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RS485 Vs. RS232: What's the Difference?

Mar 20, 2019
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Trends, Dynamic, Matric

Among the serial data interfaces -- SPI, Flex I2C, and many more -- available for electronic equipment, two stand out for their longevity. In spite of the dozens of new kids on the block, RS232 and RS485 remain popular....

Tariffs on Electronics From China: Another Delay

Feb 27, 2019
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Components, Trends, Costs, Dynamic, Matric

If there's anything certain in the U.S.-China tariffs staredown, it's uncertainty....

Moving to a Wireless Industrial Control: IoT & More

Many industrial and manufacturing operations are looking closely at wireless industrial controls to see what benefits they offer. These wireless systems definitely have advantages -- enabling your systems to communicate more effectively with one another and with ...

Wind Energy Prices Drop as Turbine Technology Improves

Feb 22, 2019
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Trends, Windurance

Converting wind into an energy source has proven to be a viable and profitable solution for sustainability. It’s also an inexpensive energy source -- and prices keep going lower, thanks to emerging wind turbine technology. After topping out at 7 cents per kilowatt ...

Is China Spy Chip a Supply Chain Snag for OEM Electronics Companies?

Oct 17, 2018
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Components, Trends, Dynamic, Matric

On Oct. 4, a story by Bloomberg that detailed allegations of China’s military infiltration into servers used by about 30 U.S. companies and top government agencies sent shockwaves across the tech industry. According to Bloomberg, Chinese spies sneaked tiny ...

Can US Electronics Contract Manufacturers Handle the China Tariffs?

It’s too early to tell with certainty how U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods implemented in 2018 will truly affect U.S. electronics contract manufacturers. The signals from major players like Cisco Systems, Apple, and IBM so far are not happy ones....

Electronic Component Shortages Update -- Will We See Relief in 2018?

Sep 13, 2018
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Components, Trends

Electronic component shortages have been a hindrance on a booming electronics marketplace throughout 2018. While new orders roll in and production remains steady, there simply haven’t been enough capacitors, resistors and other parts to go around. With the addition ...

Are Carbon Nanomaterials the Solution to Conflict Minerals?

Conflict minerals are both a vital component (no pun intended) of the electronics industry and at the same time one of its biggest headaches. Since 2010, U.S.-based electronics companies have been required to determine whether certain components in their products ...

Who's to Blame for the Electronic Components Supply Shortage?

Dating back to 2017, the electronic components supply shortage has become an increasingly challenging issue for companies that rely on the industry. A surge in use of components combined with a shortage of parts has snowballed into what’s become a highly constrained ...

China Tariffs: How Will They Affect Your Electronics Manufacturers?

Two days after Independence Day, President Donald Trump’s aggressive new tariffs went into effect, imposing an extra 25% tax on imported Chinese goods. This will affect over $50 billion worth of “industrially significant technologies,” and could have a significant ...