Tag: Semiconductor

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Chip Shortage: How Will It Affect the Holiday Shopping Season?

    Chip Shortage: How Will It Affect the Holiday Shopping Season?

    With about a month left in 2021, it seems like only yesterday the world was celebrating the end of 2020. The holiday shopping season is in full swing once again. But this year’s traditional shopping spree will be more of a mad dash than normal. The reasons? The ongoing chip shortage and supply chain issues. So far, industry experts are saying there’s still no foreseeable end to these issues—which will have a drastic effect on this year’s holiday shopping season.

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  5. Diversify Your Supply Chain: A Possible Solution to the Semiconductor Shortage?

    Diversify Your Supply Chain: A Possible Solution to the Semiconductor Shortage?

    Will diversifying your supply chain solve the issues that come with the global semiconductor shortage? Not entirely—but diversifying your supply chain can absolutely help you optimize your supply chain and even secure hard-to-find or obsolete electronic components during the semiconductor shortage.

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  6. An Update on the U.S. Semiconductor Industry

    An Update on the U.S. Semiconductor Industry

    The semiconductor chip shortage that has plagued supply chains beginning in 2020 and have lasted through this year is expected to linger into 2022, and possibly longer, most industry analysts agree. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused shortages across industries ranging from healthcare equipment, to trampolines, to paper, while demand for semiconductor-equipped technologies has only increased.

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  7. 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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  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. How Long will the Global Chip Shortage Last?

    How Long will the Global Chip Shortage Last?

    The ongoing global semiconductor shortage is getting worse at the worst possible time – when consumer demand for electronics and automobiles are at an all time high. Even while semiconductor manufacturers work to increase production, soaring demand for electronic devices will continue to outpace the supply of the chips used to bring them to life 

    And experts say the crisis isn’t going to end anytime soon.  

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