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Independent Distributors Define Their Role in the New Normal

After a handful of years marked with component shortages, expanding lead times, pandemic-related supply chain disruption and most recently a ground war, “business as usual” is a relative term. The electronics industry has been especially turbulent, but supply chain businesses see both challenge and opportunity. OEMs and EMS providers have sought deeper supply chain relationships…

Don’t Underestimate the Passives Shortage

Admittedly, it is ICs that will get the majority of attention when it comes to electronic system design, with the supporting passive components too often receiving very little of the limelight. Nevertheless, their value should certainly not be underestimated. The passives incorporated into electronic hardware have important roles to play when it comes to ensuring…

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Renesas Fire Exacerbates Auto MCU Shortage

While Renesas officially aims to get its Naka 12-inch wafer production line back to full operation within one month, research firm TrendForce expects the immediate task of restoring the cleanroom and installing new equipment systems to take much longer than that. Renesas said that the fire burned about 5 percent of the total area of…

Executive Order Clears Path to $37 Billion Chip Investment

President Biden on Wednesday signed, as expected, an executive order that paves the way for allocation of $37 billion federal government investment to address the chip supply shortfall. Industry reaction has been positive with both the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) immediately issuing statements showing relief that the…

ISM Survey: 75% of Companies Report Supply Chain Disruption

Today the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) revealed the first-round results of a survey focused on coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) business and supply chain impacts. Notably, nearly 75 percent of companies report supply chain disruptions in some capacity due to coronavirus-related transportation restrictions, and more than 80 percent believe that their organization will experience some…