Is NAND Flash in Limbo? Channel Pricing and Corporate Strategies

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Such is one version of the current tale in the NAND flash market as seasonally weak demand hangs on and prices limp along. Given how impressive 2014 was for a good chunk of the global semiconductor and electronics supply chain, it’s a good time to check midstream channel…

SID: Top 10 Trends in Display Technology

The global display industry continues to grow, with new technologies enabling a host of emerging products and applications. Because displays are the human-interface component for so many electronics products, their importance to devices could rival microprocessors. According to Sri Peruvemba, CEO of Marketer International and Head of Marketing for the Society for Information Display, these…

Digi-Key’s Doherty on Amazon.com vs. Distribution

Digi-Key Corp., one of the largest low-volume high-mix electronics distributors in the world, analyzes everything. Over the years it has tracked its customers’ buying behavior and adjusted its business model accordingly.  Digi-Key launched a low-volume supply chain business in response to customers’ demand for support beyond engineering orders. It was an early adopter of digital content…

Market Cycles Challenge Electronics Buyers

The electronics industry is changing in fundamental ways and the shifts taking place are raising questions about whether the industry is less cyclical than it used to be. It’s a topic of conversation increasingly being discussed among analysts and corporate executives who are looking at the past as a way to understand today’s electronics landscape.…

Inductor Market to Grow 6.2% Through 2019

Component miniaturization, weight reduction and ease-of-manufacturing have all contributed to growth in the market for inductors, a fundamental passive component. The global inductor market, estimated at $2780 million in 2014, is expected to reach $3750 million by 2018, according to “Global Inductor Market by Type (Fixed Inductor, Variable Inductor, Couple Inductor, Multilayer Inductor, Power Inductor,…

Asia-Pacific LED Market to Reach $36B by 2020

Not surprisingly, Asia-Pacific is the largest market for LEDs in the world. The market in this region features aggressive expansion of production facilities by manufacturers as well as investment in infrastructure, according to a report by ApacMarket.com. The Asia-Pacific LED market is expected to reach $35.79 billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 15.7% during…

Employees Top Sources of Supply Chain Fraud Risk

In the context of the supply chain, the term “fraud” could mean many things: intentional financial errors; misrepresented inventory levels or outright fake products. More than one quarter (28.9 percent) of supply chain professionals polled by Deloitte Financial Advisory Services said their organizations experienced supply chain fraud, waste or abuse during the past 12 months.…

Display Makers Face Price Dilemma

It’s a classic dilemma for suppliers: prices decline more rapidly than manufacturing costs. Currently, display manufacturers are facing a squeeze as shipments of five-inch full-high-definition (FHD) mobile phone panels declined by 34 percent last year while manufacturing costs fell only 14 percent, according to IHS. Smartphone prices continue to fall, according to the researcher, so…

ON Joins Home Networking Protocol Group

Home automation – and the Internet of Things in general—sounds great, but will still be difficult to implement for many consumers that want to take advantage of the interconnected world. Even getting devices that are designed to communicate with one another can be frustrating for the average consumer. Electronics companies that are planning on capitalizing…

Alliance Memory Extends Micron 512M SDRAM Supply

San Carlos, Calif. — Good news for buyers looking to purchase legacy Micron 512M synchronous DRAMs (SDRAMs). Alliance Memory Inc. has announced that specific Micron 512M SDRAMs, which the company recently acquired from Micron Semiconductor, will be available with their original Micron part numbers into 2017. By providing a continued supply of Micron’s end-of-life (EOL) parts,…