NEW product development, TIME to market (New products), HIGH technology industries, STRATEGIC planning, ELECTRONIC industries, ECONOMIC competition, INFORMATION technology, COMPETITIVE advantage in business, MARKET share, and RAPID prototyping
In fast-cycle, high technology industries, the speed and rate at which companies can introduce products into the market are critical for sustaining competitive advantage and market share. The authors analyze new product development by three international manufacturers that dominate a segment of the electronic component industry. The objective is to examine the impact of two distinct product development strategies and structures on time-to-market. The analysis of more than 200 new product developments provides important findings. A concentrated new product development structure, in contrast to a distributed structure, affords rapid prototyping. However, volume production is reached faster in the distributed structure. Also, devoting more time to prototyping hastens volume production. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
The article reports that the SoC development teams are turning to FPGA-based prototypes as a solution to verifying and delivering consumer electronic products in a timely manner. The author stated that FPGA-based prototypes are the only paradigms that run fast enough to exercise very complex software applications and operating systems. He added that with the use of the prototype, the software embedded into the ASIC or SoC can be integrated with at-speed hardware much earlier in the project so design teams can expedite software development. He emphasized that the prototype equips designers to better handle the emerging challenges associated with increased device and software complexity.
PROTOTYPES, ELECTRONIC industries, HIGH technology industries, ELECTRONICS, SILICON, and NONMETALS
This article focuses on problems associated with electronic components designing. The broad adoption of virtual prototyping and physical synthesis tools have helped reduce the number of synthesis/place-and-route iterations. They also helped RTL coders avoid what they've long dreaded having to become physical-design experts. But these tools only work as well as the underlying assumption that drawn layouts equal on-silicon circuitry. Each new sub100-nm process generation increasingly renders this assumption invalid. INSET: Prototyping & implementation trends.
ELECTRONIC industries, HIGH technology industries, COMPUTER storage devices, FIELD programmable gate arrays, GATE array circuits, PROGRAMMABLE logic devices, DIGITAL electronics, ELECTRONICS, and COMPUTER input-output equipment design & construction
The article offers information on how electronic engineers can leverage the application of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), a semiconductor containing programmable logic components and interconnects, in portable storage devices. Aside from its limited use in prototyping, the author believes that FPGAs can be also used as an interface solution when matching storage device's interfaces from the processor to the optimal memory solution. It is also suggested to be utilized in the development of a processor expansion card and in measuring power of portable storage application.
Electronics Weekly. 5/3/2006, Issue 2239, Special section p6-6. 2/3p. 2 Color Photographs.
ELECTRONIC industries, ENGINEERING design, PROTOTYPES, HIGH technology industries, and ELECTRONIC circuit design
This article focuses on various trends in the electronics industry in Great Britain. Britain is host to a sophisticated electronic design and manufacturing sector capable of creating marketable products from ingenious ideas. Yet the perception is that it has become a services-only-based economy with the demise of its manufacturing base. Whilst there is obvious evidence to show that in this market sector the major global manufacturers have moved to lower cost centres, it is still possible to run a profitable electronics design and manufacturing business in Britain, the key is getting the basics right. For starters it is vital to a design and manufacturing project to have a proven design for manufacture policy. Upon successful completion of the design and prototyping stages, decisions then need to be made regarding how best to assemble production volumes.
INTEGRATED circuits, HIGH technology industries, ELECTRONIC industries, and SILICON industry
The article reports that the silicon technology firm Innos in Southampton, England, is promoting its e-beam fabrication capability as a realistic approach to fast prototyping for fabless chip firms in Great Britain. Because e-beam is a serial write process, it will never be viable for production quantities, but for a few prototypes it is an effective technology. As Innos is based in Great Britain, design to manufacture time is potentially faster than with foundries in the Far East.