EMS, OEMs in procurement tug of war News & Analysis 8/27/2003 Post a comment Although OEMs are increasingly handing off the responsibility for commodity component procurement to EMS providers, many remain unwilling to shift purchasing of key parts to their contract partners. That means Large North American OEMs like Hewlett-Packard, Palm, and Sun Microsystems are in a tug-of-war with the very contractors they use to offload manufacturing. Spencer Chin has these insights.
802.11a/b Card: Downconversion delivers Teardown 8/13/2003 Post a comment Let's face it"wires are so yesterday, says David Carey in this teardown report written solely for Planet Analog. Never mind going into an electronics store, even urban coffee bars are likely to feature 802.11 wireless connectivity. The WLAN industry is twisting 802.11 into new shapes in order to get higher throughput and less crowded spectrum. This Netgear card operates at either 2.4 or 5 GHz, and includes a number of surprising IC brands.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.