Understanding Alternate Sourcing, Part 2

When searching for an alternate part, there are basic requirements, procedures, and creative efforts that will provide timely and effective responses for identifying the appropriate replacement component needed for line-down factory emergencies. I discussed the fundamentals of the process in Understanding Alternate Sourcing, Part 1. Here's a checklist of steps I recommend for guaranteeing a…

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Horowitz Leaving Rambus Board

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Rambus Inc. (Nasdaq:RMBS), one of the world’s premier technology licensing companies, announced today that Dr. Mark Horowitz will step down as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors effective December 31, 2011, and will take a two-year leave of absence from his role as Chief Scientist. Dr. Horowitz indicated that his…

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Following the Grid

It's clear that the smart grid still has some challenges to overcome in developed regions such as the US. Securing the grid is becoming a growing concern, and the great number of legacy agencies already involved in the US grid makes a single solution unlikely, at least in the near-term. (See: Securing the Smart Grid.)…

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How Global Are Global Companies?

A few weeks ago it was reported that {complink 9284|Lenovo Group Ltd.} has displaced {complink 1544|Dell Inc.} as the No. 2 worldwide PC manufacturer, and is closing in on top-ranked {complink 2376|Hewlett-Packard Co.}. Lenovo's PC unit shipments grew by 14.5 percent in the third quarter of 2011, compared to HP's 5.9 percent growth rate and…

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Europe’s Energy Picture

As I read up on Germany's plan to move towards a no-nuke energy policy last week, I stumbled onto a stack of other interesting factoids that are worth sharing here and putting into broader context. (See: Germany’s Nuclear Power Predicament.) While Germany has been vocal in wanting to shut down its 17 nuclear power plants…

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Vitesse Posts Q4 Figures

CAMARILLO, Calif. — Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: VTSS), a leading provider of advanced IC solutions for Carrier and Enterprise networks, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and audited fiscal year ended September 30, 2011. Read the full press release. {complink 5981|Vitesse Semiconductor Corp.}

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How Would You Use WON?

The granddaddy of all polls — the Harris — has come up with a new method for measuring brand recognition. It's called word-of-network (WON℠), as opposed to word-of-mouth (WOM), and it's a fascinating idea. WON is WOM on steroids. According to a Harris Interactive press release, WON “offers quantitative categorization of comments about brands based…

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Clean Versus Dirty Cloud Computing

Everyone is moving to the cloud, leaving giant imprints on networks globally and potentially creating an environmental mess that may be hard to clean up, according to a recent report from {complink 1131|Cisco Systems Inc.} Internet and most other data traffic is fast migrating to the cloud, and some industry observers are saying mobile IT…

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