The Design Is Done: Now What?

Purchasing is the unsung hero of the supply chain. After engineering finalizes the task of designing an end-product, purchasing has the chore of locating, pricing, and coordinating a bill of materials and then troubleshooting a hundred things before components hit the manufacturing line. There are a lot of sources for components and assistance in the…

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Mouser Lauded by Local Community

MANSFIELD, TEXAS – Mouser Electronics, a top global distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, was formally recognized with a proclamation on Dec. 10 by the City of Mansfield, Texas, for its economic and civic contributions to the city and for Mouser being named the 2012 Employer of Excellence for Tarrant County. The proclamation reads: “I,…

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Introduce More Products Without Raising Risk

One of the many benefits that components suppliers gain by integrating master distribution into their channel strategy is that new product introduction (NPI) coordinated through an integrated partner reduces risk and cost-to-serve. This coordination also accelerates time-to-market and design-win activity. Many of the most successful components manufacturers generate 20 to 30 percent of their revenue…

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Reliability Starts With Process Integrity

Without overstating the obvious, in the last two years an increasing number of companies are introducing components and products with extremely high levels of integration. Systems on a chip (SOC) have advanced to such high degrees that instead of having the standard external logic and passive control circuits, these components are internal to the integrated…

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Turning Ordinary to Great

There are times when I wonder why companies have purchasing departments. Wouldn’t it be a great cost reduction to get rid of the overhead for this group and just let designers pick suppliers and set component pricing? A demand planner could interface with contract manufacturers that would keep costs competitive and take care of all…

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Reversal of Fortune: Really?

For the first time this year, warning bells are going off regarding semiconductor inventory levels. Nothing has exactly been pointing to a yearend run on stock. However, given the ongoing assurances by the supply chain that communication and visibility efforts continue to improve between suppliers and their channel partners, the industry could expect a more…

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