E2open: Moving Beyond IoT Data Collection

The potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) as a component-sales driver can’t be understated. Semiconductor manufacturers are working on devices with security featured embedded in silicon to address IoT privacy concerns. Discrete sensors are turning into hybrid devices and new applications such as fingerprint identification are being perfected. Now, cloud-based supply chain solutions such…

Currency Valuations Hurt Passives Industry

Cary, N. C. — Despite steadily increasing demand from several sectors, currency valuations, particularly the Yen, Won and NT$ to the U.S. dollar are resulting in price erosion and lower revenue growth in the passive electronic components industry, according to new research from Paumanok Publications Inc. A key finding of the report, “Passive Electronic Components: World…

Molex Acquires Soligie

Flexible electronics—circuits that can be printed on substrates such as plastic—enable products such as the curved smartphones and TV screens that have been released in recent years. Molex Incorporated is now expanding its presence in the flexible electronics business through its acquisition of Soligie Inc., anounced today. Soligie specializes in printed and flexible electronic solutions for…

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Amazon.com Gets High Marks — But Not For Components

Amazon.com’s announcement that it has established a b2b site which, among other supplies, will be selling components has been met with skepticism from a number of decision makers in the electronics supply chain. The main concerns cited by participants in a LinkedIn discussion moderated by ERAI are traceability of parts and the possibility of defects.…

Who’s in the Apple Smartwatch?

A teardown of the smartwatch recently introduced by Apple Inc. revealed the company called on many of its current component suppliers to provide components for the device. Winners of the company’s design sockets include Micron Inc., which provided the DRAM, and Toshiba Inc., which supplied the flash memory component. IHS Inc. in a report said…

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Does Anyone Really Buy Electronics Based on Green?

One of the difficulties of environmental policies and corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices is measuring a return on investment (ROI). When such ideas are first pitched, the encouragement for compliance is more about the money you’ll avoid spending on things such as fines than on the rewards you will reap. Some policies, such as RoHS,…

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It’s Official: Amazon is Selling Components

The announcement heralds “convenience, business-only selection and pricing and free two-day shipping.” “Catalog distributor” you say? Nope.  Amazon.com/business, which was announced today. In many ways, it’s the distribution industry’s worst nightmare. To date, the esoteric, complex and often-expensive electronics components that engineers use to design high-tech products were sold predominantly directly from suppliers or through…

Arrow Teams Hone Risk Management Skills

An event doesn’t have to be catastrophic to disrupt the supply chain, said Tim Kolbus, vice president of global logistics solutions for Arrow Electronics Inc. A recent work slowdown at two of the U.S.’s busiest seaports is a prime example. Even though the event wasn’t deemed a strike, it will take an estimated six months…

Get Ready for the Level VI Efficiency Regulation

The U.S. Level VI energy-efficiency regulation, aimed at energy savings in external power supplies, goes into force on February 10, 2016, and will impact all OEMs selling into the U.S. market. The European Union (EU) also is expected to harmonize with the new efficiency standard. Developed to conserve power primarily in consumer and industrial-type products –…

ECIA Takes Position on Product Change Notifications

  Product change notices (PCNs) are a necessary but complicated reality of the supply chain.  Component manufacturers change things all the time, but because components are sold directly to customers, through distributors or on the open market, it is nearly impossible to disseminate notices in a consistent manner. Entire websites have been dedicated to keeping…