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.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.