Design Tools Proliferate in the Supply Chain

The design tool, which used to be in the realm of CAD, CAM and EDA providers, is no longer restricted to proprietary, complex, expensive and suite-level solutions. Although they differ vastly from their CAD/CAM/EDA predecessors, design tools provided by suppliers and distributors have the same goal in mind: making it easier for designers to get…

IoT and Wearables Spurring Supply Chain Momentum

Earlier this month, COMPUTEX 2014 in Taipei, Taiwan, was  proof positive that the dawn of wearable computing and a next level of ubiquity is here. From the trade show floor to keynotes and casual conversations throughout the week, the momentum and commitment to real progress for wearables was clear all along the semiconductor and electronics…

OEMs: Plan Ahead For After-Market Needs

The term “spare parts” may conjure up visions of junkyards, but in the high-tech industry they represent an opportunity worth billions of dollars for companies willing to manage after-market logistics. The storage and maintenance of spare parts is often a drain on company resources. Holding and maintaining inventory costs money that could be better invested…

SiliconExpert Launches Pricing Tool

SiliconExpert Technologies, the leading provider of electronic component management tools, officially introduces their Price Analytics Tool which normalizes and displays component level pricing data on an intuitive interface, allowing supply chain managers to easily compare, analyze and manage pricing data intelligently. OEMs with multiple distributors and contract manufacturers can now easily compare component level pricing…

Counterfeit Components: Are Warnings Enough?

In spite of the electronics industry’s ongoing efforts, there may be no “best way” to fight counterfeit components. One of the hurdles in this effort is the issue of anonymity as it pertains to reporting the inadvertent acquisition a counterfeit. There mere admission that a counterfeit got through a company’s firewall casts doubt on that…

Lytica Unveils New Components Pricing Benchmark Report

Growing Ottawa based Supply Chain Analytics & Services company – Lytica Inc., announced Monday, the release of their new free BENCHMARK REPORT designed for companies that use electronic components within their products. “By uploading their costed BOM (Bill of Material) and AVL (approved vendor list) into Lytica’s secure website, a customer will receive a free…

Doing Business in Korea, Part 2

Smith & Associates – which is celebrating its 30th year in business this week — opened its office in Seoul in 2000. Although electronics behemoths such as Samsung, LG and Hynix are headquartered in Korea, Choon Byun, Smith’s president for Asia-Pacific, said relationships still matter when it gets down to buying and selling components. In…

Purchasing: Component Pricing Pressure Eases

Demand for electronic components is rising steadily and solidifying enough across all market segments that suppliers are beginning to hope they may soon be able to raise prices and improve their gross profit margins. Led by automotive, industrial and even segments of the consumer electronics market – smartphones and tablets – demand for components rose…