Are cell phones headed for a holiday shortage? Blog 11/24/2003 Post a comment Instead of a brand new cell phone under the Christmas tree, will Santa Claus be leaving an IOU? Already strained by shortages of color screens, image sensors and NOR flash, the handset supply chain is being additionally stressed as the scarcity of parts spreads to other commodity areas. Crista Souza has this snapshot of the market.
What's alternative power's environmental impact? Blog 11/20/2003 Post a comment The flood of e-mails I've received following MGE's announcement of a hydrogen based backup source for UPSes tells me that engineers are rightfully confused, writes eeProductCenter's power mavin Vince Biancomano. We need some basic answers from the experts, he says, except they don't have a firm grasp, either.
The West shouldn't be pushing the Chinese economy too far, too fast Blog 11/10/2003 Post a comment China is taking a lot of flak these days. The U.S. government wants the Asian country to let its currency appreciate against the dollar to help reduce the growing trade deficit the U.S. runs with China. Recently, the Semiconductor Industry Association called on China to eliminate tariffs on chips imported into the country. For many electronics industry executives, China is a puzzle. It is a potential revenue generator and a definite strain on resources. Tapping China's low-cost manufacturing opp