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  1. In Our Constantly Evolving World, How Do You Gain an Advantage?

    In Our Constantly Evolving World, How Do You Gain an Advantage?

    Let’s start with this simple fact, the world is changing. If one were to compare early 2019 to early 2022, despite the short three-year time span, the differences are exceedingly numerous. Yes, Covid-19 has severely impacted the majority of our lifestyles from social to professional. It has been so momentous that the global supply chain has been disrupted so extremely, the shortages are set to last into 2023.

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  2. 2021: The Year of the Electronic Component Shortage

    2021: The Year of the Electronic Component Shortage

    What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear 2021?  The Covid-19 vaccine rollout? The Tokyo Olympics? NASA’s rover Perseverance landing on Mars? All are excellent answers. All are major events that happened over the course of 2021. This includes an ongoing event that made headlines throughout the year: the global semiconductor shortage.

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  3. What Does a Collaborative Advantage Mean?

    What Does a Collaborative Advantage Mean?

    Partnering with a company is very much like a courtship. You meet, discover commonalities, determine compatibility, mutual interests, and finally, form a partnership. Knowing that a potential partner shares the same values and principles is pivotal to your company’s growth and success. You want to work together to bring out the best in each other.

    That’s essentially the idea behind a “collaborative advantage” – working together to make a difference and position each company for success. Area51 Electronics understands the value of offering the Collaborative Advantage.

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  4. EDAC IP67 Waterproof D-Subminiature or D-Sub Connectors

    EDAC IP67 Waterproof D-Subminiature or D-Sub Connectors

    EDAC, a global leader in interconnect solutions, recently released a new line of D-Seal series IP67-rated waterproof D-Subminiature connectors in both standard and high-density packages. The electrical connectors are designed to perform at the maximum level, even under the most adverse conditions. They provide cable-to-board or board-to-board connections.

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  5. A New Kind of Solar Power: Perovskite

    A New Kind of Solar Power: Perovskite

    When the going gets tough, the tough get going. And the last two years, well, have been rough. The pandemic, labor shortages, natural disasters, and geopolitical tension have had rippling effects throughout the world. Everyone from baristas running out of favorite coffee flavors to Apple cutting iPhone production, is hurting. Industry experts and market analysts are warning things are going to get worse before they get better. 

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  6. Chips: The Smallest Things that Make A Big Difference

    Chips: The Smallest Things that Make A Big Difference

    Chips. They’re in your coffee maker, smartphone, thermostat, ring camera, smoke detector, and more. If it has an electric pulse, it has a chip. The amount of chips inside each device varies, but the fact of the matter remains the same. The world runs on chips. The shortage has only amplified its importance. It’s also drawn attention to a very big issue.

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  7. What is the “Gray Market” and Why is it Full of Counterfeit Chips?

    What is the “Gray Market” and Why is it Full of Counterfeit Chips?

    The Covid-19 pandemic has been hard on everyone. “Of all the industries affected by Covid-related supply chain issues, the electronics industry has arguably been hit hardest,” according to AllAboutCircuits.com. The change from in-office to work-from-home triggered an ever-rising demand for digital products. Consumers want faster networks, smarter home appliances, and fast shipping as e-commerce booms.

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  8. A Glimpse Into the Future – How Will Lead Times Be in 3 Months?

    A Glimpse Into the Future – How Will Lead Times Be in 3 Months?

    Chips, everyone wants them. Everyone needs them. Now that we are at the tail end of Q4 and on the last leg of our sprint toward 2022, it’s time to revisit the market. These updates come as a mixed bag. Passive components as a whole are stabilizing with only a few outliers, like oscillators and aluminum capacitors, increasing in lead time. Some components, semiconductors especially, have updated lead times reaching up to 80 weeks, according to the Register. That’s May 2023, over a year from now. 

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  9. Authorized or Independent Distributor: Which One is Best for You?

    Authorized or Independent Distributor: Which One is Best for You?

    In the midst of exciting and significant technological advancements, the demand for electronic components, hardware, and assemblies is at a record high across industries such as automotive and transportation, industrial and automation, aerospace and defense, energy, and medical. As a result, components have become extremely hard to come by, to say the least. A lot of what companies are able to find are suspected counterfeit or counterfeit components. So the question becomes this: when looking to secure hard-to-find obsolete, or in-high-demand components, is it best to work with an authorized distributor or an independent distributor?

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  10. SETsafe | SETfuse Offers New Line of Overcurrent/Over Temp Protection Solutions

    SETsafe | SETfuse Offers New Line of Overcurrent/Over Temp Protection Solutions

    Picture this. You’ve plugged in your new refrigerator into an electrical outlet. But then, something happens. A faint burn smell fills the air. Smoke starts rising from behind the appliance. A small fire is about to break out. You get the picture. This scenario is something the team at SETsafe | SETfuse works hard to prevent. The manufacturer of circuit protection solutions and components is known for their innovative solutions for high standard safety and protection.

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