Valley, Mobile World…

WEEE! Unrealistic Goals?

Europe may be overreaching with its environmental compliance laws. Don’t get me wrong. I believe state, federal, and international environmental regulations are good. Without them, do you really think recycling programs would have created themselves or organizations would have willingly stopped producing devices containing harmful substances? But then a story in The Economist reminded me…

What’s Going on at NXP Semiconductor?

In the last few days, Dutch chip company {complink 9538|NXP Semiconductors N.V.} has been catching some curious headlines and social media hash tags. There has been Internet scuttlebutt that the Eindhoven, Netherlands-based automotive and multi-market semiconductor company is in takeover talks. Press releases have announced the set up of an automotive technical center in China,…