What happened to ‘Real Men Own Fabs’?

Jerry Sanders III, the oft-quoted, hard-fighting, co-founder and former CEO and chairman of Advanced Micro Devices Inc., who made the chest-thumping statement from which I took the headline for this blog, was right about many things in his long career in the semiconductor market. He was also wrong about a few things. Taking on Intel…

Intel Foundry: Leveraging Process Edge for Profit

The endorsement couldn’t be any sweeter. Intel Corp. is at least five years and “probably” more ahead of the competition in process technology, says John Daane, chairman, president & CEO of FPGA vendor Altera Corp. That’s why Altera will be sourcing semiconductor wafers from Intel starting in 2014, shifting wafer sourcing for high-end products from…

Custom MMIC Adds Cascade-Analysis Tool

Custom MMIC (www.CustomMMIC.com), a developer of performance-driven monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs), is introducing a new online, easy-to-use, cascade analysis calculator that lets you choose between input or output specifications for each component in your system. Designed to analyze up to ten stages, this new calculator offers a simple yet powerful way to analyze multi-component…

Surplus Parts Firms Sometime Make Sense

In my last article, I discussed electronics surplus houses and their role in the electronics supply chain. This article reviews one specific surplus electronics supply company and how the day-to-day operations take place. (See: Resolving Emergency Components Shortages). HSC, also called Halted Specialties Co., is located in the heart of Silicon Valley where big distributor…

Inventory Locator Service Enhances Auctions

Inventory Locator Service,® LLC (ILS), the leading supply chain solutions provider in the aerospace and marine industries, recently released a new auction platform that offers its customers an additional alternative for reaching potential buyers. ILS continually seeks to offer the most functional and efficient forum for its buyers and suppliers to connect. “ILS is dedicated…

Kewill Releases Transportation & Logistics Platform

Kewill, Inc., a leading provider of multimodal transportation and logistics management solutions for seamless supply chain execution, today announced the release of Kewill MOVE™, a complete, comprehensive platform for managing the complexities of transportation, logistics and trade compliance. The Kewill MOVE platform provides users with a multimodal transportation solution that supports the key business processes…

Resolving Emergency Components Shortages

Every purchasing person knows that from time to time some suppliers are not going to be able to help with either emergency shortages or alternate source component research and subsequent supply. When this is the case, things around the factory start to heat up and depending upon the urgency of the requirement, the company firefighters…

5 Areas Engineers Impact Procurement

In putting together the slides for a technical review, I realized that two thirds of the staff at Lytica have technical degrees; mostly electrical engineering but also computer science, mathematics and related fields. While not a total surprise, it is unusual to have this technical depth in a supply chain company and it is also…

Manufacturers Bullish on Second Half of 2013

Small and midsize manufacturers are expressing optimism about their business during the second half of the year in spite of concerns about federal regulation and fiscal policies. Ninety-seven percent of respondents to a survey conducted by buying consortium Prime Advantage expects revenues to be better than or equal to the first half of 2013. Forty-two…