Doing More With Less

Electronics components suppliers are part of the trend that's driving distributors further down the design chain. As their engineering resources are cut, component makers are focusing on supporting only their largest customers, leaving distributors to pick up the slack. “Many [of our suppliers] do not have the resources to support the broad and growing customer…

Dell: The Travails of a Comeback Kid

{complink 1544|Dell Inc.} isn't fighting for survival or relevance, and neither is it trying to convince shareholders the headwinds it faces cannot be contained. Not anymore. Although problems remain in its operations, the embattled company has fought back gamely from the ugly fiscal 2010 revenue dip (down 13 percent to $52.9 billion vs. $61.1 billion…

High-Tech, Low Stress

This is a good time to be in the high-tech business. Revenues are growing at a solid pace; profits are strong across the board; debts are low; innovative companies are cranking out winners; equity valuations are setting records; consumers can't wait for the next electronics device; and businesses are similarly eager to adopt whatever technologies…

Where Are the ‘Other’ Tablet PCs?

Three months after hearing everyone at the Mobile World Congress rave about every possible flavor of tablet likely to blanket the global market, I've got to say the alleged multi-brand omnipresence seems to be still alleged, at least where I am. The other day, I walked around Barcelona with fellow EBN blogger Marc Herman to…

More Money, Fewer Deals in US Clean Tech

Although it seems like it is taking forever for the US clean technology industry to take off, venture investment in the market is on the rise, according to recent reports. US venture capital investment in clean tech companies increased by 54 percent to $1.14 billion in Q1 2011 from $743.3 million in Q1 2010, despite…

Hardware Trumps Software, Sort of

Another significant milestone in the evolution of {complink 379|Apple Inc.} is being marked this week. {complink 3426|Microsoft Corp.}, the long-term nemesis of the consumer electronics company, announced its first-quarter results, and the numbers showed the software vendor's revenue had fallen behind Apple's for the first time in about 20 years. It's a triumph of sort,…

Japan Update: Auto OEMs Hit by Shortages

Toyota Motor Corp.'s short reign as the world's biggest automotive manufacturer by unit shipment is forecast to end this year, with {complink 12709|General Motors} regaining the title it lost only a few years ago. In addition to problems related to defects-related recalls and problems in the United States last year, Toyota's shipping ability has also…