Embedded Systems Conference
Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
DrQuine
User Rank
Author
Easing the costs of identifying and obtaining conflict-free materials
DrQuine   7/5/2014 12:52:02 PM
NO RATINGS
Perhaps the cost of identifying and obtaining conflict-free materials could be eased through partnerships. A few companies are already leaders in compliance. If other companies partner with them for certification and procurement of these resources, the compliance costs can be shared and the need to "reinvent the wheel" is eliminated. There are enough companies in this effort already that we don't need to worry about a monopoly developing - and the new conflict-free materials supply-line might make a nice side business. There would also be economies of scale with larger purchase volumes being purchased.

Fern Abrams
User Rank
Author
Dodd-Frank Does Not Prevent the Use of Conflict Minerals
Fern Abrams   7/2/2014 1:29:42 PM
NO RATINGS
There are several problems with the author's statement:

"For the moment, and because earlier this year the Appellate Court struck down part of the rule, section 1502 in the wide-ranging Dodd-Frank legislation does not force companies to cease the use of these conflict minerals"

For starters, as all tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold are defined by Dodd-Frank to be conflict minerals, regardless of origin, Dodd-Frank does not, nor will it, "force companies to cese the use of these conflict minerals."  It would be quite an engineering feet to manufacture electronics without tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold.

Second, assuming the author meant to refer to conflict minerals associated with conflict mines, the act does not forbid the use of these either as that was determined to be a likely WTO violation.   Dodd-Frank, intended as a "name and shame," provision, requires only that companies report on the sourcing of their minerals with the hope that they will be shamed into avoiding doing business with conflict mines and others promoting violence.

Jessica Lipsky
User Rank
Author
The aftermath
Jessica Lipsky   7/2/2014 11:16:59 AM
NO RATINGS
One thing that wasn't clearly outlined in the reporting process (in the US) was reprecussions for not filing. Is that why figures were so low in this first year of required reporting?



Radio
NEXT UPCOMING BROADCAST
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.
Flash Poll
Top Comments of the Week
Like Us on Facebook

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
Special Video Section
The LT®3042 is a high performance low dropout linear ...
Chwan-Jye Foo (C.J Foo), product marketing manager for ...
The LT®3752/LT3752-1 are current mode PWM controllers ...
LED lighting is an important feature in today’s and future ...
Active balancing of series connected battery stacks exists ...
After a four-year absence, Infineon returns to Mobile World ...
A laptop’s 65-watt adapter can be made 6 times smaller and ...
An industry network should have device and data security at ...
The LTC2975 is a four-channel PMBus Power System Manager ...
In this video, a new high speed CMOS output comparator ...
The LT8640 is a 42V, 5A synchronous step-down regulator ...
The LTC2000 high-speed DAC has low noise and excellent ...
How do you protect the load and ensure output continues to ...
General-purpose DACs have applications in instrumentation, ...
Linear Technology demonstrates its latest measurement ...
10:29
Demos from Maxim Integrated at Electronica 2014 show ...
Bosch CEO Stefan Finkbeiner shows off latest combo and ...
STMicroelectronics demoed this simple gesture control ...
Keysight shows you what signals lurk in real-time at 510MHz ...
TE Connectivity's clear-plastic, full-size model car shows ...