Knowledge From Vertical Integration

Exactly what knowledge do market-leading companies gain from vertical integration? My thought process here considers a very high-level product design process. Though I will portray that process as linear and sequential, the reality is messier, iterative, and probably chaotic. For my purpose, the process starts with a market spec, which defines the customer experience (a…

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Cleantech: Getting Smarter, Going Further

It's the time of year when most people are evaluating recent trends and planning expectations for the coming quarters. It makes sense that we take a quick look, too, at the events unfolding in the broad, but increasingly popular, cleantech segment, which encompasses everything from smart meters and electricity grids to renewable energy and electric…

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10 Transformative Technology Events for 2012

What's ahead in 2012 for the technology industry? Current predictions for the global economy is for “slower growth” in 2012 due to Europe's fiscal weakness, slow expansion in North America, and potentials for declining exports for China. {complink 6856|Goldman Sachs & Co.}, for instance, predicts global economic growth of about 3 percent in 2012, “with…

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Former Avnet Exec Jim Smith Dies

A Message from Rick Hamada, Chief Executive Officer, Avnet, Inc. It is with sadness that I report to you that one of our former Avnet Executive Board members, Jim Smith, passed away this morning after losing his battle with a serious illness. As many of you know, Jim recently retired from Avnet and was an…

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Intel, Motorola Have Mobility Partnership

LAS VEGAS — Intel Corporation and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) announced that the two companies were entering into a multi-year, multi-device strategic relationship that includes smartphones which Motorola will begin shipping later this year using Intel® Atom™ processors and the Android™ platform. The collaboration, which also covers tablets, will combine Intel’s leadership in silicon processor…

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Apple’s Next Big Thing Will Be Huge

If your company has been going up against {complink 379|Apple Inc.} in the smartphone, tablet PC, or digital music player markets, be very afraid. Apple's return salvo may catch you completely by surprise. The company has been too quiet recently. Ominously quiet. The silence can only mean one thing: Apple will come out soon with…

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Raltron, CCI Sign Distribution Deal

MIAMI — It was announced today that Raltron Electronics Corp., Miami FL had completed an agreement appointing CCI-Commodity Components International, as an authorized Raltron distributor throughout the globe. In announcing this appointment, Sasha Wolloch, Raltron President, comments, ”Our agreement with CCI , a distributor with offices strategically located around the world marketplace, provides Raltron with…

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Renesas Names Sebt President & CEO

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Renesas Electronics America Inc. today named Ali Sebt president and chief executive officer. Sebt, a 20-year Renesas veteran, succeeds outgoing president and CEO Daniel Mahoney, who has retired from the company. Sebt joined Renesas Electronics America (formerly Hitachi Semiconductor America) in 1991 and most recently served as the company’s chief operating…

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