Arrow Electronics: A Necessary Evolution in a Perilous Market

Arrow Electronics Inc. is knee-deep in the most consequential evolution in its history, one that has the potential to result in a complete transformation of its business and heavily impact the entire electronics value chain by forcing a reshaping of the design, engineering, new product introduction, procurement and the entire supply chain. Once finished, the…

Boards, Chips and Packaging: Hardware Takes Center Stage

Today’s electronic products have become so sophisticated and ubiquitous that we have come to expect that each new generation will address both our current and future needs. Years ago, the industry was hardware-centric and driven by “big iron” products. Capacity and functionality were thoroughly dependent upon increasingly complex hardware. Think of the movies of the…

Cypress & Arrow Announce Design Challenge Winner

Cypress Semiconductor Corp., and Arrow Electronics have announced the winners of the PSoC Pioneer Challenge, a global design competition that had engineers prototype new Internet of Things applications using Cypress’s PSoC 4 BLE Pioneer Kit. The winner is Chuck Swiger of Charleston, W.V., whose electric bicycle data collection and logging system claimed the $2,500 grand…

Intel Invades OEM Design World

Intel Corp. isn’t staying on the sidelines as OEMs review their design operations to improve efficiencies, slash costs and accelerate product time-to-market. The semiconductor vendor is directly inserting itself into the design environment with the hopes of cementing existing relationships and forging new ones as major technology developments and shifting consumer and enterprise demands drive…

Even Electronics Design is now a Commodity

Electronics design – the last bastion of fat margins for electronics manufacturers – is the latest victim of the waves of commoditization that have eroded margins in the high-tech market for decades. Efforts to fight commoditization in recent years have focused industry resources on differentiation primarily in the design of proprietary products but even this…

Essential Design Tips for Purchasing Pros

One of the most effective means of communication is by means of an illustration. If that illustration contains dimensional data and design characteristics that predict what a future product may look like, then the illustration can be referred to as a concept drawing. A concept drawing does not contain critical parametric or component values because…