Demand Continues For Discretes, Memory and RF Components

The electronics components market continues to show consistency, at least among product lines that are moving upward in leadtimes, pricing, or both. According to Avnet Electronics Marketing’s Market and Technology Trends report for July, discretes, memory and RF components continue to see leadtimes stretch out and pricing increase. Leadtimes for discretes are showing a range…

Building Vendor Relationships in Electronics Distribution

A recent survey conducted by Electronic Purchasing Strategies revealed that electronic purchasing professionals spend an average of nearly 7 hours per week interacting or negotiating with vendors.  This was the most hours of any of one particular task. The survey also revealed contracting and maintaining vendor relationships as their primary job role.   Despite a society…

How Will IoT Impact Purchasing?

The Internet of Things (IoT) – which represents a great opportunity for component makers and OEMs in the electronics market – has implications for the millions of users of IoT applications. Purchasing, I’d imagine, is one of those applications. When I look at purchasing issues, I break them into two separate groups: my issues as…

AMOLED Panel Costs to Fall Below LCD

Santa Clara, Calif.—The manufacturing cost gap between AMOLED and TFT LCD smartphone displays is closing as production yields improve, which should drive increased use in smartphone panels, according to a NPD DisplaySearch OLED Technology Report. Although manufacturing costs for AMOLED panels are currently 10-20 percent higher than for TFT LCD displays, they are expected fall below…

Capacitive Touch Controller Tags Forecast to Drop

Seoul, South Korea  – Pricing for capacitive touch controller ICs is expected to fall due to growing competition from Chinese-Taiwanese suppliers, but this should not impact the market’s positive growth trend, according to IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS). The capacitive touch controller IC market is forecast to reach about $2.8 billion in 2017, an increase of nearly 50…

No Vacation from Component Innovation

Despite the start of the summer slowdown, electronic component manufacturers are not taking a vacation from developing innovative products. Over the past month, we’ve seen several innovative designs that are going to make both designers and purchasers happy by solving design problems, saving space, cutting costs and reducing bill of materials. Let’s start with Honeywell’s…

Distribution M&A Takes a Different Tack

The electronics distribution industry will never again see the kind of merger and acquisition activity that took place in the 1990s. During that period, trade journals’ rankings of the Top 100 Distributors became the Top 50 and then the Top 25. The driver, of course, was nationalization and then globalization. Distributors were filling in the…

Electronics Purchasing and Voting With Your Pocketbook

Walmart critics say the mega-retailer doesn’t pay its employees enough. Among the arguments in favor of Walmart boosting its employees’ wages is “it’s the right thing to do.” Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has become a very popular branding tool for many businesses. But how about from the business standpoint? Walmart is one of the darlings…

Five Tips for Combating Counterfeit Components

Counterfeit components are a $100 billion industry. Counterfeits are now estimated to comprise between five and 25 percent of all available parts. As the marketplace for engineers has become increasingly fast-moving and competitive, many purchasing professionals and distributors have cut corners to accommodate faster product turnaround schedules. This is has allowed gray market electronics to…

Design Tools Proliferate in the Supply Chain

The design tool, which used to be in the realm of CAD, CAM and EDA providers, is no longer restricted to proprietary, complex, expensive and suite-level solutions. Although they differ vastly from their CAD/CAM/EDA predecessors, design tools provided by suppliers and distributors have the same goal in mind: making it easier for designers to get…