Electronica 2014: IoT Is a Key Innovation Driver

Electronic component manufacturers and distributors are getting ready to converge at Electronica 2014, November 11-14, in Munich, Germany. One of the biggest topics of discussion at the show will be the Internet of Things (IoT) and its huge growth potential for the electronics industry ranging from networked medical devices to smart homes and connected vehicles.…

IP&E Suppliers Target Military Markets

Over the past month, there has been an uptick in military-related partnerships, services, and products in the interconnect, passive, and electromechanical (IP&E) industry. It may be due to MILCOM 2014 (Military Communications Conference) held earlier this month, but in any case, electronic component manufacturers and distributors are putting a lot more focus on the military…

Local Knowledge Extends Quality in Global Supply Chains

Diversification and expansion in the electronics market poses many challenges: there is a rapid emergence of new markets, an extension of supply chains, increased logistics and reverse logistics demands, not to mention rapidly growing, intense competition from new, locally-based OEMs. These market challenges are repeated across regions; they are similar regardless of point of origin…

Navigating the Dev Kit Market

The development kit will play an important role in changing the electronics industry – for designers, distributors and purchasing professionals alike. In the last year alone development kits were used in 45 percent of all designs, according to an element14 survey. Today’s development tools have become so sophisticated, it’s easy to forget they were once…

Five Tips for Combating Counterfeit Components

Counterfeit components are a $100 billion industry. Counterfeits are now estimated to comprise between five and 25 percent of all available parts. As the marketplace for engineers has become increasingly fast-moving and competitive, many purchasing professionals and distributors have cut corners to accommodate faster product turnaround schedules. This is has allowed gray market electronics to…

Design Tools Proliferate in the Supply Chain

The design tool, which used to be in the realm of CAD, CAM and EDA providers, is no longer restricted to proprietary, complex, expensive and suite-level solutions. Although they differ vastly from their CAD/CAM/EDA predecessors, design tools provided by suppliers and distributors have the same goal in mind: making it easier for designers to get…

BBG Enterprises Launches IP&E Marketplace

The new and one-of-a-kind marketplace serving electronic component manufacturers, distributors, raw material suppliers, designers and buyers within the interconnect, passive and electromechanical (IP&E) ecosystem is now live at http://www.IPEMarketplace.com. Designed and launched by BBG Enterprises Inc., the parent company of Electronics Purchasing Strategies magazine, and developed by New Angle Media on its proprietary wynd™ software platform, IP&E Marketplace…