Modest Movement in August Lead Times & Pricing

Component pricing and lead times remain stable in the month of August, with a few exceptions. Similar to July, lead times for discretes and memory continue to inch up, according to Avnet Inc.’s most recent Market and Technology Trends report. Pricing is moving up slightly in discretes as suppliers see increased booking rates on most…

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Growth Seen for Indoor Location Market

 Apple’s acquisition of WiFiSLAM has brought smartphone indoor location technologies to the fore. With over 1 billion new smartphones forecast to utilize indoor location technologies in 2018, there are still significant opportunities for companies with the right technologies and strategies. In ABI Research’s latest Location Technology report, “Smartphone Indoor Location Technologies”, it has forecast the…

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PAE Litigation Bludgeons Electronics Supply Chain

The electronics supply chain cannot afford to operate in an unfair business environment where a company's patents are subject to litigation from patent assertion entities (PAEs). These businesses don't manufacture products. Instead, they acquire patents solely to extract financial settlements through lawsuits based on questionable claims. The Obama administration outlined its views in a June…

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Engineering & Purchasing: Joined at the Hip

In an industry where engineering is constantly feeding new products to the manufacturing floor, several disciplines must be in place to assure the smoothest transitions from the R&D group to the operations group. While New Product Introductions (NPI) and associated processes are key to managing lowest costs and highest quality products from introduction to obsolescence…

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Where Does EMS Head Next?

The logic behind the concept made enormous sense when OEMs first began focusing on core competencies decades ago. Manufacturing became the main function of specialized contractors such as Flextronics, Solectron, Sanmina, Jabil, Celestica and others while OEMs like IBM Corp., instead of investing in manufacturing plants, concentrated on developing technology, leaving the assembly to the…

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