Memory on Allocation at America II

It has been years since the “A” word – allocation – has been used in association with a widely-used commodity component. On Friday, however, one of the industry’s largest independent distributors, America II Electronics, announced it was putting its memory inventory on allocation. The move is related to the recent fire at the SK Hynix…

Update 2: Plant Fire at SK Hynix May Impact Supply, Pricing

In an email statement on Sept. 12, Hynix reiterates that the line not effected by the fire at the Wuxi fab resumed operations on Sept. 7. The memory maker also noted that the line impacted by the fire is still undergoing a safety inspection with plans to “complete inspections and full restoration of the air ventilation system and facilities in order to resume production in October.” Hynix further noted that it “will make every effort to ramp up operations in stages in order to fully recover normalized production level in November.

Stable Lead Times Ahead for Magnetic Components

Buyers who are purchasing magnetic components can expect stable lead times and pricing throughout the remainder of the year. At least that is the consensus of inductor and transformer suppliers that I’ve chatted with over the past few weeks. Although a few inductor suppliers noted rising demand over the past quarter, which has resulted in…

Supplier Profile: NKK Expands its Reach to Customers

NKK Switches, a maker of highly engineered switch products, wants to make its products available to as many customers as possible.  The Japan-based component maker, which already sells about 75 percent of its volume through the channel, is increasing that level to reach more product development teams, consolidate market information and ensure the right NKK…

Web Down! Surviving the Inconceivable Supply Chain Disaster

Site down isn’t just a problem for the likes of the New York Times and other media outlets that have ticked off a despot somewhere in the world. An onslaught of “denial-of-service” attacks in segments of the economy that have heavily embraced e-commerce and other online process management functions could spell disaster and trigger massive…

Poor Data Clouds Supply Chain Visibility

My perspective on supply chain comes with a strong semiconductor technology bias, a partiality for supply management and an appreciation of operations with the processes that surround it. Coming from the semiconductor and telecommunications industries, I have seen the need for innovation, quality and cost management. Being an engineer, I like data; having worked in…

PRD: Where Engineering Meets Purchasing

At the beginning of every engineering project, certain items of information must be known. It is this very early stage of product development that determines what material and human resources will be required to go forward with the design and ultimately produce the final product. One of the first documents to be referenced may be…

Modest Movement in August Lead Times & Pricing

Component pricing and lead times remain stable in the month of August, with a few exceptions. Similar to July, lead times for discretes and memory continue to inch up, according to Avnet Inc.’s most recent Market and Technology Trends report. Pricing is moving up slightly in discretes as suppliers see increased booking rates on most…