Turning the tide News & Analysis 4/1/2007 Post a comment The Mexican electronics-manufacturing industry has made a remarkable comeback in the last three years. From its humble beginnings as a country seeking greater economic opportunities, Mexico has emerged as a desirable venue for many electronics companies.
Embrace and fear the future News & Analysis 4/1/2007 Post a comment So some U.S. politicians think it's "disgraceful" that oil and construction services provider Halliburton Co. is moving its corporate headquarters from Texas to Dubai. But Halliburton, despite its recent prominence in the news, is not an American icon. That status is reserved for companies like IBM Corp., a high-profile symbol of the United States' domination of the global business environment.
DFM: who needs it, and why News & Analysis 4/1/2007 Post a comment Design-for-manufacturability (DFM) has evolved from a concept once raised across virtually every industry to an approach embraced by all parties in the system-on-chip (SoC) product development life cycle.
Nanoident fields printed chips News & Analysis 4/1/2007 Post a comment A new semiconductor fab opened last month in Europe, marking the beginning of a new technology direction for the electronics industry. The factory doesn't use conventional silicon wafer technology. Rather, it creates "chips" using industrial-size inkjet printers that stamp electronic circuitry onto routine surfaces such as glass, plastic--even paper.
Old Europe seeks new momentum News & Analysis 4/1/2007 Post a comment As China, India and Eastern Europe shine with the youthful glow of market potential, it may appear that Western Europe's electronics stalwarts have taken their place on the park bench as their prime passes. Look a little closer, though, and you'll see a region using the wisdom of experience and a determined resolve to make sure the good times don't slip away too quickly--if at all.
Ireland: Creating new opportunities News & Analysis 4/1/2007 Post a comment Two years ago, Altera Corp. opened shop in Cork, Ireland. Unlike the waves of high-tech companies that landed on the Emerald Isle in the late 1990s, the San Jose, Calif.-based chip maker wasn't there for the country's manufacturing capabilities. It went to set up a greenfield operation where highly skilled workers could manage European customer service, finance and marketing activities, according to Dermot Hargaden, managing director of Altera European Trading Co.
Close the planning execution gap News & Analysis 4/1/2007 Post a comment The key issue facing electronics manufacturers and suppliers today is how quickly their supply chains can respond to change. Historically, companies formulated their plans on a monthly basis. Data was collected three times a quarter, sales and production plans were prepared in aggregate, and the results were pushed down to lower levels of the organization and to business partners.
Avnet Logistics: Teaming up News & Analysis 4/1/2007 Post a comment Avnet Inc. may be the world's largest franchised distributor of electronic components and subsystems--its fiscal 2006 revenue exceeded $14 billion--but you won't find any grass growing under the feet of the Phoenix-based company.