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Detecting counterfeit electronics & materials – event announced

The Anti-Counterfeiting Forum will be co-hosting the Counterfeit Electronics and Materials Symposium at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry, UK, on 14-15 March 2023 alongside the U.S. electronics bodies, SMTA and CALCE. The event will focus on current...

Industrial sensor sales remain strong

Sales of semiconductor sensors are expected to continue to achieve double-digit YOY growth, driven by the popularity of smart embedded controls and rising sales prices due to semiconductor shortages, reports IC Insights. Tight supplies and shortages of sensors for...

Designers are adapting to the chip shortage

As OEMs continue to struggle to secure essential components, engineering teams are being asked to consider component sourcing when developing the next generation of their products, reports EPS News. A recent survey found a majority – 74 percent – of global companies...

IC market expected to rebound – IC Insights

The IC market is expected to rebound in 2Q23 after a short bottoming out, reports IC Insights. "Given that the IC industry has never registered a four-quarter sequential IC market decline, expectations are high for a return to IC market growth beginning in 2Q23....

Chip shortage not about to end for automotive industry

Aug 10, 2022
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The chip crisis is not going away in the next few months, according to a report in Automotive World which states that “Automakers and chipmakers must work together to address the imbalance in demand.”

Ondrej Burkacky writes, “Even with fabs operating flat out, chipmakers have not been able to meet demand, and this situation looks likely to last well into 2023. Boosting production is the obvious answer—but not a simple one. The semiconductor industry has increased its production capacity by nearly 180% since 2000; even so, capacity is nearly exhausted. Building new plants takes many years and many billions in investment.”

“For long-term resilience, companies should create strong technology maps that define their semiconductor needs”

“Automakers need no reminding of this. Chip shortages have forced more than a few to halt production, as Toyota recently announced. Others have  cut back on options. Overall, there were 1.7 million fewer vehicles built in 2021 than in 2019. A few carmakers were able to safeguard profits with manufacturing and sales strategies designed to optimise margins. But that raises problems, too, such as a shortage of lower-margin vehicles and more fluctuations in chip demand..”

He concludes, “For long-term resilience, companies should create strong technology maps that define their semiconductor needs. These improve transparency with suppliers, allowing the companies to determine product development more strategically. Developing a clear-eyed view of supply uncertainties and their dependency on selected components makes for better, more informed decision-making.”

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