Growth Signals for Industrial ICs

El Segundo, Calif. — Although revenue for industrial electronics semiconductors was up less than one percent in the first quarter of 2014, compared to the fourth quarter, the expansion occurred during traditionally the weakest time of the year, according to a new report from IHS Technology. Revenues reached $8.61 billion in the first quarter of 2014,…

Cost Reduction is a Top Priority in the Supply Chain

There is no surprise that cost reductions top the high-tech supply chain executives ranking of the three biggest issues or projects for 2014, according to the Annual North American Hi-Tech & Electronics Report from eyefortransport. The survey of supply chain executives also reveals that the most effective strategies for reducing costs include improving internal efficiencies,…

Littelfuse Survey: Arc-Flash Concerns Increase

Protecting employees and equipment from the dangers of arc-flash events has become a priority among plant professionals, according to a recent survey conducted by Littelfuse, Inc. As a result, protection technologies such as arc-flash relays are rapidly growing in popularity. Even 10 years ago, arc-flash danger wasn’t at the top of many minds, the survey…

Demand Continues For Discretes, Memory and RF Components

The electronics components market continues to show consistency, at least among product lines that are moving upward in leadtimes, pricing, or both. According to Avnet Electronics Marketing’s Market and Technology Trends report for July, discretes, memory and RF components continue to see leadtimes stretch out and pricing increase. Leadtimes for discretes are showing a range…

Component Suppliers Lag in Automotive Supply Chain

Electrical/electronic component suppliers ranked last among the six automotive segments – exterior, powertrain, interior, electrical, body and chassis – reviewed in PwC’s North American Automotive Supplier Supply Chain study. While electrical/electronic component suppliers ranked first in gross profit margins, which suggests low raw material component costs, low-cost labor and lower-than-average total landed costs, said PwC,…

AMOLED Panel Costs to Fall Below LCD

Santa Clara, Calif.—The manufacturing cost gap between AMOLED and TFT LCD smartphone displays is closing as production yields improve, which should drive increased use in smartphone panels, according to a NPD DisplaySearch OLED Technology Report. Although manufacturing costs for AMOLED panels are currently 10-20 percent higher than for TFT LCD displays, they are expected fall below…