Do OLEDs Have a Future in Solid State Lighting?

Organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology holds a lot of promise for mobile devices which are only going to proliferate in both the business and consumer markets. OLED, which is used for displays, uses very little power, can be applied to flexible substrates such as plastic, doesn’t wash out in bright sunlight and needs no…

Could IoT Uplift 2016?

The industry’s next white knight has taken many forms, though none has proven as resilient as PC-refresh cycles. Great expectations now rest with the Internet of Things (IoT), which the electronics industry hopes will build into a crescendo of “Things” that will provide demand for components, networking infrastructure, and so forth. This scenario, of course,…

Avnet Builds ‘Supply Chain of Things’

Users and consumers are beginning to see the types of gadgets that will eventually comprise the Internet of Things (IoT). What many can’t yet visualize are the unseen parts of the IoT – the software and services that ultimately are going to determine whether the IoT becomes as ubiquitous and conventional as cellular technology. “Services…

Flex Acquires Smart Home Platform Wink

One of the more appealing aspects of the IoT is the diversity of companies that are entering the market. Pascal Fernandez, vice president of distributor Avnet Inc.’s Velocity, EMEA, recently said companies outside of the electronics industry are developing products and applications that may find their way into the IoT. Many companies already in electronics are…

U.S. Manufacturing: Mixed Bag in October

The trifecta of a strong dollar, low oil prices and concerns about China continued to dog the U.S. manufacturing market in October. The domestic industry’s leading index, the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI, moved uncomfortably close to 50 — the dividing line between growth and contraction. The PMI in October measured 50.1 percent, down from…

Manufacturing Pace Slides on China & Currency Woes

It’s difficult not to be concerned over recent economic indicators and the stock market’s roller coaster ride, but the Institute for Supply Management, which tracks U.S. manufacturing activity, notes that domestic production expanded in August for the 75th consecutive month. Unfortunately, that expansion was at the slowest rate the country has seen since May 2013. The…

Diversification Yields Positive Results for Sanmina

Sanmina Corp. is the new investors’ darling of the contract manufacturing industry. Its stock price has surged at a double-digit clip in recent days despite tepid sales growth and amidst continuing signs visibility into end-markets remain limited. What accounts for this disparity? Sanmina isn’t exactly the same company it was only a few years ago.…

Scent Technology Set to Grow by 30% Through 2020

Some of the deadliest threats to human lives are things that can’t be seen, heard, smelled or touched. In fact, scents are added to substances such as natural gas so leaks can be identified before they overwhelm victims—or explode. Technology can also help avert disasters.  Scent technology is expected to grow rapidly, by 30.4 percent,…

Temperature & Image Sensors ‘Hot’ Through 2020

Temperature sensors, in a word, will remain “hot” in North America and Europe.  Thanks to demand from both the industrial and consumer market segments, sales of temperature sensors are expected to grow at a decent clip in those regions through 2020. In Europe, the market is expected to increase to $1.36 billion by 2018, with…

Siemens Expands Program for Manufacturing Startups

It’s a term you don’t hear much these days—manufacturing startup. Siemens has announced the expansion of the startup Frontier Partner program run by Siemens Technology to Business (TTB) and Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software organization. The Frontier Partner program, focused on the Silicon Valley region, is designed to find, fund, and forge the “breakthrough…