Manufacturing leaders are confident about the economy, as companies remain focused on capital investments, new products, and research and development this year.
New report shows communications and computer system applications capture the biggest piece of the IC market worldwide, although automotive systems are forecast to remain a key market, especially in Europe.
The burgeoning automotive industry is putting new pressures on direct and indirect suppliers to auto makers.
Some buyers report increasing demand for relays in particular, while prices remain fairly steady in both categories.
The global sensor market gets a boost from the popularity of wearables and the Internet of Things, as buyers across a range of industries increase demand.
With the exception of a few products and brands, purchasing managers say buying conditions are fairly stable at the start of 2015.
FPGAs can be reprogrammed, have a shorter lead time, and have lower non-recurring engineering costs compared to other options; the main drawback is the price tag.
The term “middle man” is sometimes used to describe distributors, although some in the electronics supply chain view it as an archaic term. Others may say it is a pejorative label because it implies that distributors stand between part...
Half of companies surveyed say they source electronic components from the open market; less than a quarter say their companies have a policy in place for buying from brokers and independent distributors