Quakes Will Impact Automotive Electronics

It has been a couple of weeks since double earthquakes hit the Japanese island of Kyushu in the Kumamoto prefecture, self-named as Japan’s Silicon Valley. The two earthquakes, one registering 6.5 magnitude followed by the main 7.3 magnitude event, are unusual in that they occurred in a two-day time frame. Additionally significant: 1,000 aftershocks continue…

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Risk-Management Reminders from Japan

I recently had a conversation with Wade McDaniel, vice president of supply chain solutions for Avnet Velocity. The discussion was centered on the many layers of risk management, and a few things stood out from a presentation McDaniel provided. It was a map of earthquake-prone areas of the world. The image stands out in my…

Merger Mania and the Future of the Semiconductor Landscape

If there’s an example of positive impacts of consolidation on a market, the past few years in the memory sector could well be that example. I have to admit, as a general rule, I’m leery of waves of M&A that push sectors toward oligopolies. Along this vein, I confess to having been concerned during the…

What Mouser ‘s Global Team Learns from its Local Ground Game

E-commerce has effectively demolished the geographic boundaries that used to limit electronics procurement through the distribution channel. Component suppliers authorized distributors to sell their brands in geographic markets to avoid over-distribution and linecard conflicts. The first time a distributor offered all of its brands internationally online tested those boundaries. The supply chain found that expanding…

Update: Prepare for Tight Supply of Mil-Spec Connectors

Update includes statements from ITT’s Interconnect Solutions business and Amphenol. Buyers of mil-spec connectors could face short supply of certain mil-spec products due to recent stop shipment orders issued by Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Land and Maritime. This could also translate into millions of dollars of connector inventory sitting on distributor shelves that can’t be…

High Bandwidth Demand Drives Fiber Optic Connector Designs

The adoption of mobile devices, running data-intensive applications, and 4G LTE networks are a few of the key factors driving the demand for high bandwidth requirements. The recent Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) conference showcased the latest new products to meet the growing requirements for fiber optic connectors used across these growing high-bandwidth applications. The global…

Benchmarking: It Assures Better Pricing

Over the 4 years since Lytica Inc. launched our electronic component benchmarking tool set, we’ve concluded there are 4 reasons why companies don’t benchmark their electronic component expenses for competitiveness. There are assumed to be four reasons why companies don’t benchmark component prices. These are: Comfortable with the status quo Believe they are getting great/better…