Indeed conventional wisdom, which just a few years ago had stuck a
fork in western electronics manufacturers, is coming around.
Leading minds at places like the Harvard Business School now argue
manufacturing is vital--vital not just for its own sake but for improving design.
Without that tight feedback loop, design can't be optimized as
quickly as it should be, they say.
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Here are five perspectives from selected contract manufacturers
around the country, many of whom have spent the Great Recession
investing in new equipment to become more competitive with rivals
For Tony Hamby, general manager of Micross Components (Orlando, Fla.), Asia's "strength is also (its) limitation."
"They are set up for extremely high volumes. We are set up for people who want to experiment and develop an entrepreneurial approach to building products," he said.
Here's more of my talk with Hamby (additional perspectives are on subsequent pages):
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.