Robotic Revolution

In one of my last articles, I mentioned the robot workforce planned for deployment by {complink 2125|Foxconn Electronics Inc.} over the next three years. In an article on CNET that I read recently, I saw how much these worker robots will cost the company. CNET pulled its information from a report on Singularityhub.com. Here's an…

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Getting the Tech News Out

In most tech sectors, journalists want highly relevant news for their readers, which may be delivered in any number of ways, including the now often-questioned news release. The information just has to be newsworthy . There's nothing at all new about this. Yet many organizations still issue “My Cat Had Kittens” sorts of announcements and…

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Avnet EMA Adds Digi International

PHOENIX — Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today announced it has signed a distribution agreement with Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII), a leading provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions. The agreement provides Avnet's customers with access to Digi’s broad range of ARM-based embedded wired and wireless modules, wireless routers and…

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Master Distributors Offers E-Switch Devices

SANTA MONICA, CA — Master Distributors, a leading distributor of electromechanical, interconnect and passive components, announces that it now carries TL3240 Series and TL3210 Series illuminated tact switches from E-Switch. Both series are surface mount (SMT) switches that offer LED illumination in a variety of colors for applications such as the audio/visual market, computer peripherals,…

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The Channel Reaches Out to Design Engineers

As the boundaries between design engineering and purchasing have blurred, the electronics supply chain has shifted. What is commonly referred to as the design chain now caters to engineering as well as purchasing, but the transition hasn't been easy. The supply chain can't always deliver what engineering needs. Traditionally, engineers haven't had to worry about…

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Lessons for HP & Other OEMs From Vermont

{complink 2376|Hewlett-Packard Co.} has had another blow dealt to its reputation. A report from the Associated Press reveals that a contract to modernize computer systems at the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles has been canceled after more than $18.5 million dollars and six years of work toward the modernization effort. The project, which began in…

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STMicro Shifts Strategy, Dumps ST-Ericsson

{complink 5218|STMicroelectronics NV} announced today that it was taking a new strategic direction, which will include exiting its chipmaking joint venture with {complink 1879|Ericsson AB}. Long a drag on the European bellwether's balance sheet, Geneva-based semiconductor maker STMicro will pull out of the joint venture it formed in 2009 with telecommunications OEM Ericsson to produce…

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