automotive electronics, IC Insights, semiconductors

Outlook Remains Bright for Automotive Electronics

Despite some high-profile setbacks with autonomous vehicles, IC Insights projects that automotive electronics systems growth will remain robust and automotive remains a hotbed for semiconductor growth. Sales of automotive electronics systems are forecast to increase 7.0 percent in 2018 and 6.3 percent in 2019, the highest growth rate in both years among the six major end-use applications…

inventory, component, shortages, EDX

OEMs Should Commit to Inventory During Component Shortages

The causes, effects and implications of “The Great Component Shortage of 2018” have been thoroughly analyzed. The automotive and IoT industries have been driving unprecedented demand for smaller and more efficient passive electronics, which in turn has stretched lead times for these once- commoditized components to the breaking point. What hasn’t been discussed, however, is the equal…

shortages, warehouse, manufacturing,

U.S. Manufacturing’s Humming—Except for Shortages and Tariffs

U.S. manufacturers that rely on access to electronic components are on the brink of not being able to fulfill their customers’ orders. But manufacturing is still humming: The Institute for Supply Management’s leading factory index, the PMI, increased by 1.4 percent in May to 58.7. However, comments from the computer and electronics sector indicate OEMs…

Quakes Will Impact Automotive Electronics

It has been a couple of weeks since double earthquakes hit the Japanese island of Kyushu in the Kumamoto prefecture, self-named as Japan’s Silicon Valley. The two earthquakes, one registering 6.5 magnitude followed by the main 7.3 magnitude event, are unusual in that they occurred in a two-day time frame. Additionally significant: 1,000 aftershocks continue…

Auto Electronics: Keeping User Interfaces Simple

One of the biggest hits of the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was actually a car. As auto makers integrate more electronics into vehicles, the line between consumer electronics and automotive electronics continues to blur. The focus has now shifted to the Detroit Auto Show,  where vehicle performance is enhanced by electronics. One of the key…

distributors

In Distribution, ‘Leverage’ is a Relative Term

If there’s one thing that distribution knows, it’s how to leverage volume. The number of components that passes through the channel every day is mind-boggling, and suppliers, distributors and customers all know that the more you buy, the better deal you can negotiate. But what happens to your leverage if you are not a volume…

Automotive Electronics Offers Big Growth Potential

There is big demand for high-reliability parts in automotive electronics sectors. The global market for automotive electronics is forecast to hit $204.6 billion in 2014, and reach $314.4 billion by 2020, with an estimated compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.3 percent between 2012 and 2020, according to a Research and Markets report. The OEM…

TDK Transformers Target Automotive Electronics

TDK Corporation has introduced two new EPCOS SMT current sense transformers for automotive electronics. The devices are designed for use in emerging 48-V automotive power systems as well as for all xEV applications, where the components can be used to measure the currents of the electric drives. The B78417A2185A003 device is based on an EP7…

Eaton Makes a Big Play in Automotive Electronics

Pleasanton, Calif. – Eaton’s Electronics Division has launched a multi-tiered initiative that focuses on enhancing the safety of automotive electronics, and meeting increased demand for high-reliability magnetics, supercapacitors, and circuit protection products. Key features of the initiative include a new online portal for faster component selection, safety-certified products, manufacturing advances, and increased production capacity. The…