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At the moment, Alcatel commands 53 percent of the global DSL market and through 2000 had shipped 7.7 million xDSL lines to operators worldwide. The announcement should significantly increase our market share,” said Olivier.

Excluding fourth-quarter, non-recurring charges and the cumulative effect of an accounting change resulting from newly implemented SEC regulations, full-year net loss would have been $11.9 million, or a loss of 72 cents per share.

The latest correction” rippling through the industry has caught many by surprise. It's obvious that business is not booming.


Could it be there's something wrong with the way we managed our supply chains these last few quarters? There's no question that, at least in the electronics industry, there has been a serious buildup of inventory.

Some experts put the amount of excess inventory as high as $11 billion, based on an analysis of canceled orders and missed forecasts. One cell phone maker had a forecast of 80 million units, which missed the target by

43 million! Imagine the number of unused components floating around. And that's just one company in one industry. Double and triple ordering was common for components in short supply.


This wasn't supposed to happen. With collaboration and technology, we were going to end the cycles that have plagued the industry for so long.

Some optimists believe it could have been even worse without supply chain management. Arguably, we're responding to the downturn more quickly and more appropriately than in past cycles. Some believe we will never be able to predict what the fickle consumer is going to do. It's inevitable, they say, that with heightened demand comes irrational exuberance.” But the pessimists among us are discouraged. It all seems so familiar: inflated demand, unrealistic forecasts, pockets of just in case” inventory throughout the supply chain-then the bubble bursts.


On the right track?

So which is it? Are the expensive technology solutions and painful re-engineering measures working? Or has it all been a waste of time and money?

European car manufacturers aim to take back control of the subsystems that go into their vehicles. They are trying to reduce costs as the total number of electronic functions soar by putting multiple software functions on electronic control units (ECUs).

The companies aim to build a framework for tools and intellectual property (IP) that will let them mix and match software and hardware across entire ranges of vehicles.

Speaking at the DATE conference in Munich, Lionel Passeron, responsible for systems research at PSA Peugeot Citroën, said: We want to reduce the number of ECUs inside the car. It can only be done if we build a fully distributed architecture. We can have several functions in an ECU by adequately partitioning the software.

We need to improve software-hardware independence and bring automotive electronics closer to the way that consumer electronics are designed, where software can run on many different types of PC.

We have to develop new kinds of middleware and define common standards for that middleware so that all OEMs share the same APIs.”

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