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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Orange County Distributor Charged With Selling Counterfeit ICs

The electronics industry has tried a number of mechanisms to prevent counterfeit ICs and other components from entering the supply chain. Unfortunately, counterfeits remain all too common. The U.S. Department of Justice announced it has charged distributor PRB Logics Corp. of Orange County, California, with the sale of counterfeit components. The counterfeit ICs could have been…

Excess and Obsolete Inventory: Everybody’s Responsible

The Supply Chain Resource Cooperative held its first ever “Executive Roundtable on Excess and Obsolete Inventory” on the NC State campus on October 25, 2017. The event was attended by 25 executives from a variety of different industries and backgrounds. Inventory Management Partners, LLC sponsored the event, and helped craft the format and content for…

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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…

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Manufacturing Activity Slows as Tariff Concerns Grow

U.S. electronics companies are feeling the pressure of widespread component shortages, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s latest report. Although the overall U.S. manufacturing index — the PMI — remains robust, supply constraints and extended lead times have caused some computer and electronic companies to delay or even miss sales opportunities. “Supply constraints, extended lead…