Flex Acquires Smart Home Platform Wink

One of the more appealing aspects of the IoT is the diversity of companies that are entering the market. Pascal Fernandez, vice president of distributor Avnet Inc.’s Velocity, EMEA, recently said companies outside of the electronics industry are developing products and applications that may find their way into the IoT. Many companies already in electronics are…

Yole: Flip Chip Investment Reboots in 2018

Due to the growth of the semiconductor business, the wider adoption of Cu pillar solutions and the introduction of flip chip technology for LED and CMOS image sensors (CIS) applications, the flip chip market is expanding. However, market research firm Yole Développement (Yole) expects flip chip capacity will max out by 2017, requiring new investment…

Six Trends Impacting the Manufacturing Supply Chain

Accounting for approximately 17 percent of GDP and 14 percent of employment globally, the manufacturing sector is the engine of global trade – 70 percent of the entire global trade volume stems from manufacturing companies. Against this background, supply chain concepts need to be regionalized, interconnected, more resilient and sustainable as well as more agile…

U.S. Manufacturing: Mixed Bag in October

The trifecta of a strong dollar, low oil prices and concerns about China continued to dog the U.S. manufacturing market in October. The domestic industry’s leading index, the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI, moved uncomfortably close to 50 — the dividing line between growth and contraction. The PMI in October measured 50.1 percent, down from…

AS6496 Anti-Counterfeit Standard is Taking Root

Authorized distributors have had more than a year now to come to terms with the SAE Aerospace 6496 standard for dealing with fraudulent and counterfeit electronic components, and there appears to be growing acceptance and support for the standard, at least among U.S. companies. “Pretty much all the major North American authorized distributors have signed…

U.S. Manufacturing Slides For Third Straight Month

The nation’s leading production index fell for the third consecutive month in September, reflecting ongoing uncertainty across manufacturing industries about the global economy. The Institute for Supply Management’s PMI declined to 50.2 percent in September, its lowest point since December of 2012. The PMI is hovering just above the point of contraction: a reading above…

Battelle Builds a ‘Barrier’ Against Counterfeit Chips

Tom Sharpe clearly recalls the first batch of “clone” semiconductors that turned up under the microscopes at his company’s Sandy Hook, Conn., test facility three years ago. SMT Corp., where he is vice president, specializes in detecting counterfeit chips, and most of those it had detected before then had been poor-quality, previously used chips that…

Sager Ramps Up For a Power-Hungry Market

After 128 years in business, Sager Electronics can still mark some “firsts” in its history. Sager Power Systems, a specialized group within Sager Electronics, is one of those. For the first time, in 2014 and 2015, Sager acquired two companies in less than a year. The specialty distributor has, of course, acquired other companies: in…

Conflict Minerals Rule: An Exercise in Futility?

Electronic and paper documentations showing efforts by OEMs and component vendors to comply with the Conflict Minerals Rule are piling up at high-tech companies worldwide even as a courtroom battle rages over the legality of the legislation, according to interview sources. Although a Federal Court has ruled that a portion of the law violates manufacturers’…

Buyers’ Scarcest Commodity? Time

Procurement specialists have to focus on a lot of issues strategic to their organizations. But what is the problem that most bedevils buyers themselves? Time management. PrimeAdvantage, a buying consortium of small and midsize manufacturers, found time was the scarcest commodity among respondents to its 2015 survey. Because of  time limitations, 63 percent of respondents said…