Flextech Guru Helps U.S. Stretch

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Malcolm Thompson understands global techno-politics. Back in the day, he led an effort to revive LCD display manufacturing in the U.S. These days most panels are made in Korea and China, but the U.S. did get a strategic piece of the pie. Now Thompson is leading a very different effort to…

Shorten Your Cash-to-Cash Cycle to Unlock Supply Chain Value

Many European companies are working hard to solve their “captive cash” problem, improve their cash-to-cash cycle, and manage their financial and supply chain risk across complex markets and supplier agreements. But the two primary approaches they take—supply chain finance and working capital reduction—result in very different supply chain outcomes. Using supply chain finance or “reverse…

Cloud Manufacturing for Quick Prototype Production

For many engineers and developers working in a hardware startup, getting ideas from paper to prototype can be the rockiest part of the manufacturing process. MacroFab is working to make small-batch manufacturing of printed circuit boards easier and more affordable through the use of what it calls “cloud manufacturing.” “We are eliminating humans as much…

Books to Restore Economy, Prosperity & Sustain Progress of Knowledge-based Economy

Sustaining Moore's Law A new book authored by Apek Mulay and published by Morgan & Claypool publishers, “Sustaining Moore's Law: Uncertainty leading to a certainty of IoT Revolution ,” (www.ApekMulay.com), presents free market economic solutions for sustaining the progress of today's knowledge based economy. Moore's Law has provided a predictable business model for the semiconductor manufacturing…

Capturing Sweet Success in S&OP

Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) is not a new idea, but many organizations report that their efforts have been less than effective. As the saying goes, though, when you get lemons, it's a good time to make lemonade. That is, rather than a point of failure, S&OP improvement offers an opportunity for great improvement. In…

Broadcom Tackles 5 Questions on Ethernet in Cars

MADISON, Wis. — Right now, not many people in the know are willing to bet against the future that includes Ethernet in cars. Yet, angst and confusion continues to swirl around “automotive Ethernet” – whether this refers to the upcoming IEEE 802.3bw standard (also known as 100BASE-T1), the Broadcom-pioneered “BroadR-Reach” spec defined by the OPEN…

Make In India Could Collapse Indian Economy

Ten months ago, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched his signature Make In India initiative to transform India into a global manufacturing hub. Less than a month later, I released the first book in United States to explore the macroeconomics of global semiconductor business (titled Mass Capitalism: A Blueprint for Economic Revival). With a patriotic…