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28 July 2021

What Shortage? How Electronic Component Distributors Make Supply Meet Demand

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When buyers can’t find electronic components, they turn to distributors like us who can source scarce and obsolete parts.

Our experience has been tested to new extremes over the last several months due to the semiconductor and wider electronic components shortage. This shortage was years in the making but has been amplified by COVID-19.

It says everything about the state of the electronic components supply chain when Samsung, who make their own chips, don’t have enough chips. Shortages have affected brands like Samsung, Apple, Volkswagen and Nintendo not just in terms of supply, but also prices, which have skyrocketed in 12 months.

When the chips are down, prices go up.

Distributors are busier than ever

Cyclops Electronics, as well other distributors, have become more essential than ever in supply chains since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

It’s no exaggeration to say distributors like us are keeping many businesses going. We keep production lines going by sourcing scarce parts from around the world - parts that would be impossible to source without excellent connections.

We are seeing desperation from companies that have never experienced supply chain problems. We’re talking about global companies listed publicly.

The situation is so bad for some components that some companies are paying a 100% premium just to secure them. Supply and demand is driving fierce competition and bidding wars are not uncommon.

If these revelations shock you, consider this - the electronics components shortage isn’t expected to abate until late 2021 at least. By then, there should be more order to the chaos, but some industry experts expect it to persist longer.

For example, IBM has said the chip shortage could last 2 years.

A 2 year extension would extend the chip shortage to 2023 at least. This is likely to be the case for other components too, including memory, integrated circuits and display drivers. A huge number of companies will be affected.

Playing a crucial role in the supply chain

Distributors like us are able to source hard-to-procure components because we have rapport with the best suppliers in the industry. In other words, we have immense buying power, and we put this to use for our customers.

Another way we are playing a crucial role in the electronics components supply chain is the reduction of counterfeit components.

Counterfeiters are taking advantage of weakened supply chains, lapse quality control processes and inadequate reporting to flood the market with illegal components. This has affected thousands of buyers and will affect many more.

Our role in this is to deploy anti-counterfeiting technologies including a SENTRY machine, die testing and decapsulation testing to test the components we procure. This ensures the components we supply are genuine parts.

We provide industry-leading chip testing to catch counterfeit parts. We have ISO 9001:2015 certification and ESD qualified staff.

If you need to buy parts and the only way to get them is with a distributor, don’t rush in - make sure your distributor is as equally qualified as us first. If you need help, feel free to call us on 01904 415 415 for a chat with our experts.

Tags: electronic components distributors obsolete parts semiconductor components shortage covid-19 supply chain production supply and demand anti-counterfeiting iso esd qualified


07 July 2021

The Global Chip Shortage Has Created a New Problem: Counterfeits

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The global chip shortage is officially wreaking havoc.

The world's biggest carmakers, including Toyota and Volkswagen, have had to slow down vehicle production, and Samsung - who make their own chips - has had to delay the launch of several smartphones due to be released in 2021.

These are but a few examples of thousands of cases where the global chip shortage is wreaking havoc with manufacturers.

But that’s not all - the global chip shortage is creating a new problem: counterfeit components.

The issue is simple: chip manufacturers can’t make enough chips which has given counterfeiters a golden opportunity to plug the gap.

A counterfeit part is an unauthorised copy, imitation, substitute, or modification of an original component.

Counterfeit components are illegal and should not be used under any circumstances, but counterfeiters don’t care. They defraud you and hope you don’t notice. And if you do, there is virtually no chance of getting your money back. 

With no accountability, counterfeiters are having a field day.

A sophisticated criminal enterprise

The counterfeit electronic components industry is a multi-million pound industry. It has become sophisticated and impossible to shut down.

Criminals are taking advantage of weakened supply chains, inadequate quality control processes and inadequate reporting to flood the market with illegal components. They are praying on weaknesses and desperation to profit.

Counterfeit chips can look like the real thing, but worse still is they can also perform similarly during basic benchmarks and tests. This allows the most sophisticated components to penetrate manufacturing lines.

The risks of using counterfeit components include:

  • Financial loss
  • Reputational damage
  • Loss of customers
  • Refunds and regulatory fines
  • Bribery from criminals
  • Poor and dangerous product performance

How we can help you avoid counterfeits

We provide industry-leading chip testing to catch counterfeit goods. We have ISO 9001:2015 certification and ESD qualified staff. We have several anti-counterfeiting technologies available including a SENTRY machine, die testing and decapsulation testing.

We specialise in the procurement and delivery of electronic components for a wide variety of industries from the world's leading manufacturers.

If you work with us as your electronic components distributor, you can avoid the issue of counterfeit chips and components for good. We have standard anti-counterfeiting policies and all the components we supply have a guarantee.

If you are still exploring your options, here’s some general advice:

  • If it is too good to be true, it probably is
  • Make sure any guarantee is worth the paper it is printed on
  • Look for ISO 9001:2015 certification
  • Demand testing prior to all deliveries
  • Only work with suppliers who have an anti-counterfeiting policy
  • Beware of spoof companies that pretend to be someone they are not
  • Consider staff training to identify when something isn’t right with suppliers

If you are concerned about counterfeit components in your supply chain we are happy to provide advice. Call us on 01904 415 415 for a chat with our experts. The chip shortage does not have to affect your supply chain with our help.  

Tags: global chip shortage chip manufacturer iso 9001:2015 certification sentry machine die testing and decapsulation testing


09 July 2015

A different kind of woodchip

University of Madison-Wisconsin have published a paper proposing the use of wood to create semiconductors.

 

 

 

A cellulose nanofibril (CNF) computer chip rests on a leaf.
Credit: Yei Hwan Jung, Wisconsin Nano Engineering Device Laboratory
 

 

We all want to have the latest technology and must have new products and upgrades are released constantly. Most electronic products whether they be phones, laptops, tablets or even shavers and washing machines are made from non-renewable and non-biodegradable materials. The rate at which we consume new products is ever growing and clearly isn’t good for the environment in the long run.

A solution may come from a surprising place - trees, specifically a material called cellulose nanofibril (CNF) which is made from wood. Wood, when scaled to microfibers, is used to make paper, but if scaled to nano size, CNF becomes very strong and transparent – ideal for creating semiconductors with. The Wisconsin team have been developing sustainable nanomaterials for the past 6 years, but there have been numerous challenges when trying to create electronics from wood. The biggest issues are creating surface smoothness and stopping thermal expansion.

Luckily both these problems were fixed using just one product - the team coated the chips with an epoxy coating which is water resistant, acid resistant and solvent resistant. This creates a smooth surface on all sides of the chip and creates a moisture barrier to alleviate any expansion which may occur. Most impressive is the fact that these chips would be fully biodegradable – they can be put back in the forest and will decompose naturally.

Yei Hwan Jung, a graduate student in electrical and computer engineering and a co-author of the paper has worked extensively with the CNF chips:

"I've made 1,500 gallium arsenide transistors in a 5-by-6 millimeter chip. Typically for a microwave chip that size, there are only eight to 40 transistors. The rest of the area is just wasted," he says. "We take our design and put it on CNF using deterministic assembly technique, then we can put it wherever we want and make a completely functional circuit with performance comparable to existing chips.”

If these wooden chips become commonplace we can continue our reliance on technology and gadgets and look after the planet too. What a great combination! As long as the performance can be matched and the prices kept low, CNF fibres could realistically be used to create semiconductors in the very near future.

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Source: Science Daily

Tags: semiconductors wood chips university of madison-wisconsin


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