Summer School for Buyers: HDI & Auto Design

Today’s automotive industry is changing at an incredibly fast pace, moving from combustion engine-based designs with human drivers to driverless, electronics-based systems. This automotive transformation presents some clear electronic design challenges in the inevitable shift toward the design and production of semi- and fully autonomous vehicles.  At the electronic component level, miniaturization will be achieved…

Chinese Smart Phones Capture Android Market

The smart phone market has historically been a huge battlefield and nothing about that is changing. In fact, if anything, it’s getting more competitive. It would be fair to say that this may be the year that the Chinese officially lead the smart phone market pack.  The market leaders have evolved rapidly. It can be…

Nokia Sets Sights on Redemption

It was last fall when we sent Nitin Dahad, EE Times’ London correspondent, to Oulu, Finland, when the city invited us to come and have a look at 6G. Obviously, the mention of “6G” was startling. After all, the world is still busy working out the kinks in 5G networks. More significantly, we couldn’t help…

Electronic Shortages Bad & Getting Worse

For weeks and months, it’s been a buyer’s nightmare: all sorts of electronic parts are on allocation and prices are on the rise. Everything from capacitors to hard disk drives is in short supply. There’s no end in sight.   The recently released Fusion Worldwide’s Greensheet traces some of the trends and there is little good…

Foil Thieves With a Smarter Way to Transport High-Value Electronics

As the pace of on-demand shipping continues to grow, electronics manufacturers must focus more and more on demand forecasting and fulfillment, just-in-time shipping, and loss prevention. Real-time insight into every shipment during its transit time is becoming critical to prevent damaged or lost products and improve on-time delivery.  Image courtesy: Pixabay According to the Transported…

Component Shortages Define First Half of 2018…& Beyond

High capacitance base metal electrode multilayered ceramic chip capacitors (MLCCs), resistors, semiconductors, graphics cards: the list of electronics products in short supply continues to grow. Component makers, distributors, and OEMs alike are concerned as industry pundits point to the possibility of shortages lasting years.   The reasons are myriad. New and evolving markets, including automotive, defense,…