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.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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