Surging Technology Adoption Driving Electronics Growth

Rising adoption of electronics across all sections of the global economy is one of the primary drivers of growth in the electronics market and this pace is likely to accelerate in the near future, according to industry executives. This realization is forcing players in the entire supply chain to keep a tab on emerging technologies…

Digi-Key Goes Global with Supply Chain Support

Digi-Key Corp. is intensifying engagement with small to medium-size OEMs by expanding globally a range of programs it has instituted to support customers demanding supply chain management activities. The component distributor says the supply chain functions are complementary to the design chain services it is reputed for, noting these will remain at the core of…

Contractors Ogling Distribution Business Again

A turf war between electronics components distributors and contract manufacturers shouldn’t surprise anyone. The two groups operate razor-thin margin businesses and while they offer critical services neither is truly at the top of the electronics industry food chain. To further complicate matters, OEMs can (and sometimes do) reap major benefits from pitching distributors against electronics…

Intel Invades OEM Design World

Intel Corp. isn’t staying on the sidelines as OEMs review their design operations to improve efficiencies, slash costs and accelerate product time-to-market. The semiconductor vendor is directly inserting itself into the design environment with the hopes of cementing existing relationships and forging new ones as major technology developments and shifting consumer and enterprise demands drive…

Who’s in the Apple Smartwatch?

A teardown of the smartwatch recently introduced by Apple Inc. revealed the company called on many of its current component suppliers to provide components for the device. Winners of the company’s design sockets include Micron Inc., which provided the DRAM, and Toshiba Inc., which supplied the flash memory component. IHS Inc. in a report said…

Even Electronics Design is now a Commodity

Electronics design – the last bastion of fat margins for electronics manufacturers – is the latest victim of the waves of commoditization that have eroded margins in the high-tech market for decades. Efforts to fight commoditization in recent years have focused industry resources on differentiation primarily in the design of proprietary products but even this…