Dual-Footprint Devices can Reduce Supply Chain Risk

Reducing supply chain risk is typically a low priority when starting a new project. Device procurement often takes a back seat to goals such as the implementation of a new feature, improving circuit accuracy, precision, or increasing battery life. But with some creativity and forward thinking, minimizing supply chain risk is possible during device selection,…

Mouser Poised for Bounceback in EMEA Electronics Market

Even in the most challenging of economies, electronics companies design new products. Component makers and distributors that assist OEMs with their designs stand to benefit from high margins or volume orders once an item reaches mass production. Catalog distributors that specialize in low-volume, high-mix design and engineering orders, such as Mouser Electronics, weather market volatility…

DARPA, security, chip, design

DARPA Effort Embeds Security Into Chip Designs

The latest in a series of Pentagon semiconductor initiatives seeks to embed security features into chip designs that would allow silicon architects to probe economics-versus-security tradeoffs while baking in security throughout device lifecycles. The chip design effort represents continuing U.S. efforts to secure its electronics supply chain as semiconductors emerge as a choke point in…

Study: New Product Introductions Stalled by Covid-19

The electronics supply chain relies on new product introductions (NPI) to drive both innovation and sales. More than half (53 percent) of electronics industry product launches have been delayed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Dimensional Research study commissioned by Supplyframe. Covid-19 also has led to increased component costs, the need…

Waymo Driver Outlines Component-Rich Robocar

Waymo recently released via Youtube a lecture on “Waymo Driver,” the company’s fifth-generation robocar platform. Presented by YooJung Ahn, head of design at Waymo, the video clip shares the new platform’s basic design ideas. Ultimately, the trick that caught many industry observers’ eyes about the latest robocar was Waymo’s liberal use of various sensors, including…

Flex Envisions AR/VR in the Future of Manufacturing

As augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) technologies come of age, manufacturers are finding ways to adopt these technologies on a variety of  fronts, including product development, training, maintenance, repair and worker safety. Flex, a $25 billion electronics design and manufacturing services (EMS) provider, envisions expanding that universe even further. AR/VR is so important to the…