SIA, SRC Call for Increased Research Investments

Leaders in the tech industry and academia, led by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), are calling out the industry to make increased research investments to help boost tech leadership in the U.S. as well as to advance new transformative technologies including the Internet of Things (IoT). A new study released…

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Buyers’ Scarcest Commodity? Time

Procurement specialists have to focus on a lot of issues strategic to their organizations. But what is the problem that most bedevils buyers themselves? Time management. PrimeAdvantage, a buying consortium of small and midsize manufacturers, found time was the scarcest commodity among respondents to its 2015 survey. Because of  time limitations, 63 percent of respondents said…

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Schneider Electric Opens New Mfg Facility

Palatine, Ill. — Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, today announced the grand opening of its new manufacturing location in Livermore, California. The facility will serve as a West Coast hub for the U.S. Services team, offering improved customer service for Schneider Electric’s local customers while also supporting the production of Schneider…

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Yet Another (Unharmonzied) RoHS?

On August 3, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) issued a draft regulation, clearly based on the current European Union RoHS Directive, 2011/65/EU, for comment to the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (WTO TBT) Committee. The regulation proposes to cover the same 11 categories of Electrical and Electronic Equipment, provides the same scope exclusions,…

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Qualcomm Unveils Reference Board for Drones

San Diego, Calif. — Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has introduced Qualcomm® Snapdragon Flight™, a highly optimized 58x40mm board targeted specifically for consumer drones and robotics applications. Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight is based on a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801 processor, along with robust connectivity, advanced drone software and development tools, bringing cutting-edge…

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RS Signs B&R Enclosures

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc(LSE: ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has entered a supply agreement with B&R Enclosures, Australasia’s leading specialist in the design and manufacture of enclosures, racks and cabinets. The partnership enables customers in Australia and New Zealand to benefit from RS’ eCommerce strengths. RS is continually adding leading Australasian brands to its range for…

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Counterfeiting: The Rising Threat to Electronics Manufacturers

As a serious challenge to today's global electronics supply chain, counterfeiting and gray market diversion of electronics components threaten the integrity of products for manufacturers. Counterfeits and obsolete electronics components contribute to dangerous business exposure for manufacturer's customers, and compromise health and safety for consumers. Clearly, new solutions are needed to improve electronics supply chain…

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