Featured Articles


Let There Be (LED) Light

LED Light Governments, energy producers, and environmentalists around the world have been on a mission to kill the incandescent light bulb. A very small percentage of the energy these lampsRead More

The Two Faces of the Russian Connector Market

May 7, 2013 – The Russian Federation should benefit from more regional trade once the country fully complies with WTO rules in 2018, as its industrial production growth has been in decline over the past three years and has even moved into negative territory in 2013.

Uncle Sam Wants You! (And Your Connectors!)

06-18-13- Government involvement in industry has waxed and waned over the years, depending on the administration in Washington. Over the past 20 years or so, government policy has been consistent in some areas, such as NSF and federal lab funding, but inconsistent in others. While industry and government have often joined forces for research and development, the connector industry has not been as involved with these opportunities as other sectors of the electronics industry.

Connectors In a Wireless World

Mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, are a disruptive technology that is shaking up the norms of system architecture. Traditional methods of introducing power and managing I/O are undergoing changes that have major implications for traditional connectors.

Electronics Manufacturing: Is That the System You Designed?

May 21, 2013 – The reality is there are no guarantees that the actual connector specified by the design engineer will make it through to the finished product. A design engineer may prefer a particular connector and include it in a design, but this doesn’t guarantee the specific component will end up in the final product. Depending upon cost and volume availability, as well as OEM preferences or relationships with particular suppliers, the design engineer’s influence over the parts selection can be severely curtailed in the manufacturing process.

Is it Death by Air for the PC?

April 16, 2013 – What does the landslide of new tablet and smartphone introductions mean for the future of the PC? And how will it affect the connector industry? John MacWilliams looks at the tablet and PC market to find out if reports of the PC’s demise are greatly exaggerated.