“Next-shoring”? Manufacturing’s New Watershed Moment

Industry forecasts point to significant growth for the duration of 2014 and beyond; but this growth is not just more of the recent same. There are new demand drivers shifting the supply chain balance and with it a new trend in manufacturing is budding. At the center of the growth in consumer electronics is the…

Counterfeit vs. ‘Nonconforming’ Parts Rule Stirs Industry Concern

The much ballyhooed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which tackles the issue of counterfeit components in the Department of Defense supply chain, has left many in the electronics industry scratching their heads. Although it is not unusual for the language of a rule to be either too vague or too restrictive, the Federal Acquisition Regulation…

Microcontroller Market Rebounds in 2014

Microcontroller (MCU) sales are forecast to increase six percent in 2014, reaching a new record high of $16.1 billion after flat growth in 2013 and dropping three percent in 2012, according to IC Insights’ new Mid-Year Update to the 2014 McClean Report. IC Insights raised its growth forecast for MCU sales in 2014 from three percent due to…

Microchip Warns Customers to Prepare for Tight Supplies

Microchip Technology Inc. has alerted customers to possible component shortages as demand surge in multiple product segments, resulting in extended lead times and rising capacity constraints. Steve Sanghi, chairman, president and CEO of the semiconductor vendor, warned in a memo to customers that continued misalignment in orders at a time of rising demand and plant…

New Components Meet Designer, Buyer Requirements

Electronic component manufacturers are developing more and more new devices that serve double-duty roles – helping designers simplify and speed up their designs while reducing the bill of materials (BOM) and overall systems cost for the procurement teams. Here’s a sampling of some of the latest devices that play dual roles, including switching regulators, motor…

Ecliptek Reduces Oscillator Lead times

Costa Mesa, Calif. – Ecliptek Corp. has launched four new oscillator series that offer increased availability on virtually any frequency within the published range. The EQRM12 (2.5VDC) and EQRM13 (3.3VDC) LVPECL series and the EQRF12 (2.5VDC) and EQRF13 (3.3VDC) LVDS series are available for immediate delivery or very short lead times for applications that require commercial or industrial operating temperature ranges. The…

IP&E Lead Times, Pricing Stable

Lead times and pricing trends are expected to remain stable in the interconnect, passive and electromechanical (IP&E) component market, according to Avnet Electronics Marketing’s Market and Technology Trends report. However, Avnet product managers indicate that lead times for some parts, including aluminum capacitors and inductors, may be on the rise so buyers should closely monitor deliveries for…

Fab Capacity Stretched: Uptick in Sight?

For an industry that’s been in the doldrums since the 2009 recession, the words “strained capacity at chip players across the industry” are, ironically, welcome. The electronics components market has enjoyed an extended period of ample supply, and only a shortage or an unexpected surge in demand will spur the market into proactive purchasing for…

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‘Counterfeit’ is Not a Matter of Interpretation

If it weren’t so scary, it would be funny: two different U.S. appeals courts came to two different conclusions about subsidies associated with the Affordable Care Act.  Interpreting the language of the law, it seems, is a bit tricky. Interpretation continues to be an issue with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) or as I…

Littelfuse Survey: Arc-Flash Concerns Increase

Protecting employees and equipment from the dangers of arc-flash events has become a priority among plant professionals, according to a recent survey conducted by Littelfuse, Inc. As a result, protection technologies such as arc-flash relays are rapidly growing in popularity. Even 10 years ago, arc-flash danger wasn’t at the top of many minds, the survey…