Should Reference Designs Be Free?

I just heard from the folks at Maxim, who are touting a new reference design called the Alameda — a flexible, high-accuracy 4-channel bipolar analog output that is targeted at industrial automation applications. Now, I fully understand the advantages of using a reference design, especially ones like the Alameda. It includes fully tested schematics, layout…

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Arrow Supporting Wavelex

Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) announced today the availability and full design-support capabilities for a new ultra-wideband, N-connectorized bias-T from Wavelex. The WBT0030N offers wide frequency band operation, from 10.0 MHz to 3.0 GHz, with a low insertion loss of 0.30 dB and 3000 mA DC current handling. It is versatile for a range of applications,…

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Gartner: SCM Software Market Hits $8.9B

With supply chain continuing to be a key source of competitive advantage in driving business growth objectives, the worldwide supply chain management (SCM) and procurement software market grew 7.3 percent to $8.9 billion in 2013. The market performed well as supply chain investments kept their priority status and moved forward, even as IT budget decision…

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When it Comes to Reverse Logistics, Flexibility Matters

Logistics is logistics is logistics– right?  Wrong.  The direction the product is moving in the supply chain – forward or backward – makes a difference. Forward logistics, or the forward supply chain, is all about getting the product to market.  In contrast, reverse logistics, or the aftermarket supply chain, is inclusive of events that move…

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Ichor Medical Partners With Flextronics

Flextronics (NASDAQ: FLEX), a leading end-to-end supply chain solutions company, announced that its Medical Group will provide design and manufacturing services to Ichor Medical Systems for the development of its next generation TriGrid™ DNA Delivery System, an electroporation device used to deliver DNA vaccines and treatments addressing a broad spectrum of disease indications. The TriGrid technology has recently been…

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WEEE Creating a Recycling Boon

Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) regulations have created awareness about the hazardous materials used in electronics products and the end-of-life recycling issues associated with electronics products. It's also creating a huge recycling market that may create new sourcing opportunities for the electronics supply chain. Depending on which…

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