14 Apr 2023 -

General chip times reduce, but power remains high – up to 75 weeks


Lead times in most chip categories are coming down, reports Electronics Weekly (EW), except for power management which is still up to 75 weeks.

The market for discrete devices and optoelectronics is currently undergoing a period of market readjustment, resulting in higher inventory levels, reports EW. Despite this, demand from automotive, industrial, and energy sectors is stabilising or increasing. As a result, lead times have decreased, with the exception of power technologies which are still limited until 1H 2023. 16 Bit chips from TI and Microchip are still at 70 and 75 weeks respectively.

Lead times for standard passive technologies have been reduced, but there are extended lead times for electrolytic, hybrid capacitors, and special-purpose resistors. Automotive product lead times remain extended with no immediate signs of improvement. Raw material prices are having a major impact on the pricing of the market. It is predicted that demand for passive components will rise significantly, which, coupled with the large number of components needed per board, may eventually lead to factory capacity issues.

In the Microcontrollers, microprocessors, and FPGA categories, the average lead time for these components is 22-26 weeks, reports EW.

Due to inflation, increased prices, and reduced disposable incomes, the cost of producing Analogue and Memory components is still quite high. As it would require significant investments to improve capacity, price reductions are unlikely to occur.

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