APEC- TI's GaN FET drivers

APEC Product Roundup: BOM and Space Savers

APEC is a leading conference for power electronics that showcases the latest innovations in power products. The overriding themes at this year’s show are system cost reduction through integration and lower bill of materials (BOM); faster time to market and simplifying design. Power electronics manufacturers also are keenly focused on delivering higher efficiency and cutting…

Cree CEO Gregg Lowe

Cree Buys Infineon’s RF Power Business

Cree, Inc. has acquired Infineon Technologies’ RF Power Business for approximately $426 million, which strengthens its position in radio frequency (RF) gallium nitride on silicon carbide (GaN-on-SiC) technologies. The acquisition is expected to expand the Cree Wolfspeed business unit’s growth opportunity in the wireless market as the industry transitions to 4G and 5G networks. Cree…

IC Insights - annual wafer capacity trends

Component Shortages Will Ease as Wafer Capacity Grows

Silicon wafer production capacity last year wasn’t enough to meet supply and demand across several IC segments, particularly memory components and discrete semiconductors, which resulted in component shortages and extended lead times. Wafer capacity is now forecast to increase over the next two years, which will lessen supply constraints and stabilize pricing as more capacity…

Yole IPDs report - supply chain

IPDs Reduce BOMs, Save Space & Improve Performance

Initially developed to replace discrete capacitors, resistors and inductors, integrated passive devices (IPDs) are having a kind of resurgence thanks to the development of ever-shrinking electronic devices that need to pack more electronics components into smaller spaces. These newer devices are far from simple capacitor and resistor arrays. Today, IPDs can reduce an OEM’s bill…

DRAMeXchange Mobile DRAM prices - average DRAM price

Samsung, NDRC Deal Will Cut DRAM Price Increases

DRAMeXchange, a research division of TrendForce, reports that Samsung Electronics, with the support of the Korean government, is signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) that should drive down DRAM price increases. The MOU is expected to consist of cooperation in the semiconductor industry, including further investment in China…

Resilinc supply chain disruptions – top 5 SC events

Resilinc: Supply Chain Disruptions Nearly Doubled in 2017

Supply chain disruptions globally nearly doubled in 2017, according to Resilinc’s annual report. The analysis covers incidents by risk type, industry, geography, and disruption potential, highlighting global supply chain risks for 2018. The 2017 EventWatch Supply Chain Disruption Annual Report finds the increased disruptions potentially impacted 32 percent of S&P 500 companies over the past…