Texas Snowstorms to Disrupt Electronics Supply Chain

The snowstorms in Texas have led to a 133-car pileup, nearly a half-million without power, and millions in the state under boil-water notices. The storms’ impact on semiconductor fabrication plants in the Lone Star state has also received attention. “The storm-related power outages in Texas could have a mind-blowing impact on fabs and, in turn,…

Chip CEOs Reach Out to White House

As CEOs of the leading chip companies signed a letter to U.S. President Biden urging him to prioritize funding for semiconductor manufacturing and research, the White House press secretary Jen Psaki said late last week in a press briefing that industry should expect an executive order to be signed within weeks. The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) board…

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Managing the Semiconductor Shortage of 2021, Part 2

A perfect storm of events have converged to create the semiconductor shortage of 2021.  High-level collaboration across the electronics supply chain could make the deficit less painful, experts say. Shortages often prompt less-than-optimum purchasing behaviors. Competitive bidding for inventory drives prices up. Exceptions to approved vendor lists become common. And double-ordering – where purchase orders…

Managing the Semiconductor Shortage of 2021, Part 1

The burgeoning semiconductor shortage of 2021 hit chipmakers “like a ton of bricks,” according to one distributor.  Of course, that’s not the phrase semiconductor suppliers would use. But the supply chain is in the midst of a perfect storm. A convergence of events is creating what’s expected to be a shortage of CPUs, MPUs, memory,…

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Safe & Affordable Space Travel Starts With Sourcing

The future of space travel is now. NASA has established plans to permanently station humans on and around the moon by 2028. Commercial space counterparts are interested in similar endeavors to send people to space, and not just astronauts in the traditional sense, but also space tourists. Historically, flight beyond commercial aviation altitudes has been…

NAND Flash Prices Drop Again; Capacity Plans Could Lead to Oversupply

Contract prices of NAND flash products have decreased in the first two quarters of 2018 due to the traditional off-season, and capacity expansion of 64/72-layer 3D NAND flash, according to DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce. Further price declines are expected in the third quarter (Q3), although a bit moderated, until the fourth quarter (Q4), when steeper…

Prices for DRAMs Continue to Climb while NAND Flash ASPs Drop

Prices for DRAMs, with the exception of graphics applications, has increased by 3 percent to 6 percent in the first quarter (Q1) of 2018, according to DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, resulting in a 5.4 percent increase in global DRAM revenue. Graphics DRAMs experienced the largest price hikes, increasing by 15 percent in Q1. “Most PC…

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Micron Fab Interruption May Lead to Tighter DRAM Supply in Q2

In late March, Micron reported that its production facility Micron Memory Taiwan (formerly Rexchip) experienced an interruption of nitrogen gas supply due to the malfunctioning of the gas generation system located outside the facility, according to DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce. Although the equipment has been fixed, the facility is not expected to return to full…