Ice and snow can certainly make travel in the wintertime a treacherous experience. So it's important to be armed with helpful information to get you safely through the snow season. We decided to gather advice from the professional drivers from three very different disciplines. From the racing world, we spoke with world record holder, stunt driver and star of Top Gear USA Tanner Foust. Alex Debogorski, fan favorite of the TV show Ice Road Truckers, lent us his wisdom from more than 40 years of over-the-road winter hauling. And to get a perspective from someone who tunes the chassis' of Chrysler's most potent machines, we spoke with Erich Heuschele, manager of SRT vehicle dynamics and 20-year ice racing veteran. Here's what they had to say about winter driving. 1 Be Aware of Your Surroundings and Read the Terrain "There are clues, dead giveaways that tell you where the most icy and dangerous spots are on the road," says Foust. Correctly reading the terrain is key to avoiding a skid … [Read more...] about How to Drive in Winter: 12 Hacks from the Pros to Master Travel in Snow and Ice
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LG might be keeping mum on exactly how much may Apple be fronting it for its giant investment in OLED display production, but industry sources are quickly swooping in to fill the void with numbers, as usual. Previously, they speculated that Apple may be responsible for $1.7 billion of the $8.5 billion total OLED panel-making bill, but now they up the ante with a cool billion more.The $2.7 billion sum is said to be an advance payment by Apple for securing a production line dedicated entirely to iPhone displays, starting in 2019. Rumor has it that the 2018 Apple handsets might also all land with OLED screens, though these are likely to be supplied mostly by Samsung still. With a logistics chain master like the CEO Tim Cook at the helm, Apple is apparently trying to diversify its suppliers, even for a component that currently is a 95% market monopoly of Samsung. Apple is thus set to secure at least 45,000 units of mother glass for 6.5th-generation OLED panels a month, which can be … [Read more...] about OLED iPhones may be here to stay, Apple tipped to front LG $2.7 billion for a supply line
It’s no secret that EDA and IP companies have had to expand their coverage into the larger system market, thanks to changes in the semiconductor supply chain. Around 2000, the industry was very fragmented. Mobile-chip and IP vendors worked with handset makers, who then partnered with operating-system (OS) suppliers and finally network operators. The next 12 years resulted in various combinations of subsystem integration.To aid that integration, EDA and IP companies such as Cadence, Mentor, and Synopsys had to provide not only hardware but also software (drivers and firmware) to their customers. Now, semiconductor companies face additional challenges as the manufacturing and supply chain have evolved to meet the needs of a consumer-driven global market.With ever-decreasing time-to-market cycles for electronic products, companies in the chip, board, and package markets must expand their systems viewpoint beyond design to include the manufacturing and even the distribution process. … [Read more...] about Beyond Software: The Virtual-Machine Supply System
By Heinz Kundert, president, SEMI EuropeEuropean competitiveness in the semiconductor industry was the focus of the SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium Europe 2012 executive conference recently held in Munich, Germany. Over 200 delegates from 20 countries gathered to hear about the strengths and issues of concern for chip manufacturing in Europe, including the implications of the industry-wide transition to 450mm manufacturing technologies and the important role that European equipment and materials companies play in the global market.The orientation toward R&D investment strategies occupied much of the discussion in the context of a looming deadline for significant European Union policy decisions. Soon, European Union (EU) officials will determine a series of high-tech investment plans to support Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) and establish public funding mechanisms for the next seven years within the framework of the Horizon 2020 Initiative. The resulting R&D support could … [Read more...] about European Policy Considerations for Supporting the 450mm Supply Chain and Existing Manufacturing
Apple on Wednesday announced that it would delay international shipments of its new iPad tablet computer. It blamed stronger-than-expected demand in the United States.Apple will now begin taking online pre-orders from international markets and announce international pricing May 10.This is the second time that international shipments of the iPad have been delayed in the product's short history; iMac shipments were also delayed, forcing Apple to apologize in December.Does Apple have a serious supply chain problem? Or are the delays -- rooted perhaps in a strong tendency to keep early production numbers conservative -- a savvy marketing strategy by a company that has mastered the art?"Although we have delivered more than 500,000 iPads during its first week, demand is far higher than we predicted, and will likely continue to exceed our supply over the next several weeks," reads Apple's statement on the matter. "We have also taken a large number of pre-orders for iPad 3G models for delivery … [Read more...] about iPad Delay: Is Apple’s Supply Chain Allergic to New iThings?
Amidst celebration of a record quarter, during which Apple brought in more than $46 billion in revenue, a stench of worker mistreatment at Foxconn factories in China, where Apple’s popular iPhone and iPad devices are assembled, arose out of the media ether.“In the last decade, Apple has become one of the mightiest, richest and most successful companies in the world, in part by mastering global manufacturing. Apple and its high-technology peers — as well as dozens of other American industries — have achieved a pace of innovation nearly unmatched in modern history,” reads a recent report from The New York Times.“However, the workers assembling iPhones, iPads and other devices often labor in harsh conditions, according to employees inside those plants, worker advocates and documents published by companies themselves. Problems are as varied as onerous work environments and serious — sometimes deadly — safety problems.”In the tainted … [Read more...] about Apple’s Tim Cook responds to reports of supply chain worker mistreatment
The supply chain management applications market grew by 3 percent to US$5.6 billion in 2005, according to a new report by AMR Research. It was the second year of growth for the sector, and it exceeded the firm's expectations of a 1 percent increase. 2006 promises to be even stronger, with AMR calling for a 7 percent increase as more and more companies refocus on SCM initiatives.At the same time, certain subsectors with the SC software category surged by double digits last year. These include inventory configuration, which posted a license growth rate of 35 percent, and supply chain network design license growth, which grew by 21 percent.The Software as a Service delivery model is the fastest-growing deployment method, AMR found, having increased at a rate of 16 percent.A number of factors account for these pockets of growth, explained report author and senior research analyst Mark Hillman."Spending is tempered by the fact that corporate supply chain organizational maturity is still … [Read more...] about Supply Chain Subsectors Driving Market Growth
I'm trying to stay excited about Apple's Sept. 10 iPhone-revealing media ceremony, but instead I'm settling into the notion that we'll have a gold iPhone and a bunch of plastic entry iPhone models in vague fugly colors.I should have been more worried when Apple's master of design, Jony Ive, showed off iOS 7 with a palette of pastels at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this year, but I gave the company the benefit of the doubt: Surely soft and gentle tones aren't the future of Apple's innovation?At least the sexy new Mac Pro seems to remain black.Apple's dubious color choices are the least worrisome thing come September, however -- the leaky supply chain seems as if it's being run with reins made of stretchy, transparent cheesecloth. This year I've seen multiple photos of polycarbonate cases of an entry-level iPhone 5 featuring the same basic form factor as the current iPhone 5, just thicker. The colors? Wow. I've already gone off about that, but never mind the colors … [Read more...] about OPINION A Year Later, Apple’s Secret Supply Chain Seems Reined in With Cheesecloth
"Master data management" is a buzzword that is catching the fancy of CXOs. Many organizations have jumped onto the MDM bandwagon and are now at various levels of maturity when it comes to implementation of the MDM hub.So what is MDM? How does an MDM implementation happen?Master data management provides an overview of reference entities in an organization -- your customers, products, accounts or locations. Each of these reference entities is a master data domain and is usually referenced in your transactional process.The highest maturity level in an MDM is typically the strategic level, and this highly elusive state cannot be attained using a big-bang approach.The best recommendation, then, to achieve the "true strategic" level is to use a phase-by-phase approach, and many vendors have proposed a rapid deployment framework.Infosys has already used this approach for implementing an MDM hub; based on this reference implementation, I am now proposing a new phased-implementation approach: … [Read more...] about EXPERT ADVICE R-A-CE: Fast Track to Master Data Management Implementation
At first, I was surprised to see the flurry of blog and comment traffic recently over Scott Forstall, the Apple "CEO-in-waiting," as portrayed by a new book about Apple coming out next week.I thought, What's wrong with current CEO Tim Cook? Is he going somewhere? Didn't he just get a bunch of new compensation packages worth hundreds of millions of dollars? And weren't some of these packages designed to keep top Apple management working at Apple?I thought, Where is this coming from? Why is this getting attention?And then it hit me. First, this appeared to be a carefully packaged promotional excerpt designed to catch attention and drum up excitement for the book, which is Adam Lashinsky's Inside Apple: How America's Most Admired - and Secretive - Company Really Works. The book comes on the heels of the widely popular authorized biography Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.But why did it catch so much attention? Is Forstall that amazing? He's been on the stage at Apple's announcements before, … [Read more...] about OPINION What If Cook Really Isn’t a Product Guy?