The Transition to the Self-Assembly Line

In the future, the familiar and traditional assembly line will morph into a self-assembly line. It may sound like a science fiction movie but it's not. The entire supply chain will see a dramatic change, where automation, self-assembly, and self-configuration will be the everyday realities. If you followed my latest post on 4D Printing &…

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Who’s Driving the Design Chain?

Who's driving the design chain? That's not exactly easy to answer. Historically, one's answer had depended on where one sat in the electronics supply chain. Once, large distributors described the design chain as more of a demand chain, in which the use of distributor-supplied suites of engineering services were leveraged to encourage product training and…

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Avnet Offering TechNexion Modules

 Avnet Embedded, a division of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), has entered a distribution agreement with TechNexion, a leading provider of cutting-edge embedded modular solutions. Avnet Embedded will now offer TechNexion’s low-cost, high-value embedded System-on-Modules and systems to its original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customer base. Click to Tweet:…

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3D Printing Gets Beyond Star Trek

3D printing isn't quite as good as a Star Trek replicator, yet it still adds a new powerful tool to development and art. 3D printing is a way to create difficult shapes and prototype parts rapidly. Unfortunately, the techniques have some limitations that are being lost in the hype. To start, the raw supplies are…

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Foundry Model Challenges Intel

Intel has always prided itself on its huge capital expenditures. Investments in fabs have helped the company become the world's largest chip manufacturer, as well as the proprietor of the most advanced semiconductor processes. The chip giant is already making 22 nm chips, when most other chip makers are just starting on 28 nm devices.…

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