What Apple Gains by Sinking $1B into Didi

MADISON, Wis.—Apple’s $1 billion investment in China’s leading ride-hailing service company Didi Chuxing has surprised automotive industry observers. But it makes one thing clear: “It sort of tips Apple’s hand,” Egil Juliussen, director of research, Infotainment & ADAS at IHS Automotive, told EE Times. “Apple is developing driverless cars.” That cool billion is likely to…

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The Disruptor of My Disruptor is My Friend

Heraclitus, a Greek Philosopher, said, “Everything changes and nothing stands still.” Since this was said almost three millennia ago, the pace of change has increased exponentially. Technology has propelled and disrupted all areas of society, driving changes from the way people interact with each other to how businesses interact with customers.  The rise of omnichannel…

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How to Extract Maximum Value from Excess Electronic Inventory

What if I told you that you had many thousands, perhaps millions of dollars slowly evaporating on your warehouse shelves? If you are a manufacturer of products that incorporate electronics, this situation almost certainly describes you. Inventory oversupply, mismatches and material obsolescence are perpetual pain points in the electronics supply chain. It’s a knotty, multi-billion-dollar…

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Diamond ICs May Finally Debut

LAKE WALES Fla.—Diamonds may soon be the semiconductor industry's “best friend.” Startup Akhan Semiconductor Inc. (Gurnee, Ill.) plans to make the promise of diamonds come true by licensing the diamond semiconductor process from the U.S. Energy Department's Argonne National Laboratory (Lemont, Ill.). Diamond semiconductors have been known to be faster, consume less power, be thinner…

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TTI Stocks Vishay UFPMA/UFPMC

TTI, Inc., a world leading specialist distributor of electronic components, now stocks the ultra-thin UFPMA/UFPMC series displacement sensors from Vishay for use in Defense, Aerospace & Space applications in Europe. The components are flexible potentiometer membranes and represent a new generation of linear or angular position measurement. UFPMA/UFPMC series sensors benefit from a very high…

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DoD Reorgs Silicon Valley Outpost

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – In an effort to speed soldiers’ access to new technologies, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter returned to Silicon Valley to reorganize the new outpost he set up here a year ago. Carter named a slate of high tech executives from companies including Google and Apple to oversee the Defense Innovation Unit…

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