Component Shortages Continue to Abound

Record breaking component shortages continue on a variety of fronts, which have distributors and OEMs asking if they’ll ever end, according to a recent report from independent distributor Fusion Worldwide. At the same time, there’s some good pricing news for solid state devices (SSD) and DRAM.

Connectors and relays continue to be in worsening short supply.  For connectors, some lead times are at nearly two years or more, the report said. “Because of international pressure for non-conflict raw materials, there is a domino effect happening – manufacturing costs are increasing now which will lead to higher retail prices,” it added.  Security relay lead times,  meanwhile, are stretching to the 100+ week level as well.

A lack of production capacity and wafer shortages are encouraging MOSFET manufacturers to focus on the production of high voltage, high value parts that yield higher margins. “At the same time, growing market segments such as renewable energy resources, automotive and consumer products have ever-increasing needs for low power, high efficiency MOSFETs,” the report explained. “The result has been an imbalance of supply.”

Also, lead times for 5G-related inductors, such as the MB, LB, CB and BR series, are on the rise. As suppliers scrambling to fulfill rising demand for current customers, new products and customers may have trouble finding needed stock. 

Meanwhile, purchasers are finding more multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) stock on distribution shelves. Shortages of large case size MLCCs are on the horizon late this year, the report predicted. 

On the finished goods side, Samsung SSD pricing has decreased 10 to 15 percent this quarter, and other vendors, including Intel and Micron, have followed suit, Fusion said. DRAM is a mixed bag: “Except for LPDDR, DRAM manufacturers are restricting on-hand supply and decreasing prices while waiting for 5G production to grow. DRAM demand is unstable as customers are purchasing components when needed to avoid excess inventory.”

The infographic below outlines some of the biggest shifts. Take a look and let us know how this compares to your experience in the comments section below.

— Hailey Lynne McKeefry, Editor in Chief, EBN Circle me on Google+ Follow me on Twitter Visit my LinkedIn page Friend me on Facebook

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