Issues and Trends in Components Distribution

Don’t Underestimate the Passives Shortage

Admittedly, it is ICs that will get the majority of attention when it comes to electronic system design, with the supporting passive components too often receiving very little of the limelight. Nevertheless, their value should certainly not be underestimated. The passives incorporated into electronic hardware have important roles to play when it comes to ensuring…

Buyers to Find Relief in Q1 2022 DRAM Pricing

Buyers will find some pricing relief early next year as DRAM ASPs are expected to decline by as much as 8- to -13 percent, according to TrendForce. Gating materials and components are pushing DRAMs into oversupply in Q4, reports distributor Fusion Worldwide. As a result, year-end audits and inventory issues may cause buyers to hold off purchasing or…

Manufacturing Sector Remains Resilient in November

U.S. factory output increased in November as supply chain pressures eased and manufacturers ramped up production to its highest level in seven months. Employment expanded to a comparable high although hiring remains a challenge. The Institute for Supply Management’s PMI increased 0.3 percent to 61.1 in November and has been above the expansion benchmark –…

Avnet Outlines its Post-Maxim Strategy

Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) is not commenting on changes in its distribution network now that the acquisition of Maxim Integrated Products has been finalized. But Phil Gallagher, CEO of distributor Avnet Inc., is addressing the merger for the first time since Maxim dropped two of its global broadline distributors, Avnet and one unconfirmed company. “The…

Avnet Loses Maxim Line Following ADI Acquisition

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with a statement from Avnet.  Maxim Integrated Products, which was officially acquired by Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) in August, is discontinuing its relationship with distributor Avnet Inc. Maxim accounted for roughly 3 percent of Avnet’s fiscal 2021 sales of $19.5 billion. The transition will take place over the…

Electronics Component Shortage: A Tale of Two Decades

In 2001, there was so much excess component inventory in the supply chain that more than $13 billion worth of semiconductors alone was written down or off by component makers, distributors and customers. People still wince at the memory. In 2021, there’s such a severe shortage of semiconductors that the automotive industry is set to…

Counterfeit Risk Rises When Supplies Run Short

The risk of procuring counterfeit electronics rises considerably during periods of component shortages. With semiconductor supplies remaining tight through the end of 2022, the industry faces a prolonged interval of increased risk. Industry sources have used the word “desperate” to describe the current shortage situation. When a high-priced product such as an automobile can’t be…

Sales Outlook Moderates for Components

Long-term demand for electronic components remains robust although sales expectations for the third and fourth quarters have moderated, according to the ECIA. Concerns and uncertainty related to the economy, inflationary pressure and the resurgence of Covid-19 with potential shutdowns could account for the continuing shift of sentiment, said Chief Economist Dale Ford in a release.…

Farnell Research Shows Industrial/IoT Demand for Low-Cost SBCs

New research from Farnell, an Avnet Company and global distributor of electronic components, products and solutions, reveals that low-cost Single Board Computers (SBCs) are now a valuable building block in all stages of new product development and production. Some 50 per cent of professional engineers surveyed use SBCs for industrial and Internet of Things (IoT), the most…