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  1. Beyond the Chip: Why Value-Added Solutions Are a Win-Win

    Beyond the Chip: Why Value-Added Solutions Are a Win-Win

    So you’ve finally procured your desired electronic component. Now what? With the global semiconductor shortage significantly changing the way companies do business, it’s no surprise that some distributors are offering more than just the actual product. So instead of providing only the electronic component, some distributors will include value-added services such as connector assemblies, kitting, special packaging, device programming, and custom design capabilities like enclosure modifications. Other distributors might also offer supply chain solutions in addition to the product, like just-in-time (JIT) deliveries, consignment, and forecast management.

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  2. AEM Components Offers Innovative SMD Fuses Designed for Automotive Applications

    AEM Components Offers Innovative SMD Fuses Designed for Automotive Applications

    Electric and hybrid vehicle use is rapidly on the rise. According to a recent report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), electric cars could make up 57% of all passenger car sales worldwide. With that rise in electric vehicle (EV) use comes the need for advanced surface-mount fuse technology and highly reliable circuit protection for high-stress automotive applications. Enter AEM.

     

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  3. How the Rise in Electric Vehicles Impacts the Semiconductor Industry

    How the Rise in Electric Vehicles Impacts the Semiconductor Industry

    Today about 7.2 million electric vehicles are on the world’s roads. Why is that? Let’s take a look at the US for example: tighter regulations on CO2 emissions, government incentives, and regulatory policies play a huge role in consumer demands and production of electric vehicles. Another factor that contributes to the growing number of electric vehicles on the road is better battery life—enabling drivers to travel longer distances. The ability to travel further makes these cars significantly more appealing to the general public.

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  4. What is a Gallium Nitride (GaN) Semiconductor?

    What is a Gallium Nitride (GaN) Semiconductor?

    In order for something to break into the mainstream as a displacement technology, it has to overcome four hurdles: performance; cost; production capacity; and, reliability.

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  5. Protecting Your Supply Chain with a Robust Quality Management System

    Protecting Your Supply Chain with a Robust Quality Management System

    When electronic components are hard to find, desperation can set in. Add in the ongoing global semiconductor chip shortage. Plus, the longer lead times. What you’ve got here is a potential recipe for disaster.

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  6. Global Chip Shortage Spurs a Rise in Counterfeit Components

    Global Chip Shortage Spurs a Rise in Counterfeit Components

    Out of stock. Limited supply. One per customer. Phrases that have become more and more familiar in the past year as shortages span across industries today. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to shift countless supply and demand landscapes worldwide. While the global chip shortage continues to persist, the demand for chips only increases. This has set the stage for a potentially dangerous and damaging problem – a sharp rise in counterfeit components.

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  7. Orion Fans Offers Spark Proof IP68-ATEX Protection for Harsh AC Applications

    Orion Fans Offers Spark Proof IP68-ATEX Protection for Harsh AC Applications

    Orion Fans, a division of Knight Electronics, has gone “spark proof.” The manufacturer expanded its family of Electronically Commutated (EC) fans to include spark proof IP68-ATEX rated versions for applications involving explosive atmospheres or flammable gases. The IP68-ATEX rated EC fans grant protection in explosive gas atmospheres, while also providing significant cost savings and power savings of up to 50%, compared to standard AC fans.

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  8. What is the Difference between Active and Passive Electronic Components?

    What is the Difference between Active and Passive Electronic Components?

    They’re quite simply, everywhere. They’re found in pretty much every single device, large and small. From automobiles, airplanes, to small home devices, appliances – and even children’s toys. What are we talking about? Electronic components.  

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  9. Component Availability and Lead Time Challenges During the Shortage

    Component Availability and Lead Time Challenges During the Shortage

    We already know one fact – the chips are down. And we also know that it will likely take years for the chips to rebound, as demand for electronics continues to outpace the supply of chips and other components used to power them.

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  10. Introducing the new Area51 Electronics Website!

     Introducing the new Area51 Electronics Website!

    Here it is - our first blog post! We have big things in store and can't wait to share the fun news with you.

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