6 Steps to Closing the Reverse Logistics Loop

To get the most out of reverse logistics efforts, electronics OEMs need to create a closed loop system that maximizes product and material management. That can take time and effort, but can result in substantial return on investment. “Typically, when an OEM, who has the biggest responsibility for reverse logistics and the largest investment in…

7 Controllers for Internet of Things

MUNICH — The Internet of Things took a dominant role at the 2014 Electronica Show in Munich, Germany. Developing ultra-low-power nodes for sensors that can be connected wirelessly to the wider Internet is opening up many different design options, and both silicon and embedded software suppliers are developing a variety of architectural approaches. New silicon…

Moore’s Law Has No End in Sight

Gallium arsenide (GaAs) will soon outpace silicon (Si) as a higher-performance choice for implementing integrated circuits, according to POET Technologies Inc. of Storrs-Mansfield, Conn. The handwriting has been on the wall since the 1980s, according to Geoff Taylor, a former Bell Labs scientist and co-founder and chief scientist at POET. According to Taylor, GaAs, as…

China Launching Its Own OS, Seriously?

PARIS — Xinhua, China's news agency, reported Aug. 24 that China's homegrown operating system will be unveiled in October. Xinhua quoted Ni Guangnan of the Chinese Academy of Engineering saying that the OS will be first seen on desktop devices and later expanded to smartphones and other mobile devices. Ni's comments were originally reported by…

Brazil’s Path to Hardware Manufacturing at Home

SAO PAULO — Brazil's policies on imported goods are hurting the country's economy. But engineers can do something about it. That was the message delivered by Jon “Maddog” Hall, president of Linux International, in his keynote at the opening day of the Embedded Systems Conference in Sao Paulo. “There are many reasons that more companies…

The Limits of Moore’s Law Limits

PORTLAND, Ore. — Every engineer is worried whether Moore's Law (that the density of transistors will double every two years) can be extended forever. So far, merely scaling to smaller sizes has kept Moore's Law in play, but now that we are approaching the atomic scale, many see the handwriting on the wall: When you…

Intel Outlines 14nm, Broadwell

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Intel provided the first details of its 14nm process technology, now qualified for volume production in an Oregon fab, and gave a sneak peak at Broadwell, its first CPU to use it. Intel claims its 14nm process delivers a lower cost per transistor than its 22nm node thanks to aggressive area…