Freescale/NXP Merger a Positive For Purchasing

Mergers always create some uncertainty in the supply chain. When two suppliers come together, such as  NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) and Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd., it’s usually a positive for buyers. Instead of dealing with two vendors, purchasing is now dealing with one. The same is true for distribution partners – most of the time.…

Developing Economies Want More IoT

If there is any limitation to the Internet of Things (IoT), it’s that devices need an internet connection to function. Many parts of the world don’t have the level of connectivity that the U.S. and other developed nations enjoy. It’s possible, research suggests, that the appeal of the IoT will accelerate the rate of internet…

How Distribution Can Capitalize on the IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is everywhere, and the market opportunities are mind-boggling: 50 billion devices will be connected by 2020. The value of the IoT devices and services market will reach $7 trillion by 2020. The benefits to users are infinite. Is this the “killer app” the high-tech market has been waiting for? The…

Massive $20B Components Waste Haunts Supply Chain

The electronics industry urgently needs an energetic components exchange program to help address an inventory imbalance that is distorting the supply chain and resulting in the wastage of parts valued in excess of $20 billion annually, says a top industry executive. While some companies are implementing programs for helping customers individually address the problem it…

TI Anchors Analog Goal on 300mm Fab

Texas Instruments Inc. advanced towards its analog sales goal in 2014 with revenue and profits rising in key markets as the company intensified a decade-long plan to transform its operations away from price-sensitive commodity wireless components in favor of higher-margin proprietary products. Once a major player in the wireless communications IC market, Dallas-based TI has…

Top 20 Electronics Supply Chain Myths

Electronics manufacturers are used to harsh cyclical downturns often caused by their reliance on unverified assumptions about industry fundamentals. Even the biggest chipmakers, OEMs and other leading supply chain players have fallen victims to these myths, many of which sound quite believable and continue to be propagated by some top industry executives. Bursting any of…

Buying LEDs: Consider the Total System Cost

LED manufacturers think it’s about time to change the purchasing conversation around LED pricing. This means looking at the total bill-of-materials (BOM) for the LED lighting system instead of just the cost of the LED. In a recent conversation with Paul Scheidt, leader of product marketing for LED components at Cree Inc., he explained that…

Digi-Key Kicks Global Expansion into High-Gear

Digi-Key Corp. has in recent years reported impressive sales growth of two to three times the industry average, making the electronics component distributor one of the best performing companies in its sector. It’s not slowing down. For 2015, the company projects another double-digit sales expansion, buoyed by surging adoption of its services globally by engineers,…

Labor Strife Dampens Year-End Manufacturing Stats

The electronics industry has literally spent decades improving its supply chain. It only takes one glitch, however, to disrupt the entire process. The manufacturing  industry was reminded of this fact in December as a work slowdown in U.S. ports impacted several key manufacturing indices. “The West Coast ports slow-down is really affecting deliveries of our Asian purchases,” said…