Managing the Semiconductor Shortage of 2021, Part 1

The burgeoning semiconductor shortage of 2021 hit chipmakers “like a ton of bricks,” according to one distributor.  Of course, that’s not the phrase semiconductor suppliers would use. But the supply chain is in the midst of a perfect storm. A convergence of events is creating what’s expected to be a shortage of CPUs, MPUs, memory,…

Supply Chain Outlook Rallies but Concerns Linger

In spite of Covid-19 case numbers rising in the U.S., optimism in the electronics and manufacturing industries is improving.  ECIA’s latest supply chain survey on the impact of the virus points to lessening concern over component supply. Additionally, the U.S. manufacturing  index has increased for 3 consecutive months. Developments over the past month on Main…

ECIA Covid-19 Survey Reveals Concerns are Easing

As the coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact the electronics components supply chain, the most recent data from ECIA’s survey of manufacturers and distributors yields a picture of modest overall improvement and stabilizing results, according to Dale Ford, ECIA’s Chief Analyst. The results reflect the hopeful economic uncertainty that still exists even as many states have…

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ECIA Survey Identifies Best Reopening Practices

As pandemic restrictions begin to transition toward a less restrictive environment, business managers across the country are planning and implementing their reopening strategies. Lessons have been learned through this crisis that will influence both near- and long-term plans and operating procedures. Looking at the state of the electronics components supply chain and the need to…

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ECIA Heads Industry Effort to Modernize the Design Registration Process

A supply chain practice called design registration has dogged the electronics channel for decades. Distributors support their component suppliers by getting their parts designed in to an OEM end-product. In order to be compensated for that effort, distributors must “register” that design with the supplier. Once the OEM device reaches production, the distributor may receive…