Why Crowd Funded Hardware Projects Fail

#HardwareIsHard. Crowd funding projects are getting a bad rap these days. Too many are failing and for an avoidable reason. The electronic hardware. If your project involves electronic hardware, read on. We have all been conditioned as consumers to expect perfect phones, watches, speaker assistants, etc. to just appear in the market seemingly without effort.…

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Exploding the Myth of the Simple Digital Twin

When we talk about a digital twin, we are referring to the digital representation of a unique thing that exists in reality. Digital twins leverage the ‘twin’ concept. While they are not exactly physically identical, they represent characteristics and appearance. The concept of using a representation as a means of research and simulation is not…

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obsolescence, management, electronics, EOL

Component Obsolescence: Managing the Unmanageable

Manufacturers of long-lifecycle products have been trying to “manage” component obsolescence for decades. The decision to end a device’s useful life (EOL) is solely in the hands of original component manufacturers (OCMs). Therefore, equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have been largely forced into a reactive, rather than proactive, stance in terms of obsolescence management. The challenges have…

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TSMC WannaCry Infection Forces Shutdowns, Financial Losses

On August 3, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC), the largest chip fabricator globally introduced a WannaCry Ransomware cryptoworm variant onto its information technology/operational technology (IT/OT) networks. A TSMC supplier installed infected software on a new fabrication tool and connected it to the network, facilitating the malware infestation. The infection spread quickly, taking out 10,000+…

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Mouser Stocks Laird’s FlexMIMO

Mouser Electronics, Inc., the authorized global distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking the FlexMIMO dual-band MIMO antenna from Laird, the industry’s first flexible PIFA antenna for 802.11 Wi-Fi multiple input/multiple output (MIMO) applications. The FlexMIMO includes two integrated 2.4/5 GHz dual-band antenna elements specifically designed for MIMO applications, such as…

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ECIA Issues Prop 65 Advisory

ECIA’s Global Industry Practices Council (GIPC) has compiled information to encourage members to consider measures surrounding Proposition 65 in California. According to the Advisory, the original Proposition 65 Safe Water and Toxic Enforcement Act was passed by California ballot in 1986 in the interest of protecting consumers from substances that cause cancer and reproductive harm.…

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Rutronik Releases Bluetooth Study

Engineers at Rutronik, a leading global broad-line stocking distributor of a comprehensive range of electronic components, semiconductors, and products and technology solutions for IoT and embedded systems, have conducted a new study on the latest generation of Bluetooth Low Energy through a series of extensive real-world tests. Aimed at determining the communication range, data throughput,…

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KP Performance Antennas Inks Deal With Crossover

KP Performance Antennas, a manufacturer of point-to-point and point-to-multipoint wireless network antennas, signs Ontario, Canada-based Crossover as an authorized stocking distributor covering North America. Crossover has entered into an agreement to offer KP’s complete line of antennas and accessories, joining a growing network of distribution partners and resellers providing full-service sales, engineering, technical support and…

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