Texas Instruments Retains Lead as Top Analog IC Supplier

Analog ICs remain a critical component in nearly all of today’s digital-centric systems. Consumer, computing, communications, automotive, and industrial/medical systems rely on analog devices to manage power consumption and to help extend battery life in portable devices. IC Insights’ April Update to the 2021 McClean Report ranked the leading analog IC suppliers for 2020. Collectively,…

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TrendForce: Top 10 Foundries’ Revenue Hits All-Time High

With Intel Corp. predicting that the chip shortage could last years, foundries — and chip makers — are in a position to increase prices. TrendForce reports various foundries are raising their wafer prices and adjusting their product mixes to ensure profitability. Back in March, Intel announced plans to invest $20 billion in U.S. chip facilities…

Speedbumps Abound on the Road to Digitization

“Digitization” is, like “resilience,” the new mantra for the supply chain. Digital applications range from automated paperwork to complex networks that provide end-to-end visibility of global supply and manufacturing operations. Digitized systems work across geographies and products to provide real-time data on inventory, delays, disruptions and resolutions to manufacturing sites and supply-chain partners. Interconnected supply…

The Labor Shortage is the Next Major Issue Facing the Supply Chain  

The labor shortage is fast becoming the next significant problem for the supply chain. Many frontline warehouse employees fall into the category of shift workers who have yet to return to the workforce, even as the economy bounces back, and the demand for workers still continues to climb. While these critical jobs remain difficult to fill, employers are focusing on optimizing…

ECIA: Component & Product Demand Surges to Dramatic High

Optimism in the electronics market is surging, according to ECIA, bolstering data from a national manufacturing index that reached a 37-year high in March. The ECIA’s Electronic Component Sales Trend (ECST) monthly survey, which assesses month-to-month sales growth sentiment, leapt up between 26 and 27 points in component and end-market measures from February to March.…

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Demand Surges, Supply Tightens at U.S. Factories

Demand remains high for U.S.- made products even as manufacturers contend with price increases, labor shortages and supply constraints. The Institute for Supply Management’s PMI reached a three-year high in February to 60.8, an increase of 2.1 percentage points from the January reading. Signs for future demand remain strong, but supply chain pressures are unlikely…

Why is Visibility so Difficult?

As semiconductors become scarce in 2021, companies in the electronics supply chain are seeking better visibility into long-term chip demand. Two research reports shed some light on why visibility, in general, is so hard to achieve. More than half the companies recently surveyed by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) rely on their own data for…

Electronics Industry Welcomes Supply Chain Review

Unsurprisingly, the electronics industry is reacting favorably to President Biden’s executive order to review critical U.S. supply chains. The Covid-19 pandemic exposed the United States’ dependence on foreign supplies including semiconductors and materials used in PPE, medical tests and pharmaceuticals. Reliance on foreign sources is not a new issue in electronics but tariffs, the China-U.S.…

Texas Snowstorms to Disrupt Electronics Supply Chain

The snowstorms in Texas have led to a 133-car pileup, nearly a half-million without power, and millions in the state under boil-water notices. The storms’ impact on semiconductor fabrication plants in the Lone Star state has also received attention. “The storm-related power outages in Texas could have a mind-blowing impact on fabs and, in turn,…

Chip CEOs Reach Out to White House

As CEOs of the leading chip companies signed a letter to U.S. President Biden urging him to prioritize funding for semiconductor manufacturing and research, the White House press secretary Jen Psaki said late last week in a press briefing that industry should expect an executive order to be signed within weeks. The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) board…