Making a Smartphone World

It's a smartphone world, and becoming more so every day, especially in parts of the world that are finally able to access and afford this kind of technology.  While Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) win attention for their promising smartphone adoption and potential growth, simply because the sheer size of their populations…

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Electronics Hardware Sales Weaken on Digitization Efforts

Electronics hardware sales have weakened and the market will remain under pressure for years as enterprises globally redirect IT resources to the more pressing efforts of digitizing operations to remain competitive in a fast-changing economic climate. The digitization of manufacturing and service operations, combined with the harsh realities of an uncertain economic environment, will in…

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Display IP Drives Foxconn-Sharp Deal

Ongoing consolidation has me sometimes feeling that the semiconductor and electronics industry is a shrinking group of major corporations representing leading sectors. The headlining M&A story of the year—so far– is the Foxconn-Sharp merger penned at the beginning of April, but which began in 2012. The seesaw story of Sharp’s financial troubles plagued the company for…

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3D-Printed Satellite Antenna Is Just One Piece

With an eye toward building space-qualified radio-frequency (RF) components for Earth observation and science instruments, the European Space Agency (ESA) has 3D printed a satellite antenna designed as a single part. The antenna is now being tested in the agency's Compact Antenna Test Facility, located at ESA’s ESTEC technical center in the Netherlands. The prototype…

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Dry Heat Proves Hazardous to PCB Assembly

Contract manufacturers tend to showcase their latest equipment for printed circuit board (PCB) assembly. As a buyer, you should also audit the less exciting aspects of your manufacturing partners' operations, to see if these areas are keeping pace with the more visible changes.   One such aspect is humidity control. Here a manufacturer has to…

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