Estonia: Tech’s New Innovation Hub

Every once in a while in this space, we talk about places turning heads with their budding entrepreneurial communities and technological innovations. Lately, Estonia is popping up on the radar screen. Estonia, a Northern European country with the highest GDP per person among former Soviet republics, is earning a reputation as a startup country and…

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Keeping the Faith With Apple

There’s no better time to point out that {complink 379|Apple Inc.} is infallible than the day everyone else is queuing up to applaud the company’s rollout of another great product. Today, the world’s most successful company by market value will unveil an update to its smartphone — that’s the expectation, anyway. Orders for the iPhone…

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Enhanced Visibility Key to Supply Chain Efficiency

As Tier 2 OEMs in the high-tech industry continue to expand their manufacturing footprint across multiple geographies, managing operational execution along multiple points in their extended supply network becomes increasingly complex. In many cases, an OEM’s manufacturing strategy uses a combination of multiple contract manufacturers (CM) and wholly owned subsidiaries. Each of these globally dispersed…

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450mm: It’s Different This Time

The move to 450mm semiconductor wafer size will inevitably be an inflection point for the industry, with enormous ramifications for the complete semiconductor ecosystem. Those firms with 450mm capability will enjoy a huge competitive advantage of staying on the More Moore node development roadmap, a potential 30 percent lower die cost advantage, and a more…

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When Taking Less Is Better

Without question, most electronics manufacturers and parts vendors have all been solicited for their excess inventories by multiple entities, many of them using the same tired “shtick” in their approach. Along those same lines, we’ve all received offers on our excess inventory — whether it is for an entire lot or a specific part —…

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Developing Messaging for Tech Marketers

This post provides a bit of applied behavioral science to help technologists who are asked or required to fill marketing roles in their organizations. A degree in electrical engineering or computer science probably didn’t prepare you well for this role. This is a very short course that should help. When developing strategic messaging, target-audience analysis…

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HP Needs a Higher Bar for Whitman

This may be news for the board of directors at {complink 2376|Hewlett-Packard Co.}, but shareholders are feeling too mangled right now to care whether new CEO Meg Whitman is getting $1 or $20 million in annual salary. They just want the mess at HP cleaned up quickly. If they still don’t understand this, here’s another…

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Korea’s Chaebol System a Boon to Samsung

When news broke yesterday that {complink 4751|Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.} and {complink 3426|Microsoft Corp.} had put away their knives and negotiated an end to a nasty patent fight over the Android operating system, many Asia-watchers took it as another example of South Korea’s enviable position in the Pacific supply network. While Japan has seen its…

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