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Smoke, Mirrors & Confusion
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It's a complicated marketplace for information and community in call center land. Let's cut through the clutter for just a minute.
The billion dollar problem
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Following the trail of an electronics counterfeiter takes a lot of work. Just ask Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Last fall, AMD conducted some raids in Europe, where it had found that some of its microprocessors, which can sell for an average price of $100, were being remarked. That is, the low-speed, low-priced microprocessors were being re-labeled as high-speed, high-priced chips.
A new equilibrium
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It's basic economics: When demand exceeds supply, prices rise and the balance of power between suppliers and customers shifts. Based on the most recent data, the balance has well and truly shifted, which means OEMs and EMS providers should be spending a lot of time shoring up supplier relationships and evaluating alternate-sourcing strategies.
Getting Up Close And Personal
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Embedded systems integrators are deciding it's counterproductive to go it alone.
Power Priority
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Power management is surging up the list of embedded design priorities. Ultimately, experts agree this must be a priority of an entire embedded product team. And while management discipline needs to be applied to all manner of devices-from servers to appliances to factory automation equipment-the most pressing urgency comes with managing mobile platforms.
Within Our Power To Fix
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How many times has your cell phone, notebook computer or digital camera blinked or beeped "bye-bye" to you and shut down at the worst possible moment?
More Evidence That The Balance Will Shift
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One reason Autodesk's CAD software has become used so widely over the past two decades was the company's strategy to establish the application as a key tool for would-be architects to learn in college.
Economics Of Engineering
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Engineers, long schooled in the concept of optimization, can appreciate the laws of supply and demand that state that for every product there's a price point that strikes a balance between maximizing profit per unit and maximizing volume.
Reference Desk
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The top 50 ESM companies
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They trace their origins to a simpler time, when outsourcing was not yet a politically charged word. That was then. Today, the electronics manufacturing services industry is a cutthroat global business that operates on razor-thin margins and has fundamentally redefined relationships up and down the supply chain. Indeed, many of the top-ranked EMS providers dwarf their OEM customers.
It's a new age
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Now is the time to get back to basics. If the dot-com bust taught high-tech companies anything, it was that inventory management matters. Taking rosy forecasts at face value and stockpiling shelves do not amount to inventory management.
Get ready for RFID
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By some measures radio frequency identification (RFID) is not quite ready for prime time. Even early adopters admit that they still have to work out glitches in the technology, which is one reason why it had existed in relative obscurity for decades. But when WalMart Stores Inc. last year threw its considerable weight behind RFID, alongside the likes of Albertsons, Target and the U.S. Department of Defense, a wave of support for the technology began to build that has very real implications for t
Europe 2.0
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Lining up for logic
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Steve Kelley prefers not to use the "A" word. Hoping not to alarm customers, he favors the term "controlled-order entry" to describe his company's new program for managing limited supplies of several of its most popular standard-logic products. But whatever you call it, there's no denying that since March 1, Kelley's employer, Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas), has been limiting orders for several logic chip families to prevent hoarding and assure supplies to its most strategic customers. Products
ODM options
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You may not recognize the characters at the top of the page, but they speak volumes about a class of design and manufacturing services companies emerging in the People's Republic of China.
Road to recovery
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Scalpel, please. Since taking the reins at midtier EMS provider Plexus Corp. in May 2002, chief executive officer Dean Foate has been nipping and tucking to reposition the Neenah, Wis., company as a major force in the electronics manufacturing services market. And he's earning respect for producing positive results.
"Elektronik wird Wachstumsbranche bleiben"
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Die europäische und insbesondere die deutsche Elektronikbranche tut sich nach dem Crash der vergangenen Jahr immer noch schwer, wieder auf die Beine zu kommen. Während die Halbleiterfabriken in Fernost aus allen Nähten platzen, sind europäische Elektronikanbieter oft genug froh, wenn sie ein einstelliges Wachstum stemmen können. EE Times.de sprach mit Greg Sheppard, Executive Vice President des US-Marktforschungsunternehmens iSuppli, über die Aussichten der Branche.
Foundry pushes IPv6 options for Terathon switches
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Foundry Networks Inc. will begin a drive at NetWorld+Interop next week (May 3) to move carriers and enterprise customers to Internet Protocol Version 6.
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