5G, electronics, infrastructure

The 5G Revolution: It’s all About the Infrastructure

The biggest 5G opportunity for the electronics supply chain  — infrastructure — is also its biggest inhibitor, according to one industry expert. Base stations, towers and data processing centers require a lot of industrial electronics, but nobody — literally — wants them in their backyard. “2020 will be the year that 5G scales,” Qualcomm Inc. President…

Responsible Minerals Sourcing Webinar Now On Demand

The principles surrounding conflict minerals sourcing are expanding into other materials, such as cobalt, copper and lithium. The broader initiative, called responsible minerals sourcing, focuses on the social and environmental impact of extracting and processing certain raw materials and preventing abuses often linked to those activities. Under U.S. legislation enacted in 2010, publicly-traded companies are…

C&K Receives Int’l Automotive Task Force 16949 OK

C&K, one of the world’s most trusted brands of high-quality electromechanical switches, today announced that all of its global facilities have received International Automotive Task Force (IATF) 16949 certification. C&K’s Dole (France) location was the first to achieve certification, with the company’s Huizhou (China) and Newton (Mass., U.S.) locations following closely thereafter. IATF 16949 emphasizes…

double ordering

Double Ordering of Electronic Components Hits ‘All-Time High’

Although the electronics supply chain has been dancing around the issue of double ordering for several quarters, a recent Morgan Stanley report finds there’s been a “significant uptick” in double ordering that has extended component lead times even further. Evidence of double ordering also has analysts questioning the sustainability of the current component-demand upcycle. “To…