Resetting the Innovation Button

Talk to Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and the idea of “fail fast, fail early, and fail often” will likely come up within the first five minutes of conversation. In some circles, you're not considered successful until you have several failures under your belt. The same philosophy has merit for any startup company trying to make its…

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Semiconductor Sales Up in August

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $25.87 billion for the month of August 2013, an increase of 6.4 percent compared to August 2012, marking the industry’s largest year-over-year growth since March 2011. Sales in the Americas increased by 23.3 percent…

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TTI Acquires Ray-Q Ltd.

TTI, Inc. an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, today announced the acquisition of Ray-Q Interconnect. Founded in 1969 as a Raychem subsidiary based in Israel with offices in Turkey and India, Ray-Q provides high quality electrical interconnect solutions to military, aerospace and other high-reliability product industries. Since 2000 the company has been incorporated…

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What happened to ‘Real Men Own Fabs’?

Jerry Sanders III, the oft-quoted, hard-fighting, co-founder and former CEO and chairman of Advanced Micro Devices Inc., who made the chest-thumping statement from which I took the headline for this blog, was right about many things in his long career in the semiconductor market. He was also wrong about a few things. Taking on Intel…

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Big-Data Initiatives Drive Procurement Strategies

As big-data initiatives create expectations of competitive advantage, organizations are beginning to come to terms with the challenges ahead. While data quality issues take center stage, the ability to meaningfully integrate structured enterprise data — frequently housed across multiple enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, planning systems, manufacturing and production systems, customer relationship management (CRM), warehouse…

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Put Your Packaging on a Diet

Summer is over, fall has arrived, and winter is right around the corner. As the days grow shorter and colder, don't let inertia take over. Instead, put your packaging on a diet. (Source: Alan Cleaver) Here are three reasons why a packaging slim down will improve the health of your company's supply and the world:…

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