Memory Prices Tighten but is it Sustainable?

Memory semiconductor vendors have engineered the seemingly impossible. Prices are rising, inventories are tighter, there’s even talk of shortages in certain product areas due to a fire that halted production at a major facility and overall, the fundamentals of the memory market are seen as much better today than they have been in years. How…

Military, Aviation Markets More Vulnerable to Counterfeiting

The global aviation and military markets have become even more vulnerable to counterfeiting challenges today as companies channel higher portions of their product development resources to the consumer electronics segment, leaving lower volume sectors to utilize unsafe channels for filling urgent and difficult component procurement needs, industry sources said. The dangers from fake or substandard…

What happened to ‘Real Men Own Fabs’?

Jerry Sanders III, the oft-quoted, hard-fighting, co-founder and former CEO and chairman of Advanced Micro Devices Inc., who made the chest-thumping statement from which I took the headline for this blog, was right about many things in his long career in the semiconductor market. He was also wrong about a few things. Taking on Intel…

Distribution

Delph: Avnet aims to be even Bigger in IP&E

Avnet Inc. prides itself on being a broadline distributor that’s able to supply all the components needed by its thousands of customers globally. That hasn’t stopped the company from trying in recent years to stamp its imprint on the interconnects, passives and electromechanical (IP&E) market, a segment where it has an understated position despite being…

Intel Foundry: Leveraging Process Edge for Profit

The endorsement couldn’t be any sweeter. Intel Corp. is at least five years and “probably” more ahead of the competition in process technology, says John Daane, chairman, president & CEO of FPGA vendor Altera Corp. That’s why Altera will be sourcing semiconductor wafers from Intel starting in 2014, shifting wafer sourcing for high-end products from…

The Lure and Deception of Pricing Secrecy

Pricing secrecy is rampant in the electronics industry, governed by a strict regimen where suppliers are forbidden to disclose how much particular customers paid for their products and OEM and EMS provider procurement and purchasing experts consider pricing a “competitive weapon.” We are all living a lie. Let’s take one recent example from a large…

Surplus Parts Firms Sometime Make Sense

In my last article, I discussed electronics surplus houses and their role in the electronics supply chain. This article reviews one specific surplus electronics supply company and how the day-to-day operations take place. (See: Resolving Emergency Components Shortages). HSC, also called Halted Specialties Co., is located in the heart of Silicon Valley where big distributor…