In This Issue:

Wireless USB Boasts Convenience for Industrial and Embedded Solutions

Universal serial bus (USB) is an economical and convenient connection for both industrial and commercial applications; USB continues to replace many legacy serial connections (i.e. RS-232, 485).

However, for some industrial and embedded solutions, wireless USB is becoming the choice interface for enabling connectivity to new applications. Products are moving to wireless USB to eliminate cables and to gain the convenience of always being connected.

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Guide to Wireless Technology Standards: Which Makes Sense For Your Application?

Multiple standards exist for wireless: Bluetooth, Wireless USB, Zigbee and WiFi. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages, so depending on your application we would choose different wireless technologies. Read more

 

Upcoming Events

May 12: The next Product Realization Group lunch seminar:

Consider Onshoring – New Choices in Supply Chain Design
Thursday, May 12th from 11:30am – 1:30pm

Why are some of the best companies moving part of their Supply Chain back to the USA from Asia? Offshoring has been popular for the past several years as businesses have been forced to drive costs out of their products in order to remain competitive. Businesses have now had time to analyze the full impact of this decision on their bottom line. The results were surprising for many companies when “hidden costs”, such as freight, delivery risks, and Intellectual Property (IP) losses were calculated, and now there is a strategic shift in direction from offshoring back to building locally. More Info

 

May 19: SME holds their one-day conference Innovation Conference for Engineers in conjunction with the Design 2 Part Show. More Info

Thursday, May 19, 2011
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Santa Clara Convention Center

Tuesday & Thursday Evenings from September 27 to November 29, 2011 Product Realization Group and Foothill College are offering Product Realization Certificate courses. Walt Maclay will present the Engineering Development course as part of this Product Realization Certificate Program. More Info

 

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