Trending in Tech

September 2018

September 2018: Welcome to Trending in Tech, a monthly update on the latest advances and innovations in the technology and engineering industries.

California Prop Update Potentially Impacts Electronics Supply Chain

EBN Online

“On the face of it, Proposition Seems to have little to do with the electronics industry.  However, at its hear, Prop 65 is about chemicals – and certainly that has the potential to impact electronics makers.  It requires any company doing business in California to warn consumers about significant exposure to chemicals….”

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10 Best Single-Board Computers for 2018  


“Every year like clockwork, new breeds of single-board computers (SBCs) and the latest revisions of our favorite boards hit the market with makers, engineers, and IT professionals alike scrambling to get their hands on them to build projects around the new feature sets they bring.”


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Apple Describes 7nm iPhone SoC

EE Times

“Apple announced a family of three iPhones powered by a 7nm SoC enabling up to 512 GBytes of memory… Apple’s 7nm A12 Bionic chip packs 6.9 billion transistors and is “the most powerful chip in a smartphone,” said chief executive Tim Cook.”

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Passive Component Shortages Drive New Supply Strategies at Kemet  

 Electronics Products


“The first rumblings of a components shortage were heard in late 2016. Scarcity became a sobering reality in 2017 as rising demand spread across industry sectors. But many component manufacturers questioned whether the uptick in demand was real, leading to their reluctance to ramp up production capacity. Component manufacturers weren’t ready to invest in factories, fearing a repeat of the 2000 industry downturn marked by ballooning inventories and rock-bottom pricing…”

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Mast the Unending Software Development Lifecycle of Connected Systems – or it will master you



If you’re developing safety-critical software, you understand the importance of bi-directional requirements traceability to ensure that the design reflects the requirements, that the software implementation reflects the design and that the test processes confirm the correct implementation of that software. 


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Facebook Builds Chip Team, ASIC


EE Times 

“Facebook “is absolutely bringing up a silicon team focused on working with silicon providers, and we have a chip we’re building, but it’s not our primary focus,” said Jason Taylor, vice president of infrastructure at Facebook. The chip is “not the equivalent of [Google’s] TPU” deep-learning accelerator, he added, declining to provide further details on its focus or time frame…”

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How to Find the Lowest Prices on Reliable Parts Without Spending Hours Comparison Shopping


EE Times 


“Electronics pricing is extremely competitive, which is good news for buyers because smart sourcing can provide considerable savings. Securing a better deal on the same parts from one distributor compared to another can make the difference in a final product being cost-effective or not.”

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Bourns® Automotive Component Selection Guide

This Automotive Component Selection guide highlights Bourns’ wide variety of resistors and magnetics to condition and filter electronic circuits and a portfolio of circuit protection products that have been designed specifically for automotive applications.

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