Price Hikes Drive Improved Semiconductor Forecasts

Electronic component suppliers have been complaining for years about eroding prices. With many types components currently in short supply, prices have finally begun to tick up. But are any of these price hikes sustainable? Typically, the answer is “no.” A continual stream of better-smaller-faster components exerts downward price pressure on older-generation products. However, one research…

How to Reduce Defects in the Automotive Supply Chain

The automotive industry and its robust and complicated supply chain is constantly striving to reduce defective parts per million (DPPM). With autonomous vehicles entering mainstream markets over the next decade, the quality requirements for many automotive electronic systems are increasing rapidly, and suppliers have been required to shift from DPPM to DPPB (defective parts per…

Chip Market Forecast to Grow 4% in 2016

The uncertain global economy will continue to have a dampening effect on the semiconductor market, according to two leading analyst firms. While the chip industry had been able to outperform the overall electronics market for decades, chip makers have had to grow accustomed to a more sedate pace of growth. IC Insights and Future Horizons both have forecast…

RS Components Adds Touchstone ICs

RS Components( http://ph.rs-online.com ) (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc(http://www.electrocomponents.com ) (LSE: ECM), the global distributor for engineers, is now stocking low-power, high-performance analogue integrated circuit (IC) products developed by Touchstone Semiconductor and recently acquired by Silicon Labs to complement its embedded portfolio for the Internet of Things (IoT) market. RS will provide an inventory and logistics…

ABI Research Assesses NFC IC Vendors

NXP, Inside Secure, and STMicroelectronics were judged to be the top rated vendors of NFC ICs in ABI Research’s Competitive Assessment.  Companies were scored for eight key criteria under the categories of Implementation and Innovation across both NFC modems/controllers and secure elements. NXP ranked in first position overall and topped the Implementation category.  It was…