The Week In Review: Manufacturing


Gartner has released a chart, which tracks the “Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies in 2014.” According to the chart, here’s some of the technologies that are still a number of years away from reaching the marketplace: virtual personal assistants; human augmentation; brain-computer interface; quantum computing; smart robots; biochips; smart advisors; autonomous vehicles; and natural-lang... » read more

Smartphones Drive Component Sales


The impact of smartphones on electronic components and semiconductors is growing. As reported by the Nihon Keizai Newspaper in October, the total value of orders received in Q3 for six major electronic components set a record. Also, in Taiwan, the overseas orders in September increased to 38.4 billion dollars, which is a 2% increase compared with the same month of the previous year, as reported... » read more

Bluetooth Smart Becomes Centerpiece Of Internet Of Things


There was a consistent theme at the CEATEC 2013, which was held in Makuhari, Chiba Prefecture—Bluteooth Smart as an essential component of the Internet of Things. Photo 1 CEATEC hall Major parts makers such as Rohm and Murata, Mitsumi, and Alps, which are developing entire modules as well as discrete parts, proposed a number of solutions that will be used over the next two or three ... » read more