Tag: Semiconductor

  1. Quality Doesn’t Have to be Sacrificed During Crises

    Quality Doesn’t Have to be Sacrificed During Crises

    A lot of things have changed over the past few years. Global shortages have had a major impact on the way the world’s many supply chains function. It comes as no surprise that electronic components and the electronics industry have needed to re-examine their earlier legacy systems.  

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  2. Has the Semiconductor Shortage Impacted Demand for Electric Vehicles?

    Has the Semiconductor Shortage Impacted Demand for Electric Vehicles?

    If it has electric in the name, chips are a guarantee. Most of the items we interact with daily utilize chips in some capacity. How many chips a device may need varies depending on size, function, and other factors. Automotive vehicles—cars—require a large amount to perform numerous, complex functions. Electric vehicles (EVs) require even more.  

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  3. Time for a Check-In: How Are We Doing with Lead Times and the Shortage?

    Time for a Check-In: How Are We Doing with Lead Times and the Shortage?

    After a year of natural disasters, Covid-19 variants and lockdowns, all peppered with geopolitical tension, what’s in the forecast for 2022? Just three months into the new year, industry experts have tentatively forecasted what to expect in the third year into global shortage. While most agree that the shortage will continue throughout 2022 and into 2023, there’s a consensus that 2023 should mark the end. 

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  4. Japan Semiconductor Plants Suffer Another Setback Second Year in A Row

    Japan Semiconductor Plants Suffer Another Setback Second Year in A Row

    On March 16th, 2022, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan’s Fukushima prefecture. The quake cut off power to millions of people, according to a report by CNN, with over 100 people injured and 4 killed. A tsunami warning was put into effect but lifted Thursday morning after no abnormalities were detected at any of Japan’s nuclear plants.

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  5. How is the War in Ukraine Affecting the Global Chip Shortage?

    How is the War in Ukraine Affecting the Global Chip Shortage?

    The world’s supply chains are highly-interconnected and fragile beasts. They are prone to disruptions from crises and conflicts no matter where they strike in the world. The best example of this problem? When the initial lockdowns in China began at the start of the pandemic. What followed was the 2020-2022 global semiconductor shortage. 

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  6. Biden Calls on Congress to Put Chip Production Front and Center

    Biden Calls on Congress to Put Chip Production Front and Center

    “Made in America” was an overarching theme in President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. “That means make more cars,” he clarified, “and semiconductors in America. More infrastructure and innovation in America. More goods moving faster and cheaper in America. More jobs where you can earn a good living in America.”

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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