Industry 4.0 Expected to be Lead Application for IoT

Avnet Inc.’s Newark business has published new research on the Internet of Things (IoT) which reveals the growing role of IoT for industrial automation and control applications essential to the delivery of Industry 4.0. The IoT Survey, which is run annually by Newark, generates new insights on this key market, including opportunities and challenges for…

Mouser Poised for Bounceback in EMEA Electronics Market

Even in the most challenging of economies, electronics companies design new products. Component makers and distributors that assist OEMs with their designs stand to benefit from high margins or volume orders once an item reaches mass production. Catalog distributors that specialize in low-volume, high-mix design and engineering orders, such as Mouser Electronics, weather market volatility…

Optos, Sensors & Discretes Defy Covid Economy

A broad-based economic rebound in 2021, fueled by pent-up demand and a steady recovery in global commerce after the 2020 outbreak of the Covid-19 virus pandemic, is forecast to lift total sales in optoelectronics, sensors and actuators, and discrete semiconductors (O-S-D) by 13 percent to $99.4 billion this year, according to IC Insights. IC Insights…

Why Is Telematics Important for the Global Supply Chain?

Telematics technology — which can refer to any piece of tech that combines telecommunications and information technology — is used across the business world, but it’s particularly valuable for logistics professionals, who face the challenge of managing an increasingly complex network of goods and delivery vehicle fleets. With the right piece of technology, entrepreneurs can…

Sales of Optos, Sensors/Actuators, Discretes Stabilize

About eight months after the Covid-19 virus pandemic accelerated around the world—causing lockdowns in many countries and driving the global economy into a deep recession—sales of optoelectronics, sensors and actuators, and discrete semiconductors have stabilized. In some  cases, revenues have begun showing signs of a slight recovery in the second half of 2020, which is…

Waymo Driver Outlines Component-Rich Robocar

Waymo recently released via Youtube a lecture on “Waymo Driver,” the company’s fifth-generation robocar platform. Presented by YooJung Ahn, head of design at Waymo, the video clip shares the new platform’s basic design ideas. Ultimately, the trick that caught many industry observers’ eyes about the latest robocar was Waymo’s liberal use of various sensors, including…