April Component Trends: Return to Stability

Although electronics components saw a little movement in leadtimes and pricing in the month of March, April — with a few exceptions– is trending back toward stability. According to Avnet’s latest Market and Technology Trends report, discretes and memory are two categories worth keeping an eye on. Leadtimes in discrete components are stretching out to as much…

How America II Juggles Spot-Market & Scheduled Orders

Now in its 25th year of business, America II has expanded globally and has consistently ranked as one of the top distributors in its market. It hasn’t always been easy – independent (or non- authorized) distributors have faced an uphill battle in establishing themselves as trustworthy sources of supply. America II’s President Brian Ellison spoke…

Tips For Thriving in a Flat IP&E Market

In some circumstances – political leadership, for example – long-term stability is a good thing. In the interconnect, passive and electromechanical (IP&E) market, a little upward or even downward momentum would be a welcome change for many companies in the electronics supply chain. “From the leadtime perspective, there has been very little change [from 2013],”…

America II: Evolving the ‘Blended’ Distribution Model

In 1989, Michael Galinski founded America II Electronics Inc. with the intent of building a successful IC distribution company. Today, America II is one of the largest independent distributors of electronic components in the world. Now in its 25th year of business, America II has expanded globally and has consistently ranked as one of the…

How Buyers Select PV Modules

Munich, Germany — Buyers rank reliability and quality as more important than price when selecting photovoltaic (PV) modules, according to a recent survey of solar module purchases conducted by IHS Technology. Survey respondents were given choices including reliability, quality, pricing, efficiency, weight and size, and by a wide margin, 99 percent of respondents said module…

Samsung Tops Buyers of MEMS Combo Sensors

El Segundo, Calif. — Samsung is the largest buyer of MEMS combo sensors, spending $183 million or 41 percent of the total combo sensor market in 2013, according to new analysis from IHS Technology. Purchases included 6-axis inertial measurement units (IMUs) from STMicroelectronics, InvenSense, and Bosch  for the Galaxy S4 smartphone, Galaxy Note 3 smartphone,…

Component Trends: Some Reductions in Leadtimes

The month of March is bringing spring – at least that is what many in the U.S. fervently hope. It’s also brought a couple of leadtime reductions in IP&E products. According to Avnet’s latest Market and Technology Trends report, leadtimes for commercial electromechanical, military electromechanical and power supplies all fell from the prior month. Commercial…

Ecliptek Unveils Search Tool for Buyers, Designers

EXCLUSIVE — Ecliptek Corp. has launched a new parts search tool to help its customers — both purchasers and designers — to quickly find the frequency control parts they need based on their individual design priorities. The SmartSearch tool allows customers to quickly search through Ecliptek’s database of more than two million part numbers based…

Supply Chain Paralysis: Sometimes the Weather IS to Blame

If it seems like folks in the electronics and global supply chain have been talking about the weather a lot recently, it’s because they have. In the United States alone, record freezing temperatures – not just in regions where you’d expect to see them – in January have had a negative impact on manufacturing-health indices.…