Author Archives: Mike
Apple’s annual supplier audit was released today and sure enough critics on both sides are already picking through the core and going at it over whether the company is doing enough to ensure the safety and compensation of the hundreds of … Continue reading
The findings of a new study by Boston Consulting Group suggest that, over time, many tech companies are guilty of mission-creep, especially large ones. And when that happens, those companies do not provide the shareholder value they could if they were leaner … Continue reading
Some comical reminisces on an early (50 years old!) attempt to machine-assemble a printed circuit board. The program was written on punched paper tape and feed into a robotically controlled “placement machine.” Hijinks ensure.
In my January editorial I asked, “Absent a government-industry technical agency, is the US shooting itself in the foot?” My comments were made in response to a former Bell Labs researcher who wrote that the US should consider reestablishing a government-supported technology … Continue reading
Today brings to an end one of the most fascinating years of acquisitions since the crazy Internet era of late 1990s and 2000. Unlike that episode, however, 2014 was a much more orderly state of affairs, and while some of … Continue reading
Rensselaer Polytechnic is an outstanding academic institution, one that has minted more than a few of the stellar engineers working in the electronics industry today. And you can count me among those who believe that if we want to ensure that top minds … Continue reading
Ed.: This is a guest blog from IPC. No matter where you are in the global electronics supply chain, you’ve probably heard the phrase, “I need it now.” In this fast-moving, ever-evolving industry, we hear that a lot. What drives … Continue reading