$1B Fine and Qualcomm’s China Problem Still Isn’t Over?

What would it take to make Qualcomm Inc.’s China problem go away, permanently? In February, the semiconductor supplier coughed up $975 million to settle charges of anti-monopoly practices in China and agreed to other painful steps that will make local rivals more competitive. Yet these actions haven’t relieved Qualcomm of its China headache. Sales in…

Achieving a Return on Corporate Sustainability Management

Growing concerns around energy generation, water shortages, flooding and rising sea levels present some significant challenges that demand attention in order to mitigate disruption risks due to potentially crippling supply chain events.  The semiconductor industry, and especially chip manufacturing, is particularly at risk of disruption and crises due to these mounting environmental challenges. While environmental…

Getting to a Sustainable Future

Earth Day 2015 offers us a time to reflect upon the thin biosphere surrounding the planet, that most important niche that we depend upon for our existence. At Smith, we realize the significance of the challenges that we face, and through our actions, we support many efforts to create a sustainable future, including renewable energy,…

Managing Risk Along the Global Semiconductor Supply Chain

Most of us have experienced that sense of alarm or disbelief when we see the reporting on the severity of the California drought. How could such a vibrant market find itself in such a predicament and why have the headlines become so grim, so quickly? Unfortunately, California is not alone in addressing the challenges of…

PC Market Slump is Good and Bad News for Purchasing

A purchasing professional serving a PC manufacturer today has very little to complain about. Component supplies are plentiful and prices keep trending in one direction: downward. The latest financial results from Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc., the biggest vendors of PC microprocessors, were dismal – for the chipmakers. At Intel, sales in the…

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Traceability: A Counterfeiting Panacea or a Cure?

Discussions regarding counterfeit electronics components almost inevitably come around to finger-pointing: if a bogus part enters the supply chain it is distribution’s fault; or independent distribution’s; or the buyer’s; or a situation that require buyers to go outside the authorized channel; or COTS programs; or an EMS. Original component manufacturers (OCMs) and OEMs are rarely involved in…

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Distributors ‘Building’ Expanded Customer Base

As the electronics industry continues to respond to demand for more energy-efficient technologies, the supply chain has adapted its service model to support a broader range of customers. Amidst all the hype surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT), electronics distributors have begun aligning their linecards and human resources to support a subset of the IoT:…

Falling Prices Impact Sensor Market Growth

Market competition, coupled with high-volume applications including wearable systems, is driving down the average selling prices (ASPs) of sensors at an accelerated pace, and squeezing supplier profit margins, reported IC Insights. While shipments are rising thanks to the adoption of embedded measurement functions for automated intelligent controls in systems and new high-volume applications such as…

Looking Back At 2014: Passive, Power, and EM Suppliers

2014 saw its share of consolidation activity among passive, power, and electromechanical component suppliers, with larger companies seeking to expand their product portfolios to offer a broader line of parts and enable them to be more of a “one-stop” supplier to the customers. Perhaps the loudest noise was made by TE Connectivity, known more as…

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Quantifying Counterfeits: A Moving Target

Whenever someone in authority—such as the government, law enforcement or research firms — can’t answer a seemingly straightforward question, they often lapse into “it is being investigated;”  “it is a moving target;” or my personal favorite: “it is still very fluid.” Of course individuals and organizations want data, statistics and facts from their authorities, but…