M2M Redefines the Supply Chain and Transportation

Operational visibility – knowing where a shipment is and monitoring the environmental conditions in near real-time of cargo in-transit – is becoming an important tool for the supply chain and the transportation industries, according to a new survey of shippers and logistics providers conducted by eyefortransport (eft) in conjunction with AT&T. One way to gather…

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REE Prices Spike Following China Embargo

Rare earth elements (REEs) differ significantly from conflict minerals in all but one aspect: their availability—or lack thereof—has the potential to disrupt the electronics supply chain. REEs are exactly as they sound: compounds that appear in nature that are scarce or difficult to mine. Conflict minerals – also natural elements – are concentrated in regions…

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ON & Transphorm Partner on GaN

ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN), driving energy efficient innovations, and power conversion specialist Transphorm have announced a newly formed partnership to co-develop and co-market gallium nitride (GaN) based products and power system solutions for a variety of high voltage applications in the industrial, computing, telecom and networking sectors. This strategic partnership leverages strengths inherent in both…

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Design as a Craft, Not a Commodity

Gadi Amit, founder and principal designer of the San Francisco firm NewDealDesign, kicked off the inaugural Designers of Things (DoT) conference here in San Francisco, setting off a discussion that echoed throughout the day of Internet of Things (IoT), wearables, and 3D printing panels and presentations: matching rational (or business) factors to emotional (or human)…

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Avnet Velocity’s Pascal Fernandez to Present at Supply Chain Council Europe Conference

PHOENIX — Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a leading global technology distributor, today announced that Pascal Fernandez, vice president of Avnet Velocity, EMEA, will present a case study on collaborative supply chains at the Supply Chain Council Europe 2014 conference. The event is scheduled to take place on September 29, 2014, at the Dorint Pallas Wiesbaden…

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Study: Supply Chain Leaders Invest Heavily in Tech

Effectively reaching rapidly-developing emerging markets is often a challenge for businesses that require bricks as well as clicks. For example, unlike the travel industry – where an inventory of airline seats or hotel rooms is literally virtual – the electronics industry requires its inventory to stored and physically moved around the globe. Technology, of course, has…

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Toshiba Launches Online Design Tool

Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) has announced an online design tool that helps engineers to analyse the performance of components for the power stages of embedded designs and improve overall system effectiveness and efficiency. The Toshiba Semiconductor Web Simulator enables users to simulate MOSFET performance under various voltage and temperature conditions, and to analyse their switching…

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