The Current State of the Semiconductor Industry (Now Until 2023)

After close to two years of continual news coverage on the global semiconductor crisis, there is finally talk that the chip shortage could come to an end—and soon! But is it true? What is the current state of the semiconductor industry? While there are a few positive indicators supporting an early end, including promising US  […]

Mid-2022 How are Lead Times and is the Shortage Waning as Expected

July 1st has come and gone marking the start of 2H 2022, the second half of the year. At the start of 2022, expectations for electronic components were cautiously optimistic and generally positive. Certain lead times had stabilized and while there would be challenges throughout 1H 2022, the outlook from experts saw steps toward recovery.  […]

The Key to Easing Future Shortages Lies at Home

U.S. domestic production of semiconductors is at an all-time low. In the 1990s, the U.S. share of manufacturing capacity was once 37%. Now, it is a small 12%. The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has been aware of this gap and is commending actions made by the Biden Administration to rectify it. The lack of U.S.  […]

Electronic Component Distributors Are Invaluable in Uncertain Times

The last few years have been a bit of a kerfuffle for everyone. Normal has a new definition regarding a post-Covid-19 pandemic world. The pandemic isn’t even truly over. The complications born from the pandemic, likewise, are long-lasting, such as the global semiconductor chip shortage. Shortages are not unheard of. Semiconductors, out of all electronic  […]

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.  […]

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  […]

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  […]

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. Fires, storms,  […]

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.” Biden  […]

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