NAND moves into new markets Product News 4/3/2006 Post a comment
NAND flash, like the Pac-Man videogame character of old, continues to gobble up new storage markets, in many cases replacing tape- and disk-based storage. While NOR-type flash will continue to be used in hundreds of systems to store boot-up code, market research firms report that it is NAND flash that is growing fast, in turn driving growth in the semiconductor industry.
Can Congress, top court fix patent system? News & Analysis 4/3/2006 Post a comment Everyone agrees today's overburdened patent system needs relief. Separate efforts are in the works to address patent reform this year in Congress, the Supreme Court and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Not so free economy News & Analysis 4/1/2006 Post a comment Here's a not-so-trivial question: What do the U.S. Congress and the Chinese Communist Party have in common? Answer: They both want to redefine capitalism. In the process, and perhaps unwittingly, they are also redefining communism.
Get ready now for China RoHS News & Analysis 4/1/2006 Post a comment On Feb. 28, China promulgated the final version of its own Restriction of Hazardous Substances directive, the "Administration on the Control of Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products." The measure is slated to take effect on March 1, 2007. Companies doing business in China have a year to prepare but what does that entail?
High-reliability RoHS challenge News & Analysis 4/1/2006 Post a comment The rapid shift to RoHS compliance by many component manufacturers is simplifying life for OEMs in the high-volume consumer sector, but it's turning into a nightmare for companies that are exempt from the RoHS directive and now find leaded parts in short supply.
Who's growing? News & Analysis 4/1/2006 Post a comment Are we looking at a market that's growing, declining or stalled? Answers to this question vary widely when it concerns the electronics industry, which has seen explosive growth in some sectors and massive contractions in others.
China distribution: Wide open News & Analysis 4/1/2006 Post a comment Most people in the electronics industry know that China imported more than $50 billion worth of components in 2005. But who supplied those parts and how they got into manufacturing facilities in China, where an increasing number of the world's leading OEMs are churning out their products, are less well-known facts.
Toward world-class News & Analysis 4/1/2006 Post a comment It was 1953 when Chairman Mao Zedong introduced China's first five-year plan, setting the course for the industrialization of the most populous nation on earth under the heavy guiding hand of the central government. Last month, Premier Wen Jiabao announced the 11th five-year plan to the National People's Congress in Beijing. Whereas Mao and his successors stepped on the gas, often with both feet, Wen is tapping the brakes.
Government as a catalyst for growth News & Analysis 4/1/2006 Post a comment One of the Chinese government's primary objectives in its 11th five-year plan is to transform the country's technology sector from a low-cost, low-margin manufacturing source to a developer of world-class, higher-value-add products. While it doesn't dictate to industry as heavy-handedly as it did in the past, the government still exerts significant influence over sectors of the economy through policies and initiatives.
A numbers game News & Analysis 4/1/2006 Post a comment On a unit basis, DRAM makers are producing and selling more. Hot demand is keeping production plants operating close to or at capacity, new markets and applications are opening up, and inventories are only slightly above normal levels. So what ails the DRAM market, where sales growth in 2005 was negative and a giant question mark hangs over 2006?
A deadly sin News & Analysis 4/1/2006 Post a comment Practitioners of Lean manufacturing can usually recall six of the seven deadly sins of Lean: overproduction, excess inventory, unnecessary movement, waiting, overprocessing and defects. Yet it is always the seventh sin - transportation waste - that's most deceptive.
A Better View News & Analysis 4/1/2006 Post a comment In today's electronics industry, the reduced geometries of high-volume components, coupled with ever-increasing demand for faster customer turnaround, has led to a growing need for automated packaging solutions.
Inspection that really counts News & Analysis 4/1/2006 Post a comment The solution to Compex Corp.'s packaging and component verification problems was simple. Implementing it, however, was a different matter. So, the company sought an expert
EC fits single-port bridge chip for PCI Express in small BGA News & Analysis 4/1/2006 Post a comment NEC Electronics America Inc. is sampling a single-port PCI Express (PCIe) bridge application-specific standard product (ASSP) housed in a more-compact 21-mm2 BGA package for low-profile PCI cards, as well as server, workstation, graphics equipment and other storage and network-related applications.
Newark unveils RoHS-compliant catalog News & Analysis 4/1/2006 Post a comment As the deadline nears to implement the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive, OEMs, component suppliers and distributors are pulling together in a last-ditch effort to remove obstacles to compliance.
Consolidation in SCM market News & Analysis 4/1/2006 Post a comment Supply chain collaboration that holiest of holy grails in the manufacturing economy is driving the latest wave of consolidation in the supply chain management market, and small vendors are the main target.
A new spin on fee-for-services News & Analysis 4/1/2006 Post a comment Not long ago, distributors collectively tried to separate routine activities like device programming, demand planning and proximity warehousing from the sale of components in order to boost profits.
Agent Training on a Shoestring News & Analysis 4/1/2006 Post a comment Automated training modules use computers and websites to deliver precise bits of training information to reps. Do they work? Can they replace more traditional classroom training?