Building Lasting Supply Chain Alliances

No enterprise involved in the electronics supply chain operates in a vacuum, not even companies that have a monopoly on their economic sector. It’s easy, though, for a business to keep a relationship going on past its benefits for the wrong reasons. It’s a trap a former British foreign secretary and prime minister identified generations…

Wireless Charging for Wearables Readies for Huge Growth

The global market for wireless power and charging in wearable applications is forecast to grow 3,000 percent this year compared to 2014, according to IHS Technology. The market research firm expects global revenue of wireless power receivers and transmitters for wearable applications to exceed more than $480 million in 2015, up from $15 million last year.…

Paranoia in the Supply Chain

The electronics industry manufacturing supply chain is a technology marvel. As you read this, millions of electronic devices of varying functionalities, end-markets, shapes and sizes are being assembled, packaged and shipped to enterprise customers and consumers worldwide. The process is almost flawless. Most of these equipment will work perfectly well. A few devices don’t work…

China’s Memory Consumption Reaches 20%

China’s appetite for electronics continues to grow in spite of some recent softness in its manufacturing sector. As of this year, nearly 4.789 billion DRAM chips and 3.518 billion NAND Flash chips from the 2Gb category have been consumed in China, accounting for 19.2 percent and 20.6 percent, respectively, of the world’s total DRAM and…

Apple-GT Row Highlights OEM Sourcing Dilemma

It’s the sort of public row few suppliers would ever engage in with a major customer of Apple Inc.’s size and influence within the electronics supply chain. With bankruptcy looming, though, GT Advanced Technologies Inc. seemed to no longer care how angry Apple Inc. executives might get if details of the two companies’ component sourcing…

Tight Supply Continues for DDR3 SDRAM

DDR3 SDRAM continues to be the bellwether of the memory market. Despite fluctuations in pricing, product continues to be scarce and lead times continue to be an issue. Lead times for DDR3 memory ranges from 12 to 16 weeks with inventory levels remaining tight. Forecasts are pushing lead times to early 2015 for deliveries. Within…

Who’s in the iPhone 6 Plus?

Qualcomm Inc. was again the biggest supplier of semiconductors to Apple Inc. for its newly released iPhone 6 Plus, grabbing a whopping $20 to $22 worth of components for the smartphone, according to a teardown analysis by iFixit. Other companies that also scored big wins in the redesigned Apple smartphone include Skyworks Solutions Inc., Avago…