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Quick Spin: Ford Mustang GT Bi-Fuel CNG

By Michael Harley

2013 Ford Mustang GT Bi-Fuel - front three-quarter view

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Highly intrigued, we recently visited a Southern California Gas Company office to check out several hybrid vehicles promising something new. Unlike more commonplace gasoline-electric hybrids, we were there to evaluate innovative gasoline-compressed natural gas (CNG) hybrids – yes, they run on unleaded gasoline and compressed natural gas. According to the experts on hand, this arrangement delivers extended range and reduced emissions while chipping in with lower operating costs than pure-gasoline vehicles. There are advantages over its gasoline-electric counterparts, as well.

The program is part of a three-way collaboration between The Carlab, a Southern California-based automotive consulting firm, Landi Renzo USA, a company specializing in alternative fuel solutions, and America’s Natural Gas Alliance, a group that promotes CNG. Long story short, the team has engineered a way to allow a modified internal combustion vehicle to seamlessly switch between two fuels (gasoline and CNG) with no driver intervention. In theory, and if it works as well as promised, it’s a win-win for the vehicle owner and the environment.

Parked at the Gas Company office were six different gasoline-CNG hybrid vehicles. To demonstrate the technology’s versatility (just about any gasoline vehicle may be modified) Carlab brought a varied assortment of bodystyles, each from a different automaker. After taking a quick glance at the half-dozen in the parking lot, we made a beeline for the performance-oriented Ford Mustang GT – a 2012 model – with the six-speed manual gearbox.

Driving Notes:

  • The conversion to bi-fuel requires the installation of a four-gallon composite CNG tank (3,600 psi) beneath the rear trunk liner, CNG bi-fuel port injectors, a special fuel controller, integrated dash display and some other hardware. With the exception of the blue “CNG” diamond on the rear of the trunk, the exterior of this Mustang hybrid offers little clue to what type of fuel it consumes. The interior of the cabin is equally discreet, but a closer look at the digital panel on the instrument cluster reveals an OEM-like four-bar “GGE” gauge with the tank level. Peering under the hood, the only obvious changes are the new injectors (the CNG tank is filled through a nipple located behind the OEM fuel filler door). The conversion adds about 150 pounds to the coupe’s curb weight.
  • From a driver’s standpoint, vehicle operation is unchanged. A sophisticated controller determines which fuel is best for the job (or a mix of both), so gasoline is often used for the cold start. However, after a few moments of operation, the vehicle will seamlessly switch to more efficient CNG operation for partial throttle and during cruising. A firm press on the accelerator immediately delivers gasoline into the combustion chamber, bringing the Mustang’s full 420 horsepower on tap. During our drive of the manual transmission coupe, we noticed a very slight delay – almost a hiccup – at about 3,000 rpm during the bi-fuel transition (we later drove a BMW X3 automatic, and the changeover …read more

    Source: FULL ARTICLE at Autoblog

HTC Begins Major Reorgnization, Adds "Emerging Devices" Unit, Looks To Move Focus from US Market

By Matt Hickey, Contributor

HTC has had an interesting few years. In 2005, they were a profitable company that made OEM handsets that carriers could brand themselves – AT&T could sell an HTC with a boring model number – say, the HTC 89403 – re-branded as something like the “AT&T Pocket PC Phone Super Awesome, OK!”  They were boring phones for boring corporate customers, but they were state of the art at the time. Then the iPhone came along and broke an unwritten rule that the carriers were in charge of the end products they were selling. Just like that, HTC started using their own brand and was quite successful. But lately it’s been struggling, with the much-talked about HTC First, called the “Facebook Phone,” launching to crickets and several top US executives leaving the company. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

Mean Mower? More Like Masochistic Mower: Honda U.K. Builds 130-mph Ride-On Mower

By Alexander Stoklosa

Mean Mower

The concept of a super-high-output ride-on lawn tractor isn’t new, but a factory-backed effort from a major automaker sure is. The guilty party is an outfit that, unlike pretty much every other large OEM, builds everything from cars to weed-wackers, outboard motors, scooters, and, yes, lawn mowers. We’re talking, of course, about Honda, whose U.K. subsidiary decided mixing its lawn-care expertise with its racing know-how would make for one hell of an example of the company’s penchant for innovative engineering. Honda enlisted its touring car partner, Team Dynamics, to help out, and the result is the nearly stock-looking Honda HF2620 lawn tractor you see here, dubbed the Mean Mower.

Putting aside the cutesy name for a moment—it sounds like a riff off of the Snapper Tom Hanks rode in Forrest Gump—nearly everything about the HF2620 except the bodywork is either custom-fabricated or borrowed from other vehicles. Take, for example, the engine: it’s a 1.0-liter V-twin pulled from Honda’s VTR 1000F Firestorm motorcycle. It pumps out 109 horsepower and 71 lb-ft of torque, and backs up to a custom six-speed, paddle-shifted sequential gearbox powering the rear wheels. The steroidal powertrain is mounted in a custom tube-frame chassis, which also serves as the home for the suspension setup from an ATV. Out back, the grass bag actually is home to a fuel tank, a high-capacity oil cooler, and a secondary radiator.

The steering rack, curiously, is from a Morris Minor, but it probably helps the driver stay in control at the absolutely insane speeds Honda claims the Mean Mower is capable of. Top speed is an estimated 133 mph, and the trip from zero to 60 mph takes less than four seconds. These staggering performance figures have the lawn tractor’s power-to-weight ratio to thank; by Honda’s figures it works out to a Veyron-shaming 2.82 pounds per horsepower. Of course, the creation weighs just 309 pounds minus a driver, so that ratio likely changes quite a bit depending on how much the pilot weighs.

A custom Cobra racing seat helps keep that driver in place while mowing about, although it appears to lack a seatbelt. That’s probably for the best, because if this thing were to go blades-up at high speed, we think we’d rather not be strapped to it. Wearing a helmet is a good idea, and ear protection couldn’t hurt, either, since according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, “prolonged exposure to noise above 85–90 decibels can lead to hearing loss.” Riders may find this tidbit useful, since the combination of the motorcycle engine and a Scorpion exhaust make the tractor a 130-decibel sound bazooka at only three-quarter throttle. For reference, that’s nearly as loud as being within 350 feet of a commercial jet taking off.



If you’re thinking that this is only a really convincing-looking, tube-frame lawn-mower look-alike, well, simmer down. The Mean …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Car & Driver

Which Insurance comapanies do not use non-OEM or used parts?

By destruct05

I am looking for an insurance company that does not require non-OEM or used parts.

I had a situation with Amica where they found a used replacement bumper. After talking to them a bit they dropped the idea. I don’t want to have used parts on my car for several reasons: resale value, very difficult to repaint a used bumper, not sure how it was used before, old paint might show somewhere,….

I am looking for a list of insurance companies that do not require non-oem or used parts.

…read more

Source: DoItYourself.com

3 Ways Microsoft Can Save Windows 8

By Steve Heller, The Motley Fool

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By now you should’ve heard that PC sales haven’t exactly been booming. In the first quarter, IDC estimated that PC shipments fell 13.9% year over year, marking the worst quarterly decline ever for the PC industry. Between tablets that are cannibalizing the low-end notebook and the lackluster reaction to Microsoft‘s Windows 8, it’s not surprising to hear that the PC has seen better days. Despite Microsoft‘s efforts to expand its reach in mobile, the health of the PC industry remains central to the company’s overall profitability and growth prospects.

With Windows 8, Microsoft attempted to reorient the PC experience to embrace an increasingly mobile and touch-friendly world. However, the sales pace of Windows 8 hasn’t exactly been stellar. Thus far, Windows 8 is shaping up to be one of Microsoft’s biggest flops, surpassing Windows Vista in the process. In other words, Microsoft needs to find a way to reverse the trend and get users to wholeheartedly embrace the modernized Windows experience.

Here’s how Microsoft could prevent Windows 8 from being an epic failure.

Kill Windows RT
Windows RT has been a nightmare since the beginning. It has utterly confused consumers since there are inherent differences between the full version of Windows 8 and Windows RT. For one, Windows RT devices are powered by ARM Holdings designs, which to the consumer means that legacy Windows applications are not compatible. However, devices powered by ARM offer the promise of smaller form factors and improved battery life over Intel -powered designs.

Microsoft has done a poor job relaying these and other subtleties between Windows 8 and Windows RT to consumers. The Verge investigated the topic and found that Microsoft failed to properly educate its employees, which naturally damaged consumer perceptions about the product. As a result of this confusion, Samsung decided not to launch any Windows RT devices in the U.S. and stopped RT sales in Germany. Acer has delayed introducing any Windows RT devices in the U.S. until it had a better sense of how Microsoft Surface RT sales fared. When major OEM partners don’t even want to embrace Windows RT, how can Microsoft really make it a success story?

If only Microsoft would have just stuck with Intel’s x86 architecture the whole time …

Introduce a $200 Windows 8 tablet
Not only would a $200 Windows 8-powered tablet do wonders for Microsoft’s mobile prospects, but it would also probably give Apple and Google a run for their money in the tablet space. Both Apple’s and Google’s tablet experience lack the level of productivity that that would be possible on a Windows 8 tablet powered by Intel’s upcoming Bay Trail processor. With a few added peripherals, such a device could become an impromptu, yet highly capable, PC in a pinch.

Speaking of Bay Trail, the future of the PC also hinges on Intel’s ability to introduce technology that enables a compelling

Source: FULL ARTICLE at DailyFinance

SAE Congress: Evolve Hybrid Wheels give Ford Focus SE a 1.1 mpg boost

By Sebastian Blanco

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As fuel economy regulations tighten all around the world, each part of the automobile is getting a second (and third and fourth …) look to see if there is any way to squeeze out a few more yards per gallon. At the SAE World Congress in Detroit this week, Lacks Enterprises was showing off its contribution to the get-every-efficiency debate: Evolve Hybrid Wheels.

James Ardern, Lacks Wheel Trim Systems director of business development, told AutoblogGreen that wheels, which spin at 1,000 rpm, are pretty much four propellers that can have a big effect on aerodynamics, an effect that hasn’t been measured nearly as much as it could be.

“We have learned that wheels are contributing significantly to the fuel economy of a vehicle.”

“We have learned that wheels are contributing significantly to the fuel economy of a vehicle,” he said. The things right next to the wheels, the tires get tested. Consumer Reports, for example, has shown that better, more efficient tires can raise a vehicles mpg rating by one or two ticks, and Lacks has test results that show that the wheels – at least the Evolve wheels – can do the same.

The Evolve Hybrid Wheels are not to be only used on hybrids. The name comes from the hybrid composite wheel technology that is applied to a structural aluminum backbone that is both lightweight and strong. Then, the designers can add a variety of shapes to blend aerodynamic efficiency with good looks (eye of the beholder and all). Lacks had Rousch conduct some independent tests, and discovered that a Ford Focus SE outfitted with the Evolve wheels got a 0.4 mile per gallon improvement in the average city fuel economy and a 1.1 mpg highway improvement, compared to the car’s stock wheels.

The idea is to co-develop efficient wheels with the automakers, and Ardern said Lacks is currently in discussions with three different OEMs and, “We do have one Evolve wheel already launching on an OEM capacity towards the end of this year,” but he would not name which company. First truck testing will be tested by June and a second in August/September, and the same type of test will be run. An expanded set of tests will be done on the Focus this summer as well. There are no plans to test the wheels on an alternative power vehicle, but Ardern did say the program “will keep expanding.”

“Why hasn’t this happened before? One, it hasn’t been measured. Two, it is difficult to do it. It is not an exaggeration to say wheel development includes to many towers of competency: wheel suppliers themselves from a manufacturing point of view, wheel engineering from a structural and safety point of view, not also weight teams and fuel economy and ride and handling teams are getting involved. But then you’ve still got design and now

From: http://feeds.autoblog.com/~r/weblogsinc/autoblog/~3/grBZco5yVBE/

PPG Reports First Quarter Results

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PPG Reports First Quarter Results

  • First quarter 2013 sales from continuing operations of $3.3 billion
  • First quarter adjusted earnings per diluted share from continuing operations of $1.58
  • Reported earnings per diluted share of $16.31, including large nonrecurring gain from commodity chemicals business separation
  • Aggregate coatings segment earnings increased 13 percent with growth in each region
  • Incremental restructuring savings of nearly $30 million realized in quarter
  • Cash deployed for share repurchases during quarter totaled $140 million
  • Increased synergy target following completion of AkzoNobel North American architectural coatings acquisition

PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)– PPG Industries (NYS: PPG) today reported first quarter 2013 net sales from continuing operations of $3.3 billion, equal with the prior year. Reported net income and earnings per diluted share for the current and prior year include several nonrecurring items, which are detailed in a reconciliation below. First quarter 2013 adjusted net income and earnings per diluted share from continuing operations, excluding nonrecurring charges, were $235 million and $1.58 respectively. First quarter 2012 adjusted net income and earnings per diluted share from continuing operations, excluding nonrecurring charges, were $216 million and $1.41 respectively.

“During the quarter, we delivered strong performance in our coatings portfolio, as we grew aggregate coatings segment earnings by 13 percent versus last year’s record level,” said Charles E. Bunch, PPG chairman and CEO. “We continued to experience notable demand divergence among the major regional economies, with activity generally strong in North America, broad growth improvement in Asia and persistent weakness in Europe.

“Despite these regional differences, our coatings earnings grew in each major region aided principally by our proactive cost-management actions coupled with the continued strength of several end-use markets, including automotive OEM, aerospace and U.S. construction,” Bunch said.

Bunch commented that sales and earnings fell in the Optical and Specialty Materials segment based on weaker consumer demand in the United States, which was partly offset by volume growth from a strong new product introduction in Europe in February. Glass segment earnings declined versus the prior year on weaker fiber glass results, Bunch said.

“Strategically, we completed the acquisition of the AkzoNobel North American architectural coatings business April 1. The

From: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/04/18/ppg-reports-first-quarter-results/

Fairchild Semiconductor Reports Results for the First Quarter 2013

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Fairchild Semiconductor Reports Results for the First Quarter 2013

  • Bookings at $400 million Quarterly Rate for First Quarter and So Far in Second Quarter
  • Direct OEM Bookings at Highest Level Since 2010
  • Automotive Product Line Sales up 26% Sequentially to Record Quarterly Level

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Fairchild Semiconductor (NYS: FCS) , a leading global supplier of power semiconductors, today announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013. Fairchild reported first quarter sales of $343.2 million, up 3 percent from the prior quarter and 3 percent lower than the 14 week first quarter of 2012.

Fairchild reported a first quarter net loss of $0.5 million or $0.00 per diluted share compared to a net loss of $13.6 million or $0.11 per diluted share in the prior quarter and net income of $1.6 million or $0.01 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2012. Gross margin was 26.9 percent compared to 29.8 percent in the prior quarter and in the year-ago quarter.

Fairchild reported first quarter adjusted gross margin of 27.8 percent, down 200 basis points from the prior quarter and the first quarter of 2012. Adjusted gross margin excludes accelerated depreciation related to a line closure. Adjusted net loss was $2.0 million or $0.02 per diluted share, compared to net income of $12.3 million or $0.10 per diluted share in the prior quarter and $8.3 million or $0.06 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2012. This adjusted net loss excludes the $12.6 million litigation charge reversal related to the recent favorable court ruling on the first Power Integrations lawsuit. See the Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted Net Income exhibit included in this press release for more details on the other adjustment items.

“First quarter sales and second quarter guidance are better than seasonal,” said Mark Thompson, Fairchild’s chairman and CEO. “Bookings were robust throughout the first quarter and so far through Q2 at about a $400 million quarterly rate. These strong order rates are especially evident for our direct OEM business which is booking at the highest level since 2010. We posted solid sales growth in our high voltage products serving the industrial, appliance and automotive markets as well as continued market share gains for our mobile analog and power management solutions. These markets now account for 74% of total company sales, the highest

From: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/04/18/fairchild-semiconductor-reports-results-for-the-fi/

Advanced Composites Recognized by General Motors as a 2012 Supplier of the Year Winner

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Advanced Composites Recognized by General Motors as a 2012 Supplier of the Year Winner

TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– General Motors (GM) recognized Advanced Composites, a subsidiary of Mitsui Chemicals (TOKYO:4183), as one of its best global automotive suppliers on Wednesday, March 13 during its 21st annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony. The event was held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.

Advanced Composites won 2012 GM Supplier of the Year award (Photo: Business Wire)

Advanced Composites and its parent company Mitsui Chemicals are strongly committed to the success of GM and the entire global automotive industry,” stated Advanced Composites spokesperson. “We are honored to be recognized with the GM Supplier of the Year award and are very happy to be a part of the GM global supply base.”

Advanced Composites was one of only 83 suppliers recognized by GM who have consistently exceeded GM‘s expectations by being innovative, delivering quality products and services on time and by creating outstanding value. This is the first time Advanced Composites has received the Supplier of the Year award.

Advanced Composites helped play a critical role in GM‘s success in 2012 through their dedication and commitment to consistently exceed our expectations by being innovative, delivering high quality products and services on time and by creating outstanding value,” said Grace Lieblein, GM vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “We are thrilled to recognize Advanced Composites, who we consider to be a world-class supplier.”

The Supplier of the Year award is given to less than 1 percent of GM‘s approximately 18,500 suppliers around the world. The winners are recognized for delivering innovative technology, superior quality, timely crisis management and competitive, total-enterprise cost solutions.

Advanced Composites is a producer of engineered Polypropylene Compounds uniquely developed for the global automotive industry with varied applications such as; exterior bumpers, instrument panels and interior applications related to deployable airbag applications.

The Supplier of the Year winners are chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics executives.

About Advanced Composites
Advanced Composites is a proud member of the Mitsui Chemical global network of PP compounding companies. Our goal is to design, produce, and supply the global automotive industry with products that provide solutions for the OEM plastic challenges, while remaining a committed member of the global community.

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From: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/04/17/advanced-composites-recognized-by-general-motors-a/

Is Samsung About to Get Samsunged?

By Evan Niu, CFA, The Motley Fool

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Pop quiz. Name this company:

A vertically integrated South Korean conglomerate with an extensive supplier relationship with Apple has ambitious hopes in the smartphone market. The company will aggressively imitate the products of rivals in the pursuit of success, and also further integrate additional key components, such as investing more heavily in its own mobile processors.

Time’s up
Pencil’s down. The correct answer? LG Electronics.

That’s right; LG is in the process of doing to Samsung what Samsung did to Apple. LG has just unveiled a new “Value Pack” of software upgrades for its Optimus G Pro, and some of the features that the company is adding are straight out of Samsung’s playbook.

LG‘s Smart Video pauses videos when the user looks away, an obvious carbon copy of Samsung’s Smart Pause. There’s also the Dual Camera feature, which simultaneously takes pictures using both sensors, and is exactly like Samsung’s Dual Shot. This is all for a device that already looks identical to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 (except without the stylus).

Galaxy Note 2 (left) vs. Optimus G Pro (right). Sources: Samsung and LG.

The Optimus G Pro was unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February, so it technically predates the Galaxy S4 that it also resembles. The 5.5-inch phablet isn’t expected to launch in the U.S. until May, though, which comes after the Galaxy S4.

The bad news for Samsung is that there’s little stopping LG from successfully using its own strategy against it. One of the benefits of enormous marketing budgets, however, is that Samsung has been able to build its Galaxy brand.

Another big marketing spender
While smaller rivals like HTC simply can’t keep up with Samsung’s marketing budget (even if HTC offers higher-quality products), larger competitors such as LG have more of a chance. Last year, LG spent $1.1 billion on advertising. When you add in other below-the-line marketing expenses like promotions ($652 million) and commissions ($1.6 billion), we’re talking about more than $3.3 billion in marketing.

That’s more than the $1 billion that Apple spent in fiscal 2012 (but less than Samsung) on advertising ,and Apple doesn’t really use below-the-line marketing as much. The Mac maker doesn’t typically offer very many promotions, and most of its sales are conducted through its online store or retail stores, where sales reps aren’t compensated with commissions.

Android loyalty isn’t Samsung loyalty
Android consumers have shown their fickleness before. It seems like just yesterday that HTC was the Android champion, but that was 2010. Even for users loyal to the platform, they’re normally not loyal to the OEM brand. It’s quite conceivable that another Android vendor could supplant Samsung in exactly the same way that Samsung displaced HTC.

Source: IDC.

Maybe it won’t be LG; maybe it’ll be Chinese vendors like ZTE or Huawei, both of which showed up on the global top-five radar last year. This may be more likely, since

From: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/04/13/is-samsung-about-to-get-samsunged/

Accelerated computing / GPUs

By figaro

There are plenty of sources that explain the performance per watt of a computer. However, I wanted to investigate how accelerated computer components (notably GPUs) have become more efficient at a lower price over the years. I have thus defined a metric: performance per watt per price-unit, and plotted these by launch date and launch price.
The results are as follows:

Notes:

  • GFLOPS are single precision
  • Prices are in euro as they were approximately at launch date; if no launch price is known, it has not been proxied with a current price and no plot point is shown
  • Data taken mostly from Comparison of Nvidia graphics processing units – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and collection started from the advent of multi-core GPU architectures. The choice of Nvidia was made, because of our professional interest in deploying CUDA and does not constitute an endorsement.
  • Data is on retail components as opposed to OEM components.
  • Launch prices are often artificially high, because it is the feature set that appeals to the enthusiasts who are also the first movers. The price degradation over time (loosely 10% per year) has not been taken into account.
  • The last two plot points are the GeForce GTX Titan and GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost.

So while performance per watt has increased more than 5-fold over the observed period, the performance per watt per price-unit has not kept up accordingly: almost 4-fold.

In fact, there is even an inverse relationship between the number of cores and the performance metric:

Perhaps the high end cards do not drop in price as much and maintain their price level at launch to finance the development of the lower end cards.

From: http://www.unix.com/high-performance-computing/221051-accelerated-computing-gpus.html

Dell Streamlines Supply Chain Efficiency for OEM Customers; Signs New Licensing Agreement with Micro

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Dell Streamlines Supply Chain Efficiency for OEM Customers; Signs New Licensing Agreement with Microsoft

  • Agreement streamlines processes and enables customers to bring products to market faster

ROUND ROCK, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Today Dell OEM Solutions announced that it has worked with Microsoft Corp. to become a global distributor, outsource manufacturer and integrator for Windows Embedded products.

The agreement, which went into effect on April 1, enables Dell to provide Windows Embedded product licenses (COAs) with Dell product solutions. This means it is easier for Dell OEM Solutions customers to bring their products and solutions to market through:

  • Shorter lead times with in-stock COAs
  • Streamlined purchase order processes by eliminating the requirements for custom factory integration (CFI) and custom factory service (CFS)
  • Eliminated need for multiple in-region suppliers due to global implementation1

“We’re very excited to be the only tier-one manufacturer able to bring our customers this level of integration with Windows Embedded products,” said Joyce Mullen, vice president and general manager, OEM Solutions, Dell. “With streamlined processes, fewer suppliers to manage and seamless globalization, we can help more customers drive innovation, speed time to revenue and deliver their intellectual property to end users taking advantage of Dell hardware, services, engineering and supply chain capabilities.”

“Simplifying IT for enterprises has been the primary goal of our work with Dell for more than 30 years,” said John Doyle, director of product management for Windows Embedded at Microsoft. “This licensing agreement with Dell exemplifies that shared goal, helping to streamline the supply chain experience to make it easier and quicker for OEM customers to bring their innovative intelligent systems solutions and devices to market.”

This agreement is one more development in the strong ecosystem that Dell OEM Solutions provides its customers. By working with industry leaders like Microsoft, Dell OEM customers have the ability to develop and deliver solutions that are more efficient, get to market faster and grow their business more strategically. This ecosystem provides a high-quality, tested infrastructure taking advantage of third-party technologies and Dell Solutions with the unique demands of OEM customers in mind.

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From: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/04/11/dell-streamlines-supply-chain-efficiency-for-oem-c/

Mercedes-Benz Execs Talk 13 New Models, Electric Cars, and Hybrid AMGs

By Eric Tingwall

Mercedes-Benz has little fear its entry-level CLA250 will cannibalize sales of its C-class.

Mercedes-Benz has never had a stronger first quarter in the United States than it has had in 2013, but the German automaker isn’t about to slow down. The company is taking strides to secure its position over the long term and to bolster its global sales with 13 all-new new models by 2020. These vehicles aren’t just refreshes and redesigns; the Stuttgart-based marque will introduce 13 new nameplates—vehicles without a predecessor. We know there will be the front-drive-based GLA-class crossover and the S-class will add coupe and convertible variants, but the bulk of the plan remains a mystery. Hoping to fill in some of the unknowns, we sat down with four of the most influential executives at Mercedes-Benz: Thomas Weber, head of R&D; Dieter Zetsche, Daimler chairman and head of Mercedes-Benz cars; Jörg Prigl, vice president of small-car development; and Ola Källenius, chairman of Mercedes-Benz AMG. Here’s what they had to say about the future of Mercedes:

Car and Driver: We’re struggling to find 13 obvious holes in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. What kinds of vehicles are coming? Should we expect Mercedes versions of BMW’s Gran Turismos?

Thomas Weber: To build such a vehicle is easy. To be successful is the name of the game. You also must be careful not to say a current trend is a trend forever. We will certainly add long-wheelbase models targeting the Asian markets. As we look at these new models, we need to beat our competitors in three areas: design, powertrains, and environmental and safety technologies.

C/D: Is there any concern that the $30,825 CLA250 might dilute the brand image in the U.S. or cannibalize C-class sales?

Dieter Zetsche: Our more-mature, more-affluent customers are very good to us. At the same time, the A-class has an average age drop of 10 years [in Europe]. It’s all about striking the right balance. The new S-class will move into Rolls-Royce Ghost territory. Just as we introduce small cars, we keep the light shining on the brand.

Jörg Prigl: If we saw that as a risk, we shouldn’t have done the CLA. We are not fighting for the loyal customers we have.

Mercedes wants to be at the forefront of EV development.

C/D: Electric vehicles have failed to take off in the U.S. Why bring the electric B-class to market?

Prigl: Technology leadership in a potential future drivetrain is a must for us. The partnership with Tesla will help us speed up and beat the competition. If you believe you can do this alone as an automaker, you will fail. The battery cell should not be done by the OEM. There should be huge competition among suppliers to get the cell right. The specific know-how for the automaker is in the packaging and the battery management. Tesla provides the complete powertrain for the B-class

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Car & Driver

SED International Holdings Appoints Derrek Hallock SVP and GM U.S. Commercial Division

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SED International Holdings Appoints Derrek Hallock SVP and GM U.S. Commercial Division

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– SED International Holdings, Inc. (NYSE MKT: SED), announced today that the Company has appointed Derrek P. Hallock as SVP and GM of the U.S. Commercial Division. The Commercial Division has responsibility to grow SED‘s business among the VAR, MSP and OEM communities. Mr. Hallock will be based in the company’s Atlanta area headquarters and will manage both the client sales and vendor management functions of the Commercial Division.

Last week SED announced that it is focusing its business on three areas: IT storage systems, small business IT solutions and merchandized e-commerce fulfillment. A major focus among these areas is the small business solutions market served by IT VAR‘s and MSP‘s. “Derrek is the ideal candidate to grow SED‘s penetration of the Small Business market in the U.S.,” said Bob O’Malley, President and CEO. “His experiences in supply chain management, VAR sales and Distributor Marketing Services are a perfect fit to our new focused strategy.”

Most recently Mr. Hallock was Tech Data’s Vice President of TDAgency, with direct responsibility for managing a $60 million full service marketing and advertising agency. TDAgency creates channel enabled marketing programs that bridge the demand connection between IT manufacturers and channel client objectives. Prior to TDAgency, Mr. Hallock had responsibility for Tech Data’s SMB VAR Sales managing operations in the U.S., Canada and Costa Rica. He has also held management positions at CompuCom Systems, Dixie Aerospace and American Airlines.

“I am delighted to be joining the SED International team and returning to a leadership role in the Small Business IT marketplace,” said Derrek Hallock. “Small Businesses across the U.S. have the same appetite for technology as large enterprises. With the right support from SED and our channel partners, they have the ability to implement leading IT solutions much faster. SED‘s strategy to leverage cloud services, storage applications and demand for mobile solutions will enable our clients to achieve profitable growth and further penetrate the SMB marketplace.”

ABOUT SED INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS, INC.

Founded in 1980, SED International Holdings, Inc. is a multinational, preferred distributor of leading computer technology, consumer electronics, small appliances, housewares, and personal care products. The company also offers custom-tailored supply chain management services ideally suited to meet the priorities and distribution requirements of the e-commerce, Business-to-Business and Business-to-Consumer markets. Headquartered near Atlanta, Georgia with business operations in California; Florida; Georgia; New Jersey; Texas; Bogota, Colombia and Buenos …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at DailyFinance

Henri Richard Named SanDisk's Senior Vice President of Worldwide OEM &amp; Enterprise Sales

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Henri Richard Named SanDisk’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide OEM & Enterprise Sales

MILPITAS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today announced it has appointed Henri Richard as senior vice president (SVP) of worldwide OEM & enterprise sales. Reporting to Sanjay Mehrotra, SanDisk’s president and CEO, Richard brings 25 years of experience as a senior sales and marketing executive in the high technology industry, with significant experience in the semiconductor market. Richard will be responsible for global sales, service and support for SanDisk’s growing customer base in the OEM, B2B and enterprise channels. These include smartphone and tablet manufacturers, enterprise storage companies, PC manufacturers, value-added resellers, distributors and direct enterprise customers.

SanDisk appoints Henri Richard as senior vice president of worldwide OEM & enterprise sales. (Photo: Business Wire)

Mehrotra commented, “Henri’s proven track record and deep experience in the storage, semiconductor, systems and software industries will build upon our strong OEM and enterprise sales organizations. His addition bolsters the executive team, further enabling our long-term growth strategies and leadership in the flash memory industry.”

Prior to joining SanDisk, Richard served as SVP and chief sales and marketing officer for Freescale since 2007, leading an organization of over 1,000 people with functional responsibilities that included sales, technical support, and corporate, field and segment marketing. Prior to Freescale, Richard held various senior executive sales and marketing positions at companies including AMD, WebGain, IBM and Seagate. Richard has worked in both the U.S. and Europe, and his experience includes entrepreneurial roles in addition to senior corporate positions.

Richard holds a Baccalaureate E Science & Technology degree from Ecole Nationale Radiotechnique Electronique Appliquee in France; he also attended the Université Paris Jussieu, the Ville d’Avray Institute of Technology and completed numerous executive development programs at the CRC Jouy en Josas.

About SanDisk

SanDisk Corporation (NAS: SNDK) is a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, from research and development, product design and manufacturing to branding and distribution for commercial and retail channels. Since 1988, SanDisk’s innovations in flash memory and storage system technologies have provided customers with new and transformational digital experiences. SanDisk’s diverse product portfolio includes flash memory cards and embedded solutions used in smart phones, tablets, digital cameras, camcorders, digital media players and other consumer electronic devices, as well …read more

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Spectrum Brands Completes Acquisition of Residential Lockset Business of Tong Lung Metal Industry Co

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Spectrum Brands Completes Acquisition of Residential Lockset Business of Tong Lung Metal Industry Co. Ltd.

MADISON, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYS: SPB) announced today that it has completed the acquisition of the residential lockset business of Tong Lung Metal Industry Co. Ltd. (Tong Lung), a Taiwanese manufacturer of residential and commercial locksets and related hardware, in connection with Spectrum Brands‘ accretive cash purchase of the Hardware & Home Improvement Group (HHI) of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYS: SWK) on December 17, 2012. The commercial lockset business of Tong Lung will remain with Stanley Black & Decker.

A total of $100 million of the $1.4 billion HHI purchase price had been held in escrow until the closing of the Tong Lung portion of the HHI acquisition. Thepurchase includes the Tong Lung Metal Industry Co. Ltd. name, a major residential lockset manufacturing plant in Subic Bay, Philippines and sales, R&D and engineering operations for tooling and new product development in Taiwan. For the 12 months ended December 31, 2011, the Tong Lung residential business had sales of approximately $48 million, excluding sales to HHI. Tong Lung‘s residential OEM and branded lockset sales are primarily to customers in North America, Asia and Latin America. Tong Lung branded products are predominantly sold under its EZSET brand.

With manufacturing operations in the Philippines and Taiwan, Tong Lung further diversifies and vertically integrates HHI‘s supply chain and expands capacity for high quality tubular, electronic, mortise and cylindrical lockset manufacturing and hardware manufacturing that will accelerate HHI‘s global growth initiatives.

Tong Lung‘s existing sales and distribution channels throughout Asia and Latin America provide immediate new growth opportunities for HHI‘s international lock and electronic security products. HHI‘s focus on innovation in both traditional and electronic product categories will be enhanced through Tong Lung‘s manufacturing tooling center and robust, in-house engineering and R&D capabilities, which will add velocity and breadth to new product introductions.

HHI is a major manufacturer and supplier of residential locksets, residential builders’ hardware and faucets for residential applications with a portfolio of renowned brands, including Kwikset, Weiser, Baldwin, National Hardware, Stanley, FANAL, Pfister and EZSET. HHI is a leader in its key markets with #1 positions in U.S. residential locksets (Kwikset), Canada residential locksets (Weiser), U.S. luxury locksets (Baldwin), and U.S. builders’ hardware (Stanley/National Hardware), and a top 5 position in U.S. faucets (Pfister).


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Hanwha SolarOne Launches New Generation HSL Series

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Hanwha SolarOne Launches New Generation HSL Series

“Stronger, smaller and lighter module with anti-PID technology”

SHANGHAI–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Hanwha SolarOne Co. Ltd. (Hanwha SolarOne), a top-10 global photovoltaic manufacturer of high-quality solar modules at competitive costs, today announced the global launch of its new generation modules – the HSL Series. Compared to previous generation modules, these offer a smaller and lighter design, higher power output and enhanced durability, with new features like anti-PID (potential induced degradation) technology, anti-salt mist corrosion and increased snow and wind loads.

“The launch of Hanwha SolarOne’s new polycrystalline modules marks a significant milestone in the evolution of our product offerings. Made with Hanwha SolarOne’s industry-leading technology, these modules deliver high performance at a competitive cost to meet the needs of our customers,” said Hanwha SolarOne President Min-Su Kim. “As the world’s most reliable partner in solar, we will continue to develop a wider range of industry-leading technology and solutions that provide the best value for our customers.”

Hanwha SolarOne’s HSL Series is built for utility, commercial and residential applications. Approximately 2 percent smaller than the previous generation, these modules yield an average 2 percent higher module efficiency. With 30 percent greater protection against snow and 65 percent better wind resistance, they can withstand a snow load of up to 7000pa and a wind load of up to 4000pa. Additionally, at 1.5kg lighter than the previous generation, the new HSL Series is easier and more cost-effective to pack, transport and install. HSL60 Poly and HSL72 Poly are the first among HSL Series modules to have passed the stringent TUV Rheinland PID test.

Backed by a 25-year linear power warranty and 12-year workmanship warranty, HSL Series modules have enhanced quality assurance with International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certification, signaling Hanwha SolarOne’s commitment to delivering high-quality products to every region in the world.

About Hanwha SolarOne

Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd. (NAS: HSOL) is one of the top 10 photovoltaic manufacturers in the world, providing cost-competitive, high quality PV modules. It is the flagship company of Hanwha Group, a FORTUNE global 500 company. Hanwha SolarOne serves the utility, commercial, government and residential markets for a growing network of third-party distributors, OEM manufacturers and system integrators. The company maintains a strong presence worldwide, with employees located throughout Europe, North America and …read more

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Canon Virginia Named as the First Manufacturer to Earn Responsible Recycling (R2) Certification

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Canon Virginia Named as the First Manufacturer to Earn Responsible Recycling (R2) Certification

MELVILLE, N.Y–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Canon Virginia, Inc. (CVI), is the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to achieve Responsible Recycling Practices for Electronics Recyclers (R2) certification. This certification is a result of an independent audit of CVI’s facilities in Newport News, Va., confirming that it’s facilities meet the R2 Standard, a comprehensive set of best management practices governing the environmental, health, safety and security aspects of the electronics recycling industry.

Electronic manufacturing companies typically employ third-party recyclers, however, the majority of the recycling at the CVI facility is done on site. This practice helps to reduce the environmental footprint of the product and is another example of Canon’s dedication to maximizing efficiency and environmental practices. While other recycling companies have been recipients of the R2 Certification, CVI is the first OEM to receive this distinction.

Achieving R2 certification is a major accomplishment and supports our commitment to the environment,” said Toru Nishizawa, president and chief executive officer, Canon Virginia. “We work very hard to ensure the recycling side of our business complements Canon’s research and development efforts to help minimize the environmental impact of our products. As an OEM, Canon is combining manufacturing and recycling under one roof to strengthen our profile and offer a unique business value to our customers and society.”

R2 is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-recognized accreditation standard that helps to ensure electronics recyclers remain accountable for their processes while also helping to protect supply chain employees, and others, who are exposed to e-waste. The R2 audit involves a seven-step process that evaluates over 50 areas of operational performance. The certification ensures the highest levels of compliance in environmental practices, procedures and data security and implements strict recycling and material disposal regulations.

This certification, covering the Canon facilities in Virginia responsible for the testing, refurbishment and repair of returned copiers, printers and cameras, is one example of Canon’s dedication to maximizing sound environmental practices while continually looking for ways to reduce consumption throughout all aspects of the business. Recently, Canon U.S.A., Inc. became one of the first electronic equipment manufacturers with qualifying products in the new imaging equipment category of EPEAT®, a global registry for greener electronics. CVI’s R2 Certification helps support Canon’s efforts to promote various environmental initiatives more effectively throughout the product life-cycle, supported by Canon U.S.A., Inc.’s Environmental Management System and ISO 14001 certificate. Canon U.S.A., Inc., and more than 700 additional Canon …read more

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RF Industries Announces the Appointment of Independent Board Member Joseph Benoit

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RF Industries Announces the Appointment of Independent Board Member Joseph Benoit

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– RF Industries Ltd. (Nasdaq: RFIL) announced today that it has appointed Joseph Benoit to serve as an independent member on the Company’s Board of Directors.

From 1992-2012 Mr. Benoit held executive positions of increasing responsibility at Union Bank. As a Senior Vice President/Market President he directly managed over 100 Union Bank branch offices. In 2008 he became Executive Vice President and head of Business Banking for Union Bank. He subsequently served as Union Bank‘s integration manager for their FDIC assisted acquisitions.

Mr. Benoit has served on numerous boards, primarily in a finance capacity, including the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Pacific Coast Banking School and the San Diego Zoological Society Foundation. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from San Diego State University, an MBA from National University and he is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School.

Howard Hill, CEO of RF Industries, stated, “We are very pleased to welcome Joe as a new independent member of our Board of Directors. We believe that his extensive financial experience will be of tremendous value to our board as we look to build long term value for our shareholders.”

About RF Industries

RF Industries manufactures, designs and distributes Radio Frequency (RF) connectors and cable assemblies, medical cabling products, RF wireless products and fiber optic cable products. Coaxial connectors, cable assemblies and custom microwave RF connectors are used for Wi-Fi, PCS, radio, test instruments, computer networks, antenna devices, aerospace, OEM and Government agencies. Medical Cabling and Interconnector products are specialized custom electrical cabling products for the medical equipment monitoring market. RF Wireless products include digital data transceivers for industrial monitoring, wide area networks, GPS tracking and mobile wireless network solutions. Fiber optic cable, connector and harness products serve computer, aerospace, computer networking and specialty applications.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements with respect to future events which are subject to a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: changes in the telecommunications industry; the operations of the Cables Unlimited division which was acquired in June 2011; and the Company’s reliance …read more

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Teradyne to Debut New TestStation Systems at SMT Hybrid Packaging 2013 Conference

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Teradyne to Debut New TestStation Systems at SMT Hybrid Packaging 2013 Conference

NORTH READING, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Teradyne, Inc. (NYS: TER) , a global provider of proven, high quality, PCB test and inspection equipment, announced that the company will participate in the SMT Hybrid Packaging 2013 Conference as both an exhibitor and presenter, and will debut several major test system upgrades at the event that bring improved efficiency and productivity gains to high-volume PCB production.

SMT Hybrid Packaging is Europe´s largest event on System Integration in Micro Electronics. The event will take place in Nuremberg, Germany from April 16-18. Teradyne will exhibit in Booth #7-431. Teradyne Marketing manager John Arena will present to conference attendees in a session titled, “Doing More with a Lot Less: Automation and Multi-site PCB Test Economics.” The presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 16 from 15:40-16:00 local time.

Teradyne has been a leading provider of high quality Printed Circuit Board (PCB) automated production test equipment for over 40 years. Teradyne’s Commercial Board Test Group designs, manufactures and markets Automatic Test Equipment (ATE) solutions to the world’s leading PCB original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and electronics manufacturing services (EMS) suppliers. Its mission is to help electronics manufacturers ensure product integrity and final quality of their products by delivering the highest possible fault coverage and defect detection technology available.

TestStation is Teradyne’s flagship family of in-circuit test systems that provide electronics manufacturers with reliable, high-quality test for all the latest PCB technologies. At SMT Hybrid Packaging, Teradyne will debut new members of the TestStation family that bring improved efficiency and productivity gains to high-volume PCB production lines.

“SMT Hybrid Packaging is the perfect venue to launch the next generation of Teradyne’s TestStation,” said Arena. “It draws a global audience of electronics manufacturers who are all there to gain exposure to the very latest technology. We’re looking forward to the conference.”

About Teradyne

Teradyne (NYS: TER) is a leading supplier of Automatic Test Equipment used to test semiconductors, wireless products, data storage and complex electronic systems which serve consumer, communications, industrial and government customers. In 2012, Teradyne had sales of $1.66 billion and employs approximately 3,600 people …read more

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