Mobile Device Market Eludes HP

Hewlett-Packard Co. is taking another stab at the tablet market. This week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the company unveiled the HP Slate 7, a low-end tablet powered by the Android operating system and priced at $169. The product provides an affordable entry point for consumers looking to buy a tablet under…

Design-for-Test: Product Lifesaver

Imagine creating a product that couldn't be tested before shipping to a customer. Now, I realize just turning it on or trying it in a real-world application to see if it works is a fundamental practice that all companies use to verify product readiness. After all, if it doesn't turn on, or doesn't fit, or…

Automotive Electronics’ Supply Chain Impact

Irvine, Calif. — Back-up cameras seem almost quaint today, even though the technology is just moving into the mainstream automotive market. That's because there's a sense that technology is catching fire really quickly in automotive design, and not just at the high end. But what does this mean along the supply chain? We know automotive…

An Apple Smart Watch? Time Will Tell

Last week, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Bloomberg News all reported that unnamed sources have said Apple is developing a smart watch. These reports confirm that Apple wants to move beyond the iPad and iPhone, and is seeking a new challenge that will bring technology closer to the consumer in the…

Help Wanted: A ‘PhD’ in DfE

The global electronics market is moving so rapidly that we often embrace an idea before we really understand what it is. Case in point: design for environment (DfE). You can get a definition for DfE from Wikipedia: Design for the Environment Program (DfE) is a United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) program, created in 1992,…

Element14 Enhances Knode

LONDON — Element14, the first collaborative community and electronics store for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts and a part of global electronics distributor Premier Farnell [LON:PFL],has announced the launch of a newly updated version of its industry leading online knowledge tool, the Knode. The Knode on element14 is the only online resource for embedded and…