U.S. power electronics industry technology roadmap

U.S. Power Electronics Industry Faces Big Challenges

Advances in semiconductor technologies, capacitors, magnetics and packaging are needed to drive growth in the U.S. power electronics industry, according to a new report from the Power Electronics Industry Collaborative (PEIC). It will also require collaboration in the supply chain and ecosystem to advance the domestic power electronics industry. While the need for innovation in semiconductors…

EU Adopts Conflict Mineral Regulations

The EU this week voted to adopt regulations pertaining to the sourcing of tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold (3TG) from conflicted regions of the world. The regulations, which require supply chain due diligence self-certification of tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores, and gold originating in conflict-affected and high-risk areas, are mandatory for smelters and importers of raw materials and…

Tech M&A Sets Record in 2016

Global technology merger and acquisition (M&A) deals reached an all-time record of $466.6 billion in 2016, driven in large part by the semiconductor industry, according to EY’s Global technology M&A report: October-December 2016 and year in review report. Digital transformation, led by cloud, mobile, social, data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, contributed to…

Avnet Evolves and so Must the Electronics Supply Chain

Avnet Inc.’s ongoing restructuring actions have ruffled feathers internally and sparked controversy in the industry about the kind of future CEO William Amelio has envisaged for the top-tier components distributor. Perhaps the entire electronics supply chain should contemplate the same question because the structural issues Avnet is trying to resolve are similar to those facing…

Fay Departs Avnet; Mgmt. Realigned

Avnet Inc. announced today that Gerry Fay, president of Avnet Electronics Marketing (EM), has decided to step down from his position and will depart the company to pursue external opportunities. As a result, other leadership and organizational changes are being made to streamline operations and better position Avnet for long-term profitable growth. “During the past…

DRAM Prices Continue to Surge

Contract prices of PC DRAM modules are expected to rise nearly 40 percent on average, sequentially, in the first quarter of 2017, and continue to climb in the second quarter, according to DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce. In addition, capacity expansion by suppliers won’t impact the market until the second half of 2017, resulting in worsening…