Japan’s Semiconductor Malaise… & Sumo

HAKONE, Japan — Last Saturday, I was the unlikeliest participant at the VeriSilicon Japanese Semiconductor Industry Executive Forum, where VeriSilicon CEO Wayne Dai assembled a team of chip industry veterans, analysts, academics, and journalists (including my wife, Hotlips), to discuss the near-collapse of the semiconductor industry in Japan. While the guys (and Hotlips) lamented the…

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AVX Card Edge Connector Delivers High Density for LED Lighting

Greenville, S.C. − AVX Corp. has introduced an open-ended card edge connector specifically designed to provide lighting engineers with a miniature and high density pin-count solution for use in linear LED strip lighting. The 00-9159 Series connectors feature a double-sided configuration for increased pin-count density, a central keying rib for strength and alignment, and a tin-to-tin…

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The Camera-Ready Car

As the auto industry starts to bring more connected cars to market, it's clear that other industries will reap the benefits, too. Camera makers and suppliers, for instance, will certainly see a boost, if new market data proves right and if proposed legislation eventually passes. Various sorts of visual-gathering equipment will be needed if carmakers…

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Apple’s Latest Supply Chain Headache: Foxconn

Wow. If the rumors are true, this could represent an epic electronic supply-chain fail. Multiple publications, including two translated from the original Chinese (the China Times and China Business), are reporting that Apple has returned 5 to 8 million iPhones to Foxconn for unknown manufacturing defects. The reports indicate that the repairs will cost Foxconn…

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Recovery Programs: Turning Gray to Green

As the supply chain struggles against eroding profit margins, retaining the value of each and every component is essential. One of the least utilized benefits in the electronics channel is authorized distributor scrap. “Scrap” is actually a misnomer. When components stop moving or their date codes approach expiration, distributors have the option to use their…

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Can We Trust the Future?

The Oxford Dictionary defines trust primarily as the “firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.” Brief history of trust When you really think about it, society could not function or expand without trust. Every day before you get into your car for your daily commute, you effectively trust it…

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Infographic: The Real Cost of Trucking

Much of the electronics supply chain in North America depends on ground shipping of parcels. There's the occasional complaint that FedEx and UPS exert too much pricing control on the supply chain, which puts cost pressures on small to midsized electronics firms. Shipping prices tend to get raised every year, and they're hard to pass…

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Industrial Semi: Turnkey Services Smooth Uncharted Waters

One of the growing issues for industrial companies, whether manufacturers or not, is navigating the complex, rapidly fluctuating, global electronics supply chain. As the gamut of products across multiple industrial market sectors increasingly carry more electronic components in their Bills of Materials (BoMs), the demand for turnkey services from experienced partners in the semiconductor and…

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The FedEx-UPS Duopoly

It gets a lot of supply chain professionals riled up: FedEx and UPS. That is, the duopoly, at least in North America, of the two dominant shippers. The electronics supply chain leans mostly on parcel ground shipping for its parts, and so price increases or capacity issues with the Big Two cause widespread ripples. Just…

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