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10.16.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Global Electronic Equipment Production by Country, Type & Year; 2014 Semiconductor Forecast; Semiconductor Materials Market; Silicon Wafer Shipment Forecast; China Semiconductor Consumption and Local Production; More...

10.09.2014 // Murray Slovick in: New Technology

Perhaps the only blemish in the otherwise remarkable and continuing rise of the semiconductor industry—worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $28.4 billion for the month of August 2014, an uptick of More...

10.08.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

September Leading Indicators Soften; August U.S. Electronic Equipment Demand Improves; World Semiconductor Shipments up 9.4% in August; Wearable Computer Device Forecast by Type; Industrial Robot Forecast More...

10.02.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

"Flash" PMI Leading Indicators for September; U.S. August “Durable Goods” Results; S Korean Slowdown Lowers Global 2014 PCB Growth Forecast; N. American August PCB Results; Strong Domestic Robotics Demand; More...

09.24.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

09.24.2014 // Michael Knight in: Supply Chain

In simple terms, deflation is a decrease in the general price level of goods and services, a trend that increases the real value of money over time. In contrast, inflation is a sustained increase in general More...

09.22.2014 // Jim Carbone in: Industry Conditions

The global market for discrete semiconductors will grow 3-4 percent per year through 2016 although there will be price erosion, according to chipmakers.

Ron Clifford, senior director regional More...

09.16.2014 // Murray Slovick in: Passives

It is well known that supercapacitors can send out their entire charge almost instantaneously and are capable of millions of charge/discharge cycles without degradation. More...

09.10.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

July U.S. Electronics Demand Improves Slightly; August Leading Indicators Point to Continued Modest Global Growth; Personal Computer Forecast by Product Type; Robot Investment Forecast by Region; 2Q’14 More...

09.03.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

July Semiconductor Shipments up 9.9% Globally; U.S. and Japan Updates; Weak July N. American PCB Demand; World PCB Shipments to Grow 3% in 2014; Revised Media Tablet Forecast; Personal Computer Outlook More...

08.27.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Detailed Sector Growth Charts; Mixed August PMI Leading Indicator Results; 2Q’14 European Electronic Component Shipments by Country; Second Quarter DRAM Sales by Vendor; Strong 2Q’14 Silicon Wafer Shipments; More...

08.21.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Taiwan/China July Data; Global Economic and Electronic Equipment Forecast by Region by Year; Europe Update More...

08.19.2014 // Murray Slovick in: Passives

In his comedy routine "Let's Get Small" Steve Martin discusses getting small while driving. He pretends he is driving a car while being so short as to barely reach the bottom of the steering wheel. More...

08.13.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Business Outlook for Electronics Supply Chain; Updated 2Q’14 Electronics Sector Growth Rates; Top 25 PCB Companies in 2013; June Domestic Electronics Update; Weak July for Foxconn Hon Hai More...

08.06.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

2Q’14 Growth by Electronics Sector; Custer Business Outlook Webinar Thurs August 7; June Semiconductor Shipments up 10.8%; July Global Leading Indicators; July U.S. Purchasing Managers Index at 57.1, N More...

07.30.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

June U.S. Electronic Equipment Orders Soften; July “Flash” PMI Leading Indicators – China Accelerates; Dieter Bergman’s Passing; N America SEMI Equipment Orders Remain Strong; Media Tablet 2Q’14 Shipments; More...

07.24.2014 // Kevin Sink in: Industry Conditions

On May 6, 2014, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) published final DFARS (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations System) rules1 to eliminate counterfeit parts from the supply chain by shifting the burden More...

07.23.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Europe Update; U.S. Industrial Production Increases; Global Business Confidence Weakens; Global ASIC Market; PC DRAM Module Market; EDA Sales More...

07.10.2014 // Murray Slovick in: Passives

It’s been two and a half years since the Federal Anti-Counterfeiting Amendment Act was signed into law and nearly that long since I covered the subject on these pages. So the topic is ripe for re-examination. More...

07.08.2014 // Barbara Jorgensen in: Supply Chain

A long-standing challenge in the electronics supply chain is the management of so-called ‘excess’ inventory. When an OEM or EMS provider orders too much product, it is often sold in the open market to More...

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