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U.S. Factories Power Though Supply Chain Constraints

For 16 months the U.S. manufacturing sector has expanded in spite of – rather than thanks to – the global supply chain. The U.S. PMI in September increased by 1.2 percent to 61.1, according to the Institute for Supply Management. However, concern regarding the semiconductor shortage reached its highest level so far this year, said…

Foundry Sales to Surpass $100 Billion in 2021

Robust demand for advanced processors used in networking and data center computers, new 5G smartphones, and ICs used in other high-growth electronics market applications such as robotics, self-driving vehicles and driver-assist automation, artificial intelligence, machine-learning and image recognition systems is forecast to lift total foundry sales to $107.2 billion in 2021, a 23 percent increase…

Report: Reshoring Pace Accelerates in 1H 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic, supported by U.S. government initiatives, has spurred a national push to strengthen the domestic supply chain, according to the Reshoring Initiative. If the second half of the year progresses at the same rate as 1H, reshoring and foreign direct investment (FDI) job announcements for 2021 are projected to be over 220,000 –…

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Shortages Underline the Need For Better Component Data

The current component shortages are rocking the electronic manufacturing industry as well as the industries that depend on them, which, let’s face it, is most industries. Who’d have thought that a handful of electronic parts could halt production of millions of dollars or automobiles around the world. Well, that’s exactly what happened, and there have…

Dual-Footprint Devices can Reduce Supply Chain Risk

Reducing supply chain risk is typically a low priority when starting a new project. Device procurement often takes a back seat to goals such as the implementation of a new feature, improving circuit accuracy, precision, or increasing battery life. But with some creativity and forward thinking, minimizing supply chain risk is possible during device selection,…

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DRAM Shortage Spotlights Small Memory Suppliers

Sales of DRAM—the most commoditized of electronic components – grew 26 percent in Q2 2021 to $24.1 billion and propelled Samsung to the world’s leading chip supplier  for the same period. But DRAM is also known for frequent boom-to-bust cycles and supplies are looking tight into next year. All of which is good for fabless…

Samsung Passes Intel as No. 1 Chip Supplier in Q2 2021

Driven by surging demand and rising prices for DRAM and flash memory, Samsung, the world’s largest memory supplier, saw its total semiconductor sales increase 19 percent in 2Q21 to $20.3 billion, moving it past Intel and into first place to become the world’s largest semiconductor supplier for 2Q21, IC Insights reported. Samsung was previously ranked…

Automotive MCU Sales to Rise 23% Despite Shortages

The huge market for automotive microcontrollers—which accounted for about 40 percent of total MCU sales over the last decade—has been on an uneven ride in the past several years, according to IC Insights.  After climbing 12 percent in 2017, worldwide automotive MCU sales slowed to a crawl in 2018, rising just 1 percent.  A borderline…