Don’t Dictate – Collaborate

The electronics supply chain faces a number of challenges when it comes to establishing compliance with various laws and practices. Just as the industry seems to have RoHS figured out, the REACH chemical-restriction initiative comes along. Most recently, the US government is poised to ask companies to prove they don’t use so-called “conflict minerals.” (See:…

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Fairchild Semiconductor to Focus on Smart Grid Technology at electronica 2010

SAN JOSE, Calif.–Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE: FCS), a leading global supplier of high performance power and mobile products, will demo its latest technological advancements for mobile applications, as well as power solutions that focus on the smart grid at electronica 2010. Held in Munich, Germany, 9-12 November, Fairchild’s booth (Hall A4, #506) will feature technology demonstrations…

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Counterfeiting Hurts the High-Tech Supply Chain

Counterfeiting is not unique to semiconductors; in fact, it’s not even a new idea. Counterfeit and substandard products enter the global supply chain every day and have a negative effect on many industries: money/currency, stamps, clothing/fashion, wine, toys, computer hardware and software, electronic devices, semiconductors… and I’m sure you can think of others. Earlier this…

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The Great Creativity Crisis

Creativity in all its varieties has been on my mind lately. Despite living in Barcelona, one of Europe’s edgy, art-inspiring cities, my imaginative brain limps through occasional bouts of “uncreative conformity.” People have expectations. I do what they want me to do. They’re happy, and my bills get paid. Frequently, I wake up with random…

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