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18 September 2017

Electronic Component Lead Time News (September 2017)

Lead times have generally remained constant since our last update, back in July, before the summer shutdowns. There are, of course, some anomalies, with the availability of some analog and discrete product groups diminishing over the past six weeks.

Once again, the DSP and Microcontroller sector is plagued with long lead times and low availability, though these issues have started to stabilise after months of volatility. However, supply constraints remain and we would advise purchasing departments to plan in advance or look elsewhere to secure supply.

In short

  • Sharp rise in lead times for ST Micro discrete product lines (IGBT, Power MOSFETs etc.)
  • Texas Instruments double lead times for certain analog parts.
  • The availability of memory products remains limited through franchise sources. This situation is unlikely to improve before the year-end.
  • The market for standard logic product groups has eased marginally.

Analog

The market situation for analog product families has, by and large, remained stable.

However, there has been one big exception: Texas Instruments has doubled its lead times for Interface and Voltage Regulator lines, with buyers of those products now facing a twelve-to-twenty-four week wait through franchise distribution channels.

This follows similar moves from ON Semiconductor and ST Micro at the start of summer. With lead times now maxing out at twenty-six weeks in this sector, the market situation, whilst stable, remains problematic for buyers.

Discretes

For many discrete devices, the delivery situation remains fairly restricted.

This will do little to help buyers who have had to contend with a tight market for most of the calendar year, though this situation is expected to improve as we head towards Q4 2017.

In the short-term though, buyers will have to contend with extending lead times across multiple product groups as four major manufacturers have increased their lead times in the past six weeks.

Those manufacturers are Fairchild (up to twenty-four weeks), Nexperia (twenty-six), ST Micro (thirty-eight) and Toshiba (twenty).

Power MOSFET products are the most affected by this move and regular purchases of these parts can now expect waits of up to thirty-five weeks, up from twenty-eight at our last update.

Again, we would advise you to check with independent distributors to secure immediate stock of discrete products.

Memory

The memory market remains incredibly volatile and shows no sign of calming down in the immediate future. Lead times appear to be stable, those all of Toshiba’s NAND flash and Micron’s DDR3 products continue to available on an allocation-only basis.

Recommended reading: Tight supply for memory products to remain through 2017

Optical

There has been no change since our last update in July. Lead times have remained static and the majority of Osram LEDs are on allocation.

DSP & Microcontrollers

Lead times and the general availability of DSPs and microcontrollers from franchise distribution have stabilised, though lead times remain extremely high for most product groups.

Once again, ST Micro remains an exception in this sector. After the Swiss-based manufacturer bumped up their lead times to a maximum of twenty-six weeks at the start of the summer, they have since reduced them to fourteen weeks.

Logic

There has been a reduction across the board for lead times, with Fairchild, Nexperia and Texas Instrumentals all bringing down their waiting period since our last check. Fairchild and Nexperia have cut their lead times by four weeks, with Texas Instruments cutting theirs by a fortnight.

Only ON Semiconductor’s lead times have remained static, with their standard logic product groups coming in at sixteen weeks.

Programmable Logic

Purchasers of Microchip-manufactured programmable logic parts will be relieved to hear that lead times have dramatically decreased, dropping down from twenty-four weeks to a more manageable eight.

However, while Microchip has been able to slash its lead times, Texas Instruments has doubled its lead times to a maximum of twenty-four weeks.


15 September 2017

Donald Trump Blocks Lattice Semiconductor Deal

Based in Portland, Oregon, Lattice Semiconductors is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-performance logic devices, wireless radio chips and video chips.

And late last year, the company announced plans to sell to Canyon Bridge, a fund backed by a Chinese venture capital group, in a deal worth around $1.3bn.

However, the White House has blocked the takeover.

In an official statement released on Wednesday, the Trump administration said that it would not allow Canyon Bridge Capital to purchase the Lattice, citing both national security fears and the integrity of the semiconductor industry as motivating factors for their decision.

The national-security risk posed by the transaction relates to, among other things, the potential transfer of intellectual property to the foreign acquirer, the Chinese government's role in supporting this transaction, the importance of semiconductor supply chain integrity to the United States Government, and the use of Lattice products by the United States Government," the White House’s statement read.

China is looking to increase its global reach in a bid to support and improve the country’s economic growth. The semiconductor industry has been a key part of this program and Chinese investment firms have made steps to acquire overseas chip firms and enter partnerships with western tech giants.

Darin G. Billerbeck, CEO of Lattice Semiconductor, commented on the decision, saying: “While it is disappointing that we were not able to prevail, the Board and I would like to thank Canyon Bridge for their support during this time.”

By blocking the takeover, many business analysts have noted that President Trump is taking direct aim at China’s industrial policy.


01 September 2017

Talks continue as Toshiba misses sale deadline

Toshiba may not be able to sign off a $17.5 billion deal to sell its prized memory chip business by a self-imposed deadline of the beginning of September, news sources claim.

The Japanese conglomerate said in a statement that talks will continue.

“Toshiba intends to continue negotiations with possible bidders to reach a definitive agreement which meets Toshiba’s objectives at the earliest possible date,” it said.

However, because of no deal being agreed ahead of the 31st August, city analysts believe that Toshiba will be forced to post a capital deficit for the second straight year. Such a result would see the company be delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

If that were to happen, Toshiba’s main creditors could pull funding and financial support as current deals are contingent to the company’s continued listing.

Toshiba has been trying to sell the business for months in a bid to secure its financial viability moving forwards and cover the impact of over $6 billion of liabilities the company holds due to the collapse of its U.S. nuclear unit, Westinghouse.

Sources close to the deal told Reuters that discussions with Western Digital were in the final stages, but the two parties could not agree on the U.S. company’s future stake in the business.

Because of this, rival bidders are making last-minute attempts to hijack the deal.

Reuters has reported that Bain Capital has partnered with tech giant Apple to resubmit a bid, worth $18 billion – half a billion more than what Western Digital was offering. At the same time, Foxconn (formerly known as Hon Hai Precision Industry) has teamed up with SoftBank and Google to present a bid of its own.

But despite the Bain Capital offer being more lucrative than the others, Toshiba is believed to prefer working towards an agreement with Western Digital’s group, as existing legal challenges make it difficult to explore any other advances.

The longer that this carries on, the further that Toshiba and Western Digital, the second and third biggest producers of NAND flash memory, will fall behind the industry leaders, Samsung.

Thanks to inflated market pricing, Samsung has recently overtaken Intel to become the world’s biggest manufacturer of semiconductors and they are pouring billions of dollars into production and R&D to maintain their market position.

“Samsung has been buying up advanced production equipment for next generation three-dimensional NAND chips,” Satoru Oyama, a senior research analyst at IHS said.

According to our latest lead time information, Toshiba’s memory products remain on allocation due to a mixture of demand and capacity issues.

Elsewhere, Fujitsu and Cypress products come with a lead time of up to twenty weeks, while certain Micron DDR2 and DDR3 lines have also been placed on allocation.

Cyclops Electronics can help you overcome lead time issues, be they associated with memory modules, microprocessors or analog product groups. With 177,252 lines in stock, all ready for next-day shipping, speak to a member of our team today.


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