China Presents Opportunities & Challenges

There's no denying it: China is important in the electronics industry. At a global level, it exports more products than any other country and is second largest when measured by imports. A variety of challenges, including cross-boarder documentation, licensing requirements, and regulatory compliance, makes doing business in China challenging at best. At the same time,…

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10 Holiday Gifts for Tech Lovers

I can't believe I'm writing this post in early November, 1.5 months before Christmas. Then again, I noticed that brick-and-mortar stores were already putting up their holiday-shopping displays before Halloween this year , and I've also been seeing “leaked” Black Friday (day after Thanksgiving sales) ad previews since the beginning of the month, so maybe…

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4 Ways to Boost Supply Chain Performance Through Better Logistics

Transporting goods quickly and efficiently is a complicated process that requires coordinating and managing different variables within a fast-paced and volatile environment. In a just-in-time environment, it's critical to carry just enough inventory, but to get there, OEMs require visibility throughout their supply chain. Supply chain performance can be made substantially better by improving logistic…

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Is Your Supply Chain Ready for the Avalanche of ‘Things’

High-tech companies focus so much on discovering “the next killer applications” they too often miss tectonic shifts already taking place around us. 2014 has been such a deceptive year. The global economy is tracking sideways and manufacturing pace has slowed down in China, Germany and other key production countries. That doesn’t bode well for end-of-year…

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Making the Grade in Industrial Design

As every developer knows, there are the paper specifications for a product design, and then there are the real requirements. The paper specs are dry, bland, and rigidly numeric, making them great as metrics but a poor guide to creating a design that will function properly in real-world conditions. Only experience can show you the…

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IoT Will Bring Growth, But Also Price Pressure

For hardware and component vendors, the Internet of Things (IoT) represents the opportunity to sell lots of parts — particularly sensors – to OEMs. But as several research firms point out, the IoT won’t do anyone much good without the ability to communicate and measure the data that’s being produced by smart machines. “IoT devices…

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IPC: October PCB Orders Increased

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the October findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Orders increased sharply, driving up the book-to-bill ratio, while sales remained flat. Total North American PCB shipments increased 0.8 percent in October 2014 from October 2013, bringing year-to-date shipment growth to -1.0 percent. Compared…

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