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LEAD TIME UPDATE: MARCH 2018

There has been little in the way of change in the relation to the availability and lead times of semiconductors since our previous update last month.

The majority of market sectors have stabilised, providing buyers of electronic components with some degree of confidence as we head towards the end of the financial year here in the United Kingdom.

However, our information continues to indicate that some areas remain beset by lead time issues, most noticeably in regards to discrete, DSP and MCU products. This is something that will need to be accounted for when planning long-term purchasing strategies and we would recommend everybody to work with independent distributors to ensure delivery schedules are met.

For a full breakdown, read our complete market report below

In short

  • Texas Instruments reduces lead times for analog parts to sixteen weeks
  • The overall supply situation for discrete products continues to be tight
  • Lead times for IGBT devices are at thirty-eight weeks and above
  • Reports suggest NXP could raise prices in Q2 2018.

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Analog

Texas Instruments has recently halved lead times for many of its analog lines. Interface, Op Amps (Commodities) and Voltage Regulator parts are now being quoted out at twelve weeks from franchise distributors, down from twenty-four towards the start of the year. That reduction means that Texas Instruments average lead time now stands at thirteen weeks.

Commodity prices remain on an elevated level, with sources reporting notably high prices for popular STMicroelectronics and Fairchild/ON Semiconductor lines.

Discretes

Overall market availability for discrete product group remains tight. Last month we noticed that lead times had exponentially increased as a reaction to extremely strong demand across the sector and there has been no change in that regard in the past four weeks.

The majority of lead times for Infineon, STMicroelectronics and Fairchild/ON Semiconductor products are at thirty-eight weeks and above, with some lines even being quoted out at fifty-two weeks. Supply is especially restricted for IGBT lines.

Memory

Numerous memory product manufacturers have announced plans to increase their production capacities in the coming years, a move which should reverse the steep price rises that the market has seen in the past twelve months or so. However, in the short term, long-standing issues remain and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Overall availability is constrained, with lead times particularly high for EEPROM products.

All Micron products remain on allocation, along with Toshiba’s NAND Flash modules.

Opto

Lead times for LEDs and other optical devices have stabilised, with the market average continuing to be fourteen weeks.

DSPs & Microcontrollers

As has been the case for a while now, lead times for digital signal processors (DSPs) and microcontrollers (MCUs) are at extremely high levels.

Authorised distributors are still asking their customers to provide long-term demand purchasing plans in a bid to secure stock of these long lead time parts. Because of this, we are continuing to advise purchasing departments to work with independent distributors if they wish to bypass franchise lead times of twenty-six weeks and above.

Programmable Logic

Once again, there has been no reported movement when it comes to the availability or lead times of programmable logic parts. Three of the main manufacturers in this sector, Microchip, Texas Instruments and Xilinx, have all managed to keep lead times static for a number of months now, providing buyers with a fair amount of confidence when planning their purchasing strategies.

Though it is worth noting that Microchip’s lead times for its programmable logic parts are at a sector high of twenty-four weeks.

Analysts expect the current situation to remain throughout the rest of Q1 2018 and well into Q2 2018.

Standard Logic

According to our information, Texas Instruments has reduced the lead times for its standard logic products to sixteen weeks, a decrease of four weeks when compared to our last report in February.


As an independent stocking distributor, Cyclops Electronics can help purchasers of electronic components avoid lead time and allocation issues. With 189,756 stocked lines and access to available stock around the world, we can help you secure the parts you need when you need them.

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