Industry Insights

What Happened To Wyoming’s Lithium?

A ticker-tape parade was the only thing missing when lithium deposits were discovered in southwest Wyoming near Rock Springs in 2013. At the time, there was one working lithium mine in the US; unfortunately, that’s still true. Demand for lithium was high then and has skyrocketed to meet its use in rechargeable and EV batteries.

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EV Momentum—Where are we?

Last month, we examined if the EV push could be unraveling. This month, I’ll explore evidence that indicates EVs are picking up momentum globally. In this counterpoint article, let’s forget about the new EPA regulations and mandates for now while taking in adoption rates, what’s driving EV demand, rapid technology advances, and just how easy

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Power Solutions—GaN, SiC, and Si—What You Should Know

A large variety of power solutions exist between silicon (Si) to wide bandgap (SiC and GaN), enabling design criteria to meet performance, efficiency, reliability, and cost. GaN is becoming the technology of choice. Compared with legacy silicon solutions, it enables lighter, smaller, and more efficient onboard chargers and inverters. In the data center, GaN power

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Railroad Strikes, Unionization, and the Electronics Industry…

What Could Go Wrong? So, the railroad strike was averted the day before the walkout, but what would a strike have meant? Freight railroads transport approximately 40% of long-haul cargo and 125,000 railroad workers. The strike would have crippled the country’s supply chain on many levels. Since trains are thought to be most important to

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Automotive Semiconductor Shortages Courtesy of COVID and a Perfect Storm

In a recent Fox Business report, Elon Musk cites major industry-wide supply chain price pressure for raw materials and semiconductors for a string of price hikes on his Tesla Model 3 and Model Y. Tesla instituted production suspensions earlier this year based on parts shortages. Tesla is not alone. Expectations are that the automotive segment

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Elon Musk and the Three Little Pigs Preview Neuralink

Amidst much anticipation, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk presented a live demonstration of NeuraLink technology.  Neuralink launched in 2016 with the goal of creating implantable brain-machine interfaces. Such technology could ultimately help humans obtain symbiosis with Artificial Intelligence (AI) but, could have many practical applications even before it reaches that level. Neuralink implants, theoretically,

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