COTS a Mixed Bag for Defense Spending

The U.S. Department of Defense funding is likely to be one of the ongoing casualties of the government’s budget restraints. Uncertainty around government spending has many program managers pulling back on important battlefield management systems (BMS), according to research firm and consultancy Frost & Sullivan. As defense budgets tighten, research and development (R&D) on BMS…

Component Prices And Leadtimes Inching Up

Lead time and pricing trends have showed a little upside activity since the beginning of the year,  according to Avnet Electronics Marketing’s Market & Technology Trends report for the month of February. Although the movement isn’t dramatic, buyers should take note of several of the component trends flagged by the global distributor. In analog, lead times continue…

Smith & Associates: Independent but Quality Obsessed

Many high-tech companies — and rock bands — are famous for being started in garages.  The $586 million distributor N.F. Smith & Associates had a similar beginning, except it was out of a living room. “Whenever I think about our start-up today, I remember for an eight-year period we had huge challenges: we were undercapitalized,…

CES 2014: Chip Makers Collaborate — And Diversify

Bringing my thoughts together from International CES 2014, I was struck by the extent of diversification – chips, devices, platforms, and especially end-markets. There was, as always, a dizzying amount of information, gadgets, solutions, and futuristic dreams. But two themes really stand out as likely capturing the next phase of the semiconductor and electronics industry:…

PEI-Genesis Breaks Down Language Barrier

PEI-Genesis Inc.’s launch of its multilingual website is one of the ways the distributor is expanding its reach to its offshore customers.  At www.peigenesis.com, customers can now complete transactions in German, Italian, French, Spanish and Chinese. “We have customers and partners world-wide and our enhanced website will improve our ability to expand the reach of our services and…

Honeywell Wants to be Your Value-Added Provider

In a move to grow sales and give customers a competitive edge, Honeywell Sensing and Control is taking a big step into the world of value-added assembly services for medical and industrial markets. Since Honeywell already possesses the sensor expertise along with proven sensing technologies for these markets, it made sense that the global components…

Component Trends: ‘Stability’ Reigns

With a few notable exceptions, lead times and prices in electronics components have stabilized since December, according to Avnet Electronics Marketing’s Market & Technology Trends report for the month of January. In discrete semiconductors, logic and memory products, lead times have and prices have stabilized. In December, both were showing some upward momentum. In the…

Readers Weigh in on Xilinx-Flex Suit

Many readers have weighed in about the Xilinx-Flextronics suit (See: Xilinx Sues Flextronics for Alleged Fraudulent Chip Resale and The Multiple Dangers of Component Resale) and have made a number of good points I’d like to share here. First, it does not appear that the channel, authorized or independent,  was involved in the transaction. Although…

Component Trends: Movement in Leadtimes & Pricing

There’s been a little movement in component lead times and prices since the end of the third quarter, according to Avnet Electronics Marketing’s Market & Technology Trends report for the month of December. In discrete semiconductors, logic and memory products, leadtimes are beginning to stretch and prices are inching up from the prior month. In discretes,…