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Bloomberg: Supply constraints are driving inflation

Prices are rising all over the world at a pace that hasn’t been seen in decades, and central banks have responded by lifting rates, writes Bloomberg. And according to a Federal Bank analysis, supply factors account for more than half of the current level of inflation,...

Counterfeit components thrive in time of shortened obsolescence

An article in EPS News claims that counterfeiters are trying to cash in on demand for older parts which are going through EOL (end of life) notifications. According to the article, the problem is getting worse by the trend for shorter periods between the announcement...

Hyundai to manufacture their own automotive chips

"Take back control!" A message often used by politicians is now being heeded by Hyundai, who recently announced they will be manufacturing their own chips to secure the own supply chain as it moves into the electric vehicle industry. EVs require an estimated 500 to...

Chip lead times begin to slow, suggesting shortages have peaked

Nov 1, 2021

Delivery times for chips in October posted their smallest gain in about nine months, write IndiaTimes, signalling that the shortages that have punished a broad swath of industries may finally be easing. 

The lead times between order and delivery increased by one day to about 21.9 weeks last month compared with September, according to research by Susquehanna Financial Group. That lag, while the longest wait time since the firm began tracking the data in 2017, contracted significantly for some types of semiconductors.

Power management and optoelectronic chips were easier to come by in October, while the wait for microcontrollers – particularly those used by automakers – lengthened by as much as six weeks, according to the research.

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