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.


Consumer Electronics in Transition

February 5, 2013 – When the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show opened in Las Vegas last month, many were watching for the “next big thing,” not just from Apple but from many challengers. What does all this mean for the connector industry? John MacWilliams takes a closer look at the market’s opportunities.

The End of the Internet as We Know It?

Is It The End of the Internet as We Know It? Freedom of speech is a core belief in America, codified in the First Amendment to the Constitution. That universal human principle was designed into the founding architecture of the Internet by DARPA and others in the United States industry, government and academia. The now-freeRead More

Server Roundup: Where They’ve Been and Where They’re Going

Computer servers have been in use since the 1980s. They came into being as the computing world shifted from mainframes and minicomputers to distributed PC networks. History and Characterization That development led to a scare for IBM, the original developer of the PC, as the world migrated to PCs and networks, diminishing the role ofRead More

Desktop Roundup: Everything’s Different Now

The consumer PC market has experienced a sea change of technologies that have dramatically altered the computing landscape. We use our devices differently, and we use different devices than we did just 10 years ago. Where the industry will go from here remains to be seen, but we take a look at a few possible directions.

Contract Manufacturing: A $300B Industry

December 4, 2012 – The shift from OEM to EMS/ODM has been particularly challenging for the connector industry, but at $300B, it’s no longer just a fad or trend. John MacWilliams takes a closer look at the evolution of the industry, where it is today, and what might happen next. 

Connector Miniaturization Happens

Over the years, many connector products have been getting smaller, smaller, and smaller. They don’t do this by themselves; miniaturization is caused by electronic systems and subsystems shrinking while being packed with high-density chip-level components. Many connector systems remain relatively large. This disparity in size is because connector designs are as broad as the electronicsRead More

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