Molex Makes Big Move into Smart LED Lighting

In a move to bolster its LED lighting solutions business, Molex, LLC  is launching its Transcend Connected Lighting System in collaboration with Cisco and luminaire manufacturer partners. The new system is designed to accelerate the deployment of smart LED lighting control using secure network architectures in commercial buildings, educational facilities, healthcare facilities, and manufacturing and…

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Sound Bites From the ECIA Conference

As usual, the annual ECIA Executive Conference was a mix of information and inspiration. Attendees of the conference this year, held Oct. 25-27, found out what happened to the FIRST competition winner of 2013; how to take a proper selfie, and the difference between French fries and crisps. On a more serious note, presenters broke…

Electronics Makers Forge Alliances for IoT Opportunities

Electronics manufacturers are forming alliances, partnerships and joint ventures in the global supply chain to tap sales opportunities for connected devices and better position themselves to service the growing market for the Internet of Things (IoT). The number of these alliances forged by OEMs, contract manufacturers, component suppliers, design firms and distributors has surged in…

Cisco Awards Kemet

Greenville, S.C.– KEMET Corporation (NYSE: KEM), a leading global supplier of electronic components, today announced that it has received the 2015 Excellence in Sustainability Award from Cisco®. This prestigious award recognizes KEMET for demonstrating sustainability leadership above and beyond Cisco’s supplier code of conduct, and embodying the spirit of collaboration. The distinction was awarded during Cisco’s 24th…

Industrial Internet Reference Architecture Released

As “cool” as smart homes may be, the success of the Internet of Things (IoT) may rely more on industrial applications.  In the electronics industry, consumer products have a relatively short lifecycle while the industrial market boasts long equipment lifespans and stability. How quickly either market will ramp up, however, depends largely on the ability…

Market Cycles Challenge Electronics Buyers

The electronics industry is changing in fundamental ways and the shifts taking place are raising questions about whether the industry is less cyclical than it used to be. It’s a topic of conversation increasingly being discussed among analysts and corporate executives who are looking at the past as a way to understand today’s electronics landscape.…

Electronics Buyers’ Environmental Role Expands

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is reporting that a growing group of purchasers, including procurement managers in the electronics industry, are increasing their involvement in efforts to collect and share data on environmental risk among their suppliers. Not only has the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) recently teamed with CDP to increase the number of…

IoT a ‘Game Changer’ in Logistics

Although there is always a base of users that want “cool” technology, utility is usually the driver of widespread adoption. The Internet of Things (IoT) is being touted as a solution to many problems, including the interconnectivity of the supply chain. Companies such as E2Open and GT Nexus have developed platforms that allow members of…