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Blockchain to Solve the Challenge of Counterfeit Components

Blockchain to Solve the Challenge of Counterfeit Components
Counterfeit electronic components on the grey market are a significant issue for OEMs and contract (EMS) manufacturers. Suppliers such as Component Sense go to great lengths to ensure they always buy genuine traceable excess component stock from major OEM/EMS manufacturers - but not everyone in the component supply industry is as thorough. This creates significant distrust in the supply chain, and causes many OEM/EMS manufacturers to focus on franchise distributors. While this certainly solves the counterfeit problem, it leads to higher costs and increases the amount of e-waste because genuine excess stock can’t be sold and so it gets scrapped....

Global Sales of Automotive Electronic Control Units Expected to Soar until 2026 with CAGR of 6.5%

Global Sales of Automotive Electronic Control Units Expected to Soar until 2026 with CAGR of 6.5%
With growing demand for safer, cleaner and smarter vehicles, electronic control units (ECUs) are playing an increasingly vital role in the automotive industry. Consequently, it is projected that global ECU sales will reach $211B in 2030, increasing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5% from $122B in 2018. This rapid acceleration follows a strong performance in 2018, with revenue increasing 6.9% from $114B in 2017. Although their function is largely hidden from motorists, ECUs are vital in keeping vehicles on the road, and managing automotive subsystems including the engine, power-steering and transmission. Increased ECU usage mirrors the the...

High-Brightness LEDs – A Strong Growth Area

High-Brightness LEDs – A Strong Growth Area
One part of the electronics market that seems to be defying recent reports of a slowdown is the high-brightness LED market. Analysts at Technavio forecast that it will grow more than 7% by 2021. A key driver is the far lower energy requirements of LED lighting; it typically consumes 75% less energy than an incandescent bulb, and energy-efficiency certification programs are helping to promote this. Such energy savings save money and help organisation to reduce their carbon footprint. Another factor which is promoting the growth is reduction in manufacturing costs, bringing prices down. Key vendors are: Cree, GE Lighting, LG...

Are US/China Tariffs Impacting Electronics Manufacturing?

Are US/China Tariffs Impacting Electronics Manufacturing?
The background to the tariff war between the US and China is complex. Since July 2018 a series of tariffs have been levied by the US on a wide range of Chinese goods, and China has retaliated with its own tariffs. The tariffs were initiated by the Trump administration for political and economic reasons (such as opening parts of the Chinese market to American companies), but one key factor behind them was the concern about intellectual property (IP) theft in China. In general, the technology industry in the US supports IP protection and fair trade, though several trade bodies (such...

Semiconductor Intelligence forecasts a 10% fall in the Semi market in 2019

2018 ended with a poor quarter for semiconductor sales, 8.2% down on Q3 sales. The outlook for Q1 2019 looks even worse, with most major semiconductor companies expecting declines greater than 10%. Key factors driving the decline are weak end user demand for electronics devices, allied with inventory adjustments at manufacturers as they reposition production to cope with the lower demand. Part of the underlying reason for this decline is a slowdown in world GDP and major economy growth. The IMF expect world GDP growth to slow from 3.7% in 2018 to 3.5% in 2019; the impact of the major...

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