Arrow Boosts Design Chain Offerings with eInfochips Deal

Arrow Electronics Inc. is diving deeper into the design engineering services market with an agreement to purchase eInfochips, a San Jose-based product engineering firm serving OEMs and semiconductor companies with a range of offerings spread across various segments of the high-tech industry. The eInfochips transaction is the latest in a series of transformative actions being…

Allocation 2017: What’s Behind the Component Shortage

Component shortages are not just about increased demand. Any number of factors – production capacity, supply chain disruptions, obsolescence and technology migration – can contribute to product scarcity. For 2017 and 2018, supplier merger and acquisition (M&A) activity can be added to the causation list. Semiconductor and tech mergers reached an all-time high in 2016 and formed…

Why Analysts Are Skeptical About Component Demand

You can’t really blame financial analysts for their skepticism on current component demand. The last time the electronics supply chain took orders at face value the industry was left with $13 billion in semiconductor excess alone. Everyone from component manufacturers through OEMs had to write down or write off millions of dollars’ worth of inventory. At…

Component Shortages to Last ‘Longer Than Expected’

There’s no short-term relief ahead for electronics manufacturers that are scrambling for components. Tight supplies of capacitors and resistors are expected to last into mid-2018—longer than industry experts expected. The dreaded words “allocation” and “double-ordering” are coming up more frequently, meaning OEMs and EMS providers are facing long-term sourcing challenges. Thick- and thin-film chip resistor…

OEM Re-Verticalization is Squeezing Semiconductor and Distribution TAM

Verticalization – or the more modern version of it – is in vogue again and its embrace by the biggest and most powerful OEMs is roiling the electronics industry as the opportunities and sizes of markets served by semiconductor makers, component distributors and software developers shrink further, forcing a re-evaluation of their roles, offerings and…

Can Millennials Cope With a Component Shortage?

As Baby Boomers make way for Millennials in the high-tech workforce, a new generation gap is yawning. The population reared in the digital age is engaging with colleagues whose golden rule is face-to-face communication. The current electronics market will test the skills of both generations. The electronics supply chain hasn’t faced a severe components shortage…

Xilinx and Avnet Deepen Distribution Engagement

Semiconductor vendor Xilinx Inc. and Avnet Inc. have struck an agreement to expand their existing relationship and extend this into a range of services meant to showcase the top-tier distributor’s reach into the electronics design chain. The announcement builds on steps already taken in recent months by Avnet to reorganize operations and refocus on strengthening…