Microcontroller Market Rebounds in 2014

Microcontroller (MCU) sales are forecast to increase six percent in 2014, reaching a new record high of $16.1 billion after flat growth in 2013 and dropping three percent in 2012, according to IC Insights’ new Mid-Year Update to the 2014 McClean Report. IC Insights raised its growth forecast for MCU sales in 2014 from three percent due to…

Microchip Warns Customers to Prepare for Tight Supplies

Microchip Technology Inc. has alerted customers to possible component shortages as demand surge in multiple product segments, resulting in extended lead times and rising capacity constraints. Steve Sanghi, chairman, president and CEO of the semiconductor vendor, warned in a memo to customers that continued misalignment in orders at a time of rising demand and plant…

Capacitive Touch Controller Tags Forecast to Drop

Seoul, South Korea  – Pricing for capacitive touch controller ICs is expected to fall due to growing competition from Chinese-Taiwanese suppliers, but this should not impact the market’s positive growth trend, according to IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS). The capacitive touch controller IC market is forecast to reach about $2.8 billion in 2017, an increase of nearly 50…

No Vacation from Component Innovation

Despite the start of the summer slowdown, electronic component manufacturers are not taking a vacation from developing innovative products. Over the past month, we’ve seen several innovative designs that are going to make both designers and purchasers happy by solving design problems, saving space, cutting costs and reducing bill of materials. Let’s start with Honeywell’s…

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…

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:…

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…

Micron. memory, DRAM

Micron Stabilizes, Predicts end of DRAM ‘Arms’ Race

After more than a decade of savage pricing pressures that devastated margins and profitability at suppliers combined with wild demand-supply swings, the semiconductor DRAM market appears to be finally settling into a more “normal” trading pattern, according to an executive at Micron Technology Inc. The chip vendor, one of about three top suppliers that led…