S3 Refocuses Custom Chip Business; Promises BOM Savings

S3 Semiconductors (S3semi), the custom semiconductor business of the S3 Group, is refocusing its strategy to provide a design-to-delivery custom chip service for industrial and communications OEMs. Rather than just deliver design services and intellectual property (IP), the company said it will now focus on converting electronic systems and boards into mixed-signal ICs and delivering…

NAND Flash: Expect Higher Tags, Tight Supply in Q3

Contract prices for NAND flash increased by three to 10 percent in the second quarter of 2017, and are expected to keep rising in the third quarter, according to DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce. Buyers also faced tight supply throughout the second quarter, which is likely to continue into 2018, according to analysts. The memory device…

Power Semiconductors: Lead Times Continue to Stretch

Lead times for power discrete semiconductors, including MOSFETs, diodes, rectifiers and thyristors, have stretched significantly in 2017 due to increased demand particularly from automotive and industrial applications, according to market experts. For some devices, lead times have stretched to 24 to 30 weeks. Diodes, rectifiers, and low- and high-voltage MOSFETs are currently posing the biggest…

Component Sales Rise in Q2; Lead Times Stretch

Players in the electronic components industry agree that sales have increased steadily in the first half of 2017. Strong demand across all sectors, particularly industrial automation and automotive, has led to increased lead times across several component segments. ECIA’s latest North American distribution report for the first half of 2017 indicates that lead times for…

TTI Extends Specialty Distribution Model to Semiconductors

TTI, Inc., an interconnect, passive & electromechanical (IP&E) component specialist, is on a new mission to give the market an alternative to buying semiconductors from broadline distributors.  As part of this undertaking, TTI recently acquired privately-held Symmetry Electronics, a U.S.-based semiconductor distributor, building on its core principal of specialty distribution. TTI’s family of distributors has…

Littelfuse

Littelfuse Strengthens Sensors Business with Acquisition

Continuing its acquisition strategy to expand in several key markets, Littelfuse Inc. recently acquired U.S. Sensor Corp., headquartered in Orange, California. The company is a manufacturer of thermistors and probe assemblies used in temperature sensing applications. The acquisition is part of the Littelfuse’s new five-year corporate strategy to double its sensor platform by 2021. “This…