Tech Firms Dominate Hot Startup List

Electronics and IT companies made a strong showing in the Wall Street Journal's third annual list of top venture capital-backed companies, published in September. By dominating the top of the list and taking 28 of the 50 spots, electronics and IT beat out other categories that had gained prominence in recent years, including Internet and…

OEM Boom Seen as FCC Boosts Mobile Health Technology

Now that Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has issued a challenge to public and private sector leaders to collaborate on efforts to make the use of mobile health (mHealth) technology a routine medical best-practice within five years, companies like Qualcomm, Intel, and Apple, as well as smaller firms like Fitbit Inc., and…

Social Media for Disaster Management

Many of the attributes of social media — openness, speed, and portability — make it a natural fit for the supply chain. Social media platforms, such as Facebook, give groups an opportunity to share opinions and weigh in on subjects in an open forum. These conversations don't require a lot of back-and-forth email and “copying”…

M2M: Ready For an Explosion, So Where’s the Bang?

Machine-to-machine (M2M) communications is a technology that allows machines to communicate and to perform specific tasks without human intervention. It is intended to improve monitoring, control, supervision, and optimization tasks while reducing operational costs and increasing the efficiency of business processes. Convergence of the Internet and mobile communications has created the perfect environment for M2M…

Shifting Gears for Healthy Growth in Electronics

Last year there was considerable concern about tablets “cannibalizing” the PC market due to their popularity. We certainly have seen device convergence come to the fore with some tablet OEMs morphing devices into new “phablets,” further integration of smartphones and tablets, and the present swell of Ultrabooks, all of which support continued growth in the…

RIM Shedding Jobs

{complink 4644|Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM)} is the latest electronics company to announce job cuts. Businesses across the industry are striving to increase profitability, but the stakes are even higher for RIM. The BlackBerry maker is seeking to stem losses and regain the edge it once had in the mobile communications market. After a series…

RIM, EMS Partner ‘Winding Down’ Relationship

The EMS provider {complink 987|Celestica Inc.} has announced it is winding down its manufacturing relationship with {complink 4644|Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM)}, the struggling maker of the BlackBerry. Celestica said that the restructuring charges will not exceed $35 million, and that disengaging with RIM will take three to six months. Celestica gave no indication which…

Mouser & Taoglas Sign Global Distribution Agreement

MANSFIELD, TEXAS — Mouser Electronics, Inc., regarded as a top design engineering resource and global distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, today announced a new global partnership with Taoglas Antenna Solutions, a leading M2M antenna provider for external and embedded antenna solutions. Mouser’s new worldwide agreement with Taoglas Antenna Solutions will provide design engineers and…