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M-LVDS receivers cut board space, power in backplane apps
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TI has developed a pair of dedicated M-LVDS receivers that are aimed at cutting board space, power consumption and cost in backplane applications, such as cellular base stations, central office switches, network switches, routers and AdvancedTCA systems.
MISSION impossible
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he accounting profession classifies inventory as an asset on corporate balance sheets, but many in the electronics industry consider this a misnomer. Inventories, they argue, would be better managed across the supply chain if executives and midlevel managers treated them as a liability.
Balancing act
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In a perfect world, everything comes out even. Socks emerge from the dryer in pairs, every bolt has a matching nut and each holiday card you write has an envelope of the correct size, shape and color.
Reasonable expectations
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As a group, electronics manufacturers operate within an environment filled with expectations and goals that are often highly unrealistic. Companies condition their customers to expect regular, sometimes yearly, upgrades to equipment that already reaches high-performance levels. The computing power available to consumers advances every three months or so, and woe to the manufacturer that makes a cell phone with a shelf life longer than a fly's life span. This is an industry forever in search of t
Reach consortia: a law perspective
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There are compelling reasons for closely surveying consortia arrangements to ensure adequate antitrust compliance under the European Union's Reach (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals) regulations.
India rising
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Many Western companies are eager to expand business in the world's most populous democracy, according to a recent survey on manufacturing and outsourcing in India conducted by Electronics Supply & Manufacturing and Technology Forecasters Inc. But while the level of interest is high, the floodgates have not yet opened, as many industry managers polled remain cautious about the country's competitiveness.
The loudest beats
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It doesn't fully qualify as the killer application the electronics industry has been seeking, but the companies that are embracing its promise may find the cell phone/digital music player combo a financial winner.
SCM 2007: What's in, what's out
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The year just past marked a period of continued transformation for the electronics industry supply chain, as business dynamics intensified. As the new year commences, supply chain professionals are examining lessons learned in 2006 and determining how best to address the challenges that lie ahead.
Power couple
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Manufacturers' business needs have changed significantly over the past several years, transforming the roles that technology plays within the manufacturing process. Two key technologies, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and product life cycle management (PLM), have developed into critical success factors for manufacturers. Each technology brings unique value to the enterprise, and when combined, ERP and PLM provide a wholly collaborative environment that has a major impact on successful produc
Quest for dominance
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One of the biggest factors at play in China's electronic component distribution market is that it is a major market where the globally dominant players don't have double-digit share. Eventually, the market will consolidate, with the main players achieving dominance, but cultural habits aren't broken overnight. Certainly, as China's legal system improves and the R-factor--relationships--declines in importance, change will come. But it will take a while to rationalize China's component distributio
Boards simplify Lean workflow, inventory tracking
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Keep it simple: It's the core principle of Lean manufacturing. But straightforward as it may sound, in this age of digital wizardry and computerized everything, it's not always easy to do.
Revised database tool tackles ease-of-use, 'green' requirements
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Searching for component data within your own enterprise shouldn't be a hassle, but many companies still struggle to find the right part when they need it. PartMiner Inc. took that message from customers to heart when it designed the latest version of its component database, CAPS Connect ES.
Wish List to reality
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Maintaining appropriate inventory levels, particularly for higher-mix, lower-volume projects, can be a challenge for OEMs in the outsourcing process. When the supply chain is out of sync, it is usually poor information flow, rather than poor inventory management, that is the root cause. Often, the issue is the disruption and time lag inherent in the lines of communication that have evolved among the OEM, electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider and supply base.
Apple, Cisco near deal over iPhone name
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Apple and Cisco are nearing an agreement that could solve their dispute over rights to the iPhone name in an out-of-court settlement. However, the companies said they need more time to conclude discussions on "trademark rights and interoperability".
Inventory issues thwart Epcos sales
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Customer inventory reductions dragged down the sales of passive component manufacturer Epcos AG in its first quarter of FY 2007. In a year-over-year comparison, however, the company could significantly raise sales and profit.
Lenovo boosts worldwide profits, but slumps In Americas
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PC maker Lenovo reported above-industry growth for its fiscal fourth quarter, showing profitability in every region but the Americas where its sales declined and it lost money.
Piezoelectric-type pump offers long operational life as well as high-discharge output.
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ALPS Electric has developed a piezoelectric-type pump for liquid-based cooling systems. Compatible with all broadcast systems, it offers long operational life as well as high-discharge output.
Hugo De Man set to receive Pederson Award at ISSCC
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The IEEE has named Hugo De Man as the recipient of its 2007 Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits, recognizing his leadership in integrated circuit design and design methodology.
Automotive infotainment gets connected, says iSupply
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The growing popularity of portable media players and downloadable contents has left its traces in automotive electronics suppliers. According to market researcher iSuppli, they have started to add connectivity to automotive infotainment systems.
Worldwide adapter reduces manufacturing costs, simplifies inventory
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The PSB05R series 5 W adapter is available with four interchangeable clip adapter plugs for use in virtually any power outlet around the world.
Apple, Cisco near deal over iPhone name
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Apple and Cisco are nearing an agreement that could solve their dispute over rights to the iPhone name in an out-of-court settlement. However, the companies said they need more time to conclude discussions on "trademark rights and interoperability".
Sieben Trends für die Telekommunikation
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Welche Trends werden die Telekommunikation im laufenden Jahr kennzeichnen und neue Möglichkeiten für Enduser erschließen? Aus Sicht von Siemens sind Multimedia und die Konvergenz von Festnetz und Mobilfunk die beiden wichtigsten - aber nicht die einzigen.
Monolithic doppler phase shifter targets portable ultrasound
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The AD8339 is a quad programmable I&Q demodulator with phase shifter that is suited for medical ultrasound systems.
Metalink losses put at $16.2 million for 2006
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Revenues at fabless semiconductor supplier Metalink Ltd. (Yakum, Israel) fell in the fourth quarter to $3.6 million, compared to $4.2 million for the third quarter of 2006. Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2005 were $4.4 million.
Vertigo project to raise EU role in embedded design
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Work has started on a European research project that aims to ensure that Europe's electronics industry can maintain its competitive position in embedded systems. Dubbed Vertigo — for Verification and validation of Embedded System Design workbench — and part of the EU's Sixth Framework Programme , the project brings together ST Microelectronics, Aerielogic and TransEDA Systems linked with four Universities.
Weak Christmas, inventory glut slows Wolfson growth
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Sales at Wolfson Microelectronics for the last quarter of 2006 were $52.6 million (£27.6 million) , 9 percent down on the corresponding period last year, and the company warned of a relatively slow start to 2007.
Nomination chez Soitec
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Le spécialiste français du silicium sur isolant Soitec a annoncé la nomination de Paul Boudre en tant que vice-président exécutif, en charge des ventes, du marketing et du support client.
Inventory issues thwart Epcos sales
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; Customer inventory reductions dragged down the sales of passive component manufacturer Epcos AG in its first quarter of FY 2007. In a year-over-year comparison, however, the company could significantly raise sales and profit.
What We Have Here Is A Failure to Communicate
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To understand why customers are angry, you have to first understand why they are happy. And satisfied.
Lasting Motivation: Avoid the Formulas ... Embrace the Principles!
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Motivation means creating an environment in which the motivation already resident in each person can flourish.
This Time You Should C.A.R.E.
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You don't work in a call center, you work in a Customer Awareness and Response Environment. No, really.
Service Delivery: How Fast Is Fast Enough?
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Callers don't call because they want to -- they call because they have to. For them, a five-minute call is better than a 15-minute call because it provides them with 10 more minutes of their life back.
New Methods to Measure Performance
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With the emergence of speech and predictive analytics, call centers have many more ways to evaluate their communication with customers.
Head-mounted Interpersonal Communications Gear
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Yes, there are best practices you can follow regarding headsets. Don't laugh -- these ubiquitous and seemingly mature devices are the last link in the chain between you and your customers.
Where are your next 1,000 workers coming from?
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Centers large and small face the prospect of cyclically replacing skilled agents with fresh hires due to perennially high turnover. Here's how to tackle one side of that equation: finding a reservoir of talent.
Capture the customer experience by tapping IVR
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The very technology that is oft lambasted for lowering customer satisfaction is now being used to measure it.
Staffing Strategies for Crafty Managers
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Nifty tricks for putting warm bodies in their seats.
NatSemi sichert sich Xignal AG
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Der Chiphersteller National Semiconductor hat den Datenwandler-Spezialisten Xignal Technologies gekauft.
In-Depth Review: RF network analyzer packs sophistication, ease of use
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In-Depth Review: Test-and-measurement house Agilent Technologies introduces its PNA-X instrument for RF and microwave network analysis. Operable from 10-MHz out to 26.5-GHz, this network analyzer offers a unique single-connection approach to 2-tone and swept local-oscillator measurements. An integrated second signal source and signal combining network rounds it out.
Engineering education prepares for 2020
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An "experiential" approach to engineering education is needed to prepare students for 2020 and beyond, said Leah Jamieson, dean of engineering at Purdue University, in a DesignCon keynote speech.
China's Actions Semi pursuing acquisitions
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In an unusual move for a Chinese design house, Actions Semiconductor is combing the landscape, looking for acquisition opportunities at home and abroad as it seeks to grow beyond its core MP3 market.
Cadence 2006 revenue up 12 percent
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Cadence Design Systems had a "fantastic" 2006 fourth quarter, said Mike Fister, Cadence CEO. Revenue was up 14 percent for the quarter and 12 percent for the year.
Dell still No. 1
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Hewlett-Packard's fourth-quarter jump in PC shipments wasn't quite enough to topple Dell from its top spot for annual worldwide sales, but the race is getting closer.
Michael Dell back as Dell CEO
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Kevin Rollins has quit abruptly as Dell CEO, and company chairman and founder Michael Dell is taking over the chief executive post, the computer hardware giant said Wednesday.
Tech pay rises, but job-mood sinks, say new reports
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Tech professionals happily reported their wages rose last year, but their mood about jobs dipped last month, according to findings of several new reports released on Wednesday.
Avnet teams with Stratum on RFID solutions
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Avnet Technology Solutions this week said it has partnered with manufacturer Stratum Global to bring RFID solutions to market through the distributor's enterprise mobility group.
Dell 2.0: Founder reassumes role of CEO
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Dell Inc. founder Michael Dell replaced Kevin Rollins re-assume the role of CEO of the company, effective immediately, the company said.
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