Amazon Plays Hardball with Electronics Distributors

Since launching in April 2015, Amazon’s new business-to-business (B2B) marketplace has been doing some tidy business. Inside a year, Amazon Business has topped $1 billion in sales and hit a month-over-month growth rate of 20%.  Amazon’s progress should be worrisome for electronics distributors everywhere. By empowering third-party sellers to reach new markets at virtually zero…

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Q’comm Returns Fire in Apple Suit

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Apple refused to pay cellular chip royalties, pressured its contract manufacturers not to pay them, instigated regulatory investigations and throttled performance of an LTE modem chip, according to Qualcomm. The charges are contained in a 134-page court document the chip vendor filed in response to Apple’s $1 billion suit filed in January. Apple alleged…

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How the SEC’s Shift on Conflict Minerals Will Impact Electronics

Portions of the electronics industry are applauding a policy shift toward the so-called “conflict minerals” rule that requires publicly traded U.S. companies to disclose the use of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG) sourced from war-torn regions of Africa. Acting Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Michael Piwowar has directed agency staff to reconsider how companies…

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16 High-Tech Companies Setting the Standard for Business Ethics

Increasingly, corporate responsibility in many leading organizations goes way beyond creating codes or green-washing corporate messaging. In fact, industry powerhouses understand that leading in terms of creating and following ethical practices of all kinds is just good business. The Ethisphere 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company ranking identified the 124 honorees in 19 countries and 52…

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The Next-Gen of Digital Displays: Holographic Optical Elements

Advances in light-emitting diode (LED) technology continue to bring new opportunities in digital displays. Existing optical technologies are also benefiting from the LED boom, specifically holographic optical elements (HOEs). Holographic optical elements are holographic images embedded onto a thin, clear photopolymer film that can be applied to glass or plastic surfaces. When a light source,…

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Foundries Need Clear Benchmarks

For some time now, foundries have named their latest process nodes based on their desired market positioning more than any transparent benchmark. It’s time the shenanigans stop. Intel recently proposed a simple but somewhat self-serving density metric. The response from rival foundries was a deafening silence. I suspect that Intel has an edge in transistor density, something its competitors…

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Robo-Cars Need Relationship Map

MADISON, Wis. – To sort out what’s going on with autonomous car development among chip vendors, Tier Ones, tech companies and car OEMs, the ideal solution might be a “relationship map” to illustrate who’s in bed with whom on highly automated vehicle platforms. Even if it doesn’t quite rival the messy relationships in a daytime…

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Brexit: Supply Chains Need to Get Ready

Electronics manufacturing stretches across the world so that shifts in one country inevitably affect everyone. Likely, the planned withdrawal of Britain from the European Union (Brexit) late next year will create ripples that we are only just coming to understand. Consider these hard figures. According to EEF, UK manufacturing currently: employs 2.7 million people contributes 10% of…

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