The lousy economy has slowed the advent of many technologies, particularly optoelectronics and embedded passive components, according to the National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative. NEMI (www.nemi.org) has revised its Road Map outward, saying that technology growth has been pushed out, but not significantly altered. Portable products remain hot, and they help drive the need for embedded passives and system-in-package techniques. Optoelectronics will see acceptance primarily in new SONET equipment, with autos and homes still seen as a long-term growth opportunity.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.