4 Steps to Bring Business Intelligence to Your Supply Chain

Knowledge is power, especially in the electronics supply chain.  Once available only to big OEMs with big IT budgets, business intelligence (BI) capabilities are becoming affordable and implementable for even mid-sized manufacturing organizations. “I would say that business intelligence has a slightly stronger foothold in the electronics industry today than it has in the past,”…

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The Distribution Channel: Times Are A-Changing

Technology and other factors have transformed the underlying dynamics of procurement to the extent that distributor relationships are changing radically. According to a UPS and analyst firm TNS survey of over 1,500 procurement professionals, changing customer expectations, direct-from-manufacturer selling, e-commerce, and the emergence of millennials among buyers are having profound effects on the distribution model. “It…

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Arrow e-Commerce Push Energizes Verical Unit

Globalization and e-commerce have arguably stripped away many of the boundaries constraining the sale of electronic components. Regional franchises are all but extinct and global customers can better duplicate, port and execute their supply chain requirements across the globe. But silos that separate one unit of a business from the others still exist both internally…

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CMOS Image Sensors Deliver High Growth

The CMOS image sensor market is on track to grow 15 percent in 2015, reaching $10.1 billion, after a strong increase of 19 percent in 2014, according to IC Insights. This is after only four percent growth in 2013 due to price erosion and inventory corrections in the camera phone market, said the market researcher.…

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OmniVision Develops Image Sensor for Medical Imaging

Santa Clara, Calif. —  OmniVision Technologies, Inc. introduced a new ultra-compact CameraChip sensor for medical and industrial applications. The 1/18-inch OV6946 captures 400 x 400 pixel resolution images and video with excellent color fidelity in a small 0.9- x 0.9-mm package that consumes low power. In addition, it offers a width of 1.65 mm and a…

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Mexico Leads Latin American Electronics Production

As electronics vendors continue to scout for the best locations to expand their production operations or open new facilities a new study shows that Mexico will continue to lead electronic manufacturing growth in Latin America through 2016. The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) Foundation’s biannual report examines the latest trends in Latin America’s…

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A Peek Inside a Buyer’s Toolkit

Buyers have a host of tools at their disposal to help them do their jobs better and faster. These electronics components inventory search and/or data aggregator websites have one thing in common – delivering parts data that range from supply chain information including lead times, pricing, lifecycle/obsolescence information, and environmental compliance data;  to technical specifications…

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Should Altera Worry About Intel’s M&A Record?

MADISON, Wis. — Altera’s fate after its pending acquisition by Intel is anybody’s guess, but in the meantime, the respected programmable logic device manufacturer’s product, technology roadmap and employees clearly are on tenterhooks. At the moment, indications are that Intel is treating Altera with kid gloves, while plotting its integration with extreme care. Intel’s customer…

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Materials Improvement Will Aid OLED Growth

One of the issues holding widespread OLED – organic light emitting diode—adoption is limitation and cost of materials. OLED displays can be constructed by spraying ink-like materials onto a substrate—even flexible materials such as plastic. Starting in the second half of 2015, the overall consumption of active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) materials will surge according…

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