M&As Drive Major Shifts in Automotive IC Market

El Segundo, Calif. – The recent merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the automotive semiconductor market is reshaping the competitive landscape, according to a new report from IHS Technology. These include acquisitions by Qualcomm, Infineon Technologies, and On Semiconductor The latest deal is Qualcomm Inc.’s announcement that it would acquire U.K.’s CSR PLC. This purchase is…

Local Knowledge Extends Quality in Global Supply Chains

Diversification and expansion in the electronics market poses many challenges: there is a rapid emergence of new markets, an extension of supply chains, increased logistics and reverse logistics demands, not to mention rapidly growing, intense competition from new, locally-based OEMs. These market challenges are repeated across regions; they are similar regardless of point of origin…

Important Regulatory Developments from the EU and California

I have been helping an increasing number of clients track and understand their options regarding the expiration of all RoHS Directive (2011/65/EU) Annex III exemptions for products in all RoHS categories—except 8 and 9—as of July 21, 2016 (see Article 5, paragraph 2). A few European Union-based industry associations are managing working groups (some of…

Component Trends: Some Memory Allocation

Memory components continue to be the most volatile segment in the supply chain in October, according to Avnet’s most recent Market & Technology Trends report. Similar to prior months, both memory prices and lead times continue to increase. Across the market, overall memory availability is running 6 weeks to allocation, according to Avnet. DDR-3 SDRAM…

Apple-GT Row Highlights OEM Sourcing Dilemma

It’s the sort of public row few suppliers would ever engage in with a major customer of Apple Inc.’s size and influence within the electronics supply chain. With bankruptcy looming, though, GT Advanced Technologies Inc. seemed to no longer care how angry Apple Inc. executives might get if details of the two companies’ component sourcing…

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Distribution: What’s Behind the Curtain

If your suppliers are doing their job right, life should be a bit like Oz. Somebody behind a curtain is managing things and everything looks great on the outside. Every once in a while, though, it’s worth peeling back the curtain. Several hundred people got that chance last week as Future Electronics celebrated the 10th…

New Electronic Components Tout Power and Space Savings

Here’s a look at some of the newest electronic components aimed at the portable, mobile and wearable markets – all expected to have good solid growth over the next several years. For example, ABI Research expects 1.25 billion smartphones to ship in 2014 and forecasts smartphone shipments to pass the 2 billion mark in 2018.…

The Ins and Outs of Customer Labeling Requirements

If the common systems for product labeling in the electronics industry were working flawlessly, there would be no demand for change. But even just a cursory review of what manufacturers must accomplish in labeling generates a profile of an approach that is unsustainable. Consider, for example, what manufacturers need to do simply to comply with…

Tight Supply Continues for DDR3 SDRAM

DDR3 SDRAM continues to be the bellwether of the memory market. Despite fluctuations in pricing, product continues to be scarce and lead times continue to be an issue. Lead times for DDR3 memory ranges from 12 to 16 weeks with inventory levels remaining tight. Forecasts are pushing lead times to early 2015 for deliveries. Within…

Hong Kong’s Changing Role in the Supply Chain

Long before China became the go-to destination for foreign manufacturing, there was Hong Kong. During the 1960s and 1970s Hong Kong was a low-cost center for manufacturing and the electronics industry’s window into the vast market that was China. Although Hong Kong’s role has changed significantly since China opened its doors to foreign trade, it…