Electronic Component Lead Time Update – November 2017

We have noticed that many manufacturers’ maximum lead times have expanded since our last update.

A prime example of this would be STMicroelectronics (ST), Europe’s biggest semiconductor firm and a major manufacturer of analog, discrete, memory and microcontroller parts. ST has increased their longest lead time to forty-two weeks, a four-week rise compared to our previous data.

NXP has also been plagued with lead time issues. Some lines being quoted alongside a thirty-nine-week wait, a substantial rise of fifteen weeks.

Looking at individual product sectors, there has been a lot of fluctuation in the discrete market and the availability of standard logic parts remains tight. Meanwhile, due to extremely high demand, franchise distributors are now insisting that customers provide a long-term purchasing plan in order to secure and receive stock of certain MCU and DSP lines.


The market situation for analog parts remains tough, with some lead times in excess of twenty weeks. However, there has been little change since the end of summer.


The delivery situation still remains extremely tight, with ST and Toshiba both posting lead time rises in recent weeks. Toshiba’s increase is noteworthy as the Japanese manufacturer has nearly doubled the average waiting period for its Power MOSFETs from twenty-four weeks to forty.

There is some good news for purchasers, however, as both ON Semiconductor has reduced its maximum lead times for discrete devices to twenty-nine weeks, down from last month’s high of thirty-five.


The overall availability of DDR3 devices remains constrained, with Micron’s most popular lines still on allocation. Toshiba’s NAND flash components are also on allocation and will likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.

Elsewhere, there is overall stable pricing and solid availability.


Toshiba has upped the lead times for its Coupler devices to a maximum of forty-four weeks, a substantial twenty-week increase when compared to our previous report.

The Japanese manufacturer’s decision is at odds with the rest of the sector, as general availability and lead times have remained stable.

DSP & Microcontrollers

Microcontroller lead times are still increasing, albeit at a gradual rate. The sole exception to this trend is NXP, with the Dutch semiconductor firm taking steps to increase the lead times for its 32-Bit devices to thirty-nine weeks.

Many franchise channels are requiring long-term demand information from OEMs and CEMs in order to secure stock for pre-determined delivery dates. We would advise anybody who will be purchasing DSP & Microcontrollers in the near future – or have an immediate shortage issue – to explore alternative procurement avenues, such as independent distributors.

Programmable Logic

Lead times have remained static since our last update.


Due to tight market conditions, both Nexperia and ON Semiconductor have increased their lead times by six weeks. There is no sign of an immediate improvement in the coming months, so we would recommend that you plan accordingly.

Don’t forget to download our latest lead time table

Lantek Corporation Raises Money to Aid Hurricane Relief Efforts

Hurricane Irma was the strongest hurricane recorded in the Atlantic for twelve years. The Category 5 hurricane caused widespread damage throughout its unusually long lifespan, particularly in parts of the northeast Caribbean and the U.S. state of Florida.

Irma was the most intense hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Hurricane Katrina, twelve years ago. At the time of writing, it had claimed the lives of ninety people based on the U.S. mainland, and countless others across the Caribbean islands.

To compound matters, just two weeks after Hurricane Irma caused life-changing devastation, many of the affected areas were struck by Hurricane Maria. This severely impacted ongoing rescue and relief efforts in the region and directly contributed to a major humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico.

Throughout the October, Lantek Corporation will be raising funds for the International Medical Corps – and we’d love your help.

We have already set aside a donation and for every order that you, our valued-customers, place with us, we will add to that fund. We have already donated nearly $900 and by the end of the month, we are hoping to exceed well beyond the $1,000 mark! All of this money will go directly to those working on the ground.

All that we ask is that you send us your urgent requirements. Whether it be for some stock of electronic components that have been placed on allocation or your regular, day-to-day purchases, we’ll work hard to provide you with the best price possible and increase our charity total.

So far, we have been blown away by the positive reaction to this news. The customers that we have spoken to have been really encouraged by our response and are proud that we are taking steps to help those impacted by the recent spate of hurricanes.

To send Lantek Corporation your electronic component requirements directly, use our one-click RFQ platform. Or alternatively, you can email the office directly: frank@lantekcorp.com

If you would like to donate directly, you can do so HERE.

If you do donate directly, please let us know. And if you have organised a sponsored silence, charitable cake and coffee morning or a fancy-dress day, we’d love to hear about it. Not to have a peek at some of the pictures!

Established in 1984, the International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian charity that provides disaster relief and delivers health care to those in need. Over the years, the group has helped tens of millions of people in over seventy-five countries, delivering vital support and training valued at more than $2.5bn.

*last updated 17th October

Electronic Component Lead Time Update – September 2017

The first half of the year was dominated by the idea that a sustained period of allocation was just around the corner. Those fears are yet to be born into reality, though the entire electronics industry has witnessed lead times increase and the general availability of parts decrease.

From May onwards, the demand from high-growth sectors such as industrial, automotive and automation, has surpassed all predictions. This, coupled with instability in the memory sector due to Toshiba’s ongoing woes, has seen demand outstrip supply.

The result of this has been expanding lead times and some price increases.

Download our latest electronic component manufacturers lead time table


Texas Instruments has taken steps to double its lead times for both Interface and Voltage Regulator product groups. Buyers can now expect a twenty-four-week wait through franchise channels, up from twelve weeks recorded at the start of summer.


Supply of discrete products remains restricted, with four major manufacturers – Fairchild, Nexperia, ST Micro and Toshiba – increasing their lead times in recent weeks.


Bain Capital’s purchase of Toshiba Memory should install some market stability, but that is unlikely to be seen until the turn of the year at the latest.


According to our information, there has been no change in the availability of optical product groups over the summer.

DSP & Microcontrollers

Lead times are generally high, though they have stabilised after months of incremental increases. There has been an exception in the area, however, ST Micro has slashed lead times from twenty-six weeks for certain product groups down to fourteen.


There has been a widespread reduction of lead times, with Fairchild, Nexperia and Texas Instruments all bringing their average down over the summer.

Programmable Logic

Microchip product groups now come with a manageable eight-week wait, down from twenty-four weeks. However, Texas Instruments has moved in the other direction, doubling its lead time.

Make use of Lantek to avoid lead time complications

Semiconductor manufacturers tend to prioritise Tier One OEMs first and then franchise distributors second when it comes to allocating available stock. Franchise sources follow the same principle, ringfencing stock for their biggest customers and leaving everybody squabbling over any remaining quantities.

As a result, we would advise businesses to expand their existing supply chains to avoid unfavourable price rises, shortages and the long wait to secure necessary levels of stock.

Lantek Corporation has a specialist procurement team that can act quickly to lock down large quantities of electronic components – no matter where they are located.

With the aid of our purchasing team, stringent quality procedures and a trusted network of suppliers, Lantek can help OEMs and CEMs alike avoid problems associated with long lead times.


The threat of obsolescence. How can Lantek help?

According to IHS Markit, component vendors issue, on average, twenty-eight product change notifications (PCN) and twenty-two end-of-line (EOL) announcements every day. For product designers, manufacturers and purchasers, this is problematic. Each individual assembly may require parts from multiple suppliers and will likely contain semiconductors that are at different stages of their lifecycle.

Due to the rapid rate of development within the electronics industry and a recent spate of high-profile mergers and acquisitions, the lifecycle of electronic components will only decrease. As product lines undergo periods of rationalisation and new trends and technologies emerge, allowing for the possibility of faster and more efficient chips, the likelihood is that obsolescence will become an unavoidable issue for manufacturers.

If a crucial component has ceased to be produced, then that could force a manufacturer to redesign an entire board or product at great expense. Alternatively, if the stock of that obsolete component can be found, then it often comes with a huge markup in price. A further (and an especially worrying) complication is that over two-thirds of counterfeit reports are linked to parts that have been either discontinued or have entered their end-of-life phase.

Unfortunately, there is no single silver bullet that can solve these issues. Instead, OEMs and CEMs need to adopt a number of strategies to guard themselves against obsolescence. Both proactive and reactive approaches will be required to minimise production delays and keep costs to a minimum, as will having a stable and secure group of preferred suppliers.

Any business relationships is as strong as the last transaction and the electronics industry is no different. Given the fears surrounding counterfeit electronic components, OEMs and CEMs are, rightly, prudent when it comes to selecting their preferred suppliers.

However, when it comes to sourcing quantities of obsolete components, many end users without a wide-ranging portfolio of both franchised and independent vendors can often find themselves swimming against the raging tide of the open market. And when searching for a quantity of obsolete stock, buyers can easily stumble and inadvertently go to dubious grey market sources – and this is where problems begin.

To counteract this, it is important to have a varied portfolio of both franchised and independent vendors. Within that, there should be a company that specialises in securing stock of obsolete and end-of-life electronic components. At times when the parts that you rely on begin to get phased out, your varied and strategic base of suppliers will come into its own, ensuring your supply chain remains strong whilst simultaneously shielding you against inflated production costs.

With intricate knowledge of the global markets, these companies focus on locating obsolete and hard-to-find stock are able to search through millions of lines to track down the required components where other firms often fail. This could be due to a company’s extensive stockholding facilities that are tailored to suit the needs of their customers or through a wide-ranging and quality-driven procurement network.

Since 1994, Lantek Corporation has been helping thousands of OEM and CEM customers to overcome the hurdles associated with purchasing components that have been earmarked for obsolescence.

Thanks to our varied stock portfolio and our worldwide procurement network that features offices in strategic locations such as Central Europe, the United Kingdom and South-East Asia, we are able to pinpoint the quantities of stock needed to keep your production lines running.

As mentioned earlier, over two-thirds of counterfeit reports are related to obsolete component lines. Because of this, trust is incredibly important when it comes to selecting a supplier of hard-to-find electronic parts.

At Lantek, we take extreme pride in our anti-counterfeiting procedures. Throughout our existence, we have invested significant funds in the technologies, certifications and standards required to keep one step ahead of the counterfeiters.

Our entire buying network is carefully scrutinised and continuously evaluated to ensure that we are only purchasing from reputable sources that share our values. And prior to every shipment, each order undergoes a series of inspections by our staff to confirm their authenticity. It is through our unique set of procedures and techniques that we have built up a reputation for being a trusted supplier of hard-to-find, obsolete and shortage electronic components. We know how important your supply chain is and we work hard to ensure that it does not get compromised by the presence of counterfeit parts.

Manufacturing in an age where end-of-life scenarios for crucial components can be problematic. But with the right purchasing network in place, trust in eminent independent distributors and a forward-thinking approach to production, you can protect yourself against the pitfalls of obsolescence.

Intel to Buy Mobileye for $15 Billion

Intel has agreed a $15.3 billion deal to purchase Mobileye, an Israeli technology company that specialises in manufacturing sensors and cameras for self-driving cars. The acquisition will give the global microchip giant an additional foothold in the automotive sector, one of the fastest growing parts of the electronics industry.

The deal comes after the two firms had forged a close business relationship in recent months. At the start of the year, Intel and Mobileye announced plans to work with BMW to test autonomous technologies, hoping to get around 40 cars on American and European roads by the end of 2017.

“This acquisition is a great step forward for our shareholders, the automotive industry and consumers,” Brian Krzanich, Intel’s chief executive, said in a statement.

“Together, we can accelerate the future of autonomous driving with improved performance in a cloud-to-car solution at a lower cost for automakers.”

Industry analysts believe that the decision to buy Mobileye – which, incidentally, makes it one of the largest-ever acquisitions of an Israeli tech company – is due to Intel’s secondary position in the automotive sector.

At the moment, Intel’s rivals, such as Nvidia and Qualcomm, have a greater market share in a sector that could be worth as much as $70 billion by the end of the next decade.

Intel stated that its current automated-driving division would merge with Mobileye’s existing operations, with the explicit aim of helping automakers bring driverless vehicles to market sooner than originally planned.

“By pooling together our infrastructure and resources, we can enhance and accelerate our combined know-how,” Ziv Aviram, Mobileye’s chief executive, said in a statement.

The deal between Intel and Mobileye is expected to completed within the next nine months. It has received the necessary approval from both companies’ Board of Directors but still requires the green light from relevant shareholders and regulatory bodies.

Counterfeiting and Piracy will cost $2.3 trillion. Let Lantek Help Secure Your Supply Chain

Yes, you read the headline right. Counterfeit goods and piracy will impact the global economy to the tune of $2.3 trillion, a report predicts. To make matters worse, 5 million jobs could be lost due to these illicit practices by 2022.

The report, entitled The Economic Impacts of Counterfeiting and Piracy, was commissioned by the not-for-profit advocacy group, the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the International Chamber of Commerce’s Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP). And it does not make for pleasant reading.

The study follows up on previous research. That paper, released in 2011, estimated that the overall global economic value of counterfeit and pirated goods was much as $650 billion per year. The new research suggests that in 2013, the value of counterfeit and pirated goods was between $710 and $917 billion. The long-term outlook is even worse, the report predicts that figure will rise to an eye-watering $2.3 trillion by 2022.

Counterfeiting is a pertinent issue for pretty much everybody involved within the electronics industry as a compromised supply chain can cost a company an extraordinary amount of both time and money. Given that the presence of a solitary suspect part on a production line can cast doubt on the functionality and reliability of a product, it’s no wonder that buyers, designers and Quality Managers alike all continuously say that counterfeiting is their biggest concern.

With the prospect of counterfeiting only going to increase over the course of the next few years, it is important to ensure that your procurement partners are capable of not just meeting industry standards when it comes to quality assessment, but surpassing them.

Since our foundation in 1994, Lantek Corporation has always strived to offer our customers the very best service possible. As specialists in sourcing hard-to-find, long lead time and obsolete electronic components, we know that we can sometimes operate in an area that has, over the years, become increasingly infested with potential counterfeiters. That’s why we operate to strict guidelines, to ensure the legitimacy and reliability of the parts that we procure for our clients and partners.

With over 144,000 lines in stock, we are one of North America’s leading independent stocking distributors of electronic components. All our stock has been carefully obtained from trusted sources, including semiconductor manufacturers, franchised outlets and class-leading OEMs, and has been subjected to strict quality controls.

By having a tailored range of active, passive and electromechanical items in our warehouse, all available for immediate dispatch, we can help our clients and partners get the stock they need quickly, without the fear of a compromised supply chain.

As well as our stockholding facilities, we also have numerous offices in key strategic locations around the world. With offices in high-profile markets such as the Far East, the United Kingdom and Central Europe, we can scour trusted contacts and suppliers to locate the parts that many others cannot whilst also securing their authenticity.

As well as monitoring our list of approved suppliers, our inspection process and policy procedures will provide you with quality products and will help safeguard against counterfeiters and defective parts.

Every single shipment that we make is thoroughly checked by our highly-trained and ESD accredited personnel. This, combined with additional testing techniques such as a dedicated X-Ray service and full functional testing enables us to offer our customers a Quality-Assured 1-Year Money Back Guarantee.

We are so confident in our services that in the rare event that your purchase fails to meet manufacturer specification (within twelve months of the purchase date), we will either replace the parts at our expense or offer you a refund.

We believe that quality and attention to detail makes all the difference. That is why quality is not just a word we use; it is a way of working that runs throughout our entire company. If you want to help safeguard your electronic component supply chain, look no further than Lantek Corporation.

Smartphone component prices set to soar, analysts predict

Many manufacturers are expecting to experience a potentially nervy couple of months as a rise in the cost of crucial components, coupled with tightening supply chains, could lead to a reduction in operating margins.

Analysis by Trendforce, the global market intelligence firm, has indicated that the price of mobile DRAM, NAND flash products and AMOLED screens will gradually increase throughout this calendar year. To compound this problem, most of the industry’s major players are expected to be releasing new state-of-the-art models in the coming months.

As is always the case with technology, these new flagship devices will feature enhanced capabilities over previous models and will make use of in-demand, cutting-edge components. Apple and Samsung – two of the biggest smartphone manufacturers – have already built up their inventories in order to prepare themselves for big production runs. This, in turn, has led to lead times being extended and supply chains around the world are now being squeezed as the availability of parts diminishes.

Memory is one market area that is expected to be especially volatile this year. As newer flagship devices require 6GB – or even 8GB in some cases – to handle dual-lens cameras, artificial technologies and video streaming services, the demand for DRAM is likely to be sky high.

Of course, as demand increases, so too does its price: Trendforce’s analysts believe that the cost of DRAM will go up by around 10% this year.

But this rise is not just fuelled by the traditional big players in the sector. Chinese smartphone manufacturers are now increasingly competing with the likes of Apple and Samsung. As well as putting pressure on the memory market, the addition of new players and models to the smartphone arena is also having an impact of UFS (Universal Flash Storage) products.

UFS is an interface that offers better performance over its predecessor, eMMC (embedded Multi-Media Controller). First adopted by Samsung in 2015, UFS is becoming widely used and its use within the smartphone sector is set to increase by 20% in 2017, driving prices upwards in the process.

Although not necessarily something that you’d consider to be an electronic component, demand for AMOLED screens will go up by nearly 30% as the technology becomes widely adopted. WitsView, a market research firm that specialises in the LCD screen sector, believes that the market share of AMOLED screens will grow from 23.8% to 27.7% this year as both Apple and Samsung release new models.

This will cause problems for OEMs, many of them who operate outside of the smartphone sector, because there is a dominant manufacturer of AMOLED screens, Samsung Display (SDC)

SDC has already divided its production category between its sister company Samsung and Apple, leaving very little availability for the general market.

For manufacturers and buyers who make use of electronic components and parts utilised in mobile devices, it looks to be a potentially tricky year ahead.

Renesas Subcontractors Still to Resume Production Capacity

Earlier this week, Renesas released an update regarding the impact that last month’s earthquakes had on its manufacturing operations.

As you may well remember, the Japanese-based electronics company was forced to close down a number of its production lines after it emerged that its facilities in the Kumamoto Prefecture had sustained damage during the earthquakes.

After assessing the situation, partial production resumed at the company’s Kawashiri Factory on April 22nd, but many other aspects remained offline while further assessments and repairs were carried out.

In accordance with their ongoing Business Development Plan, Renesas today announced that it expects to be able to ‘restore pre-earthquake production capacity’ by the end of this month.

A statement, published on the company’s website, said:

“While the chance of aftershocks to occur remains unpredictable, we confirmed that there is no current issue under consideration that would impede recovery further. Under these circumstances, we expect to be able to restore full pre-earthquake production capacity targeting May 22.”

However, whilst Renesas’ own plant appears to be getting back on track, the same cannot be said for some of its affiliated production facilities.

“Following the main quake that occurred on April 16, further damage has been confirmed at some subcontractor companies…. Renesas is exerting its utmost efforts to return to full pre-earthquake production capacity at the earliest possible date.”

Finally, Renesas announced that a donation of ten million yen had been made to the relief efforts.

Leading Electronic Manufacturers Pause Production

Renesas Electronic, Sony and Mitsubishi Electronic are just some of the companies to halt their production lines in the wake of the earthquakes that struck south-east Japan last week.

On April 14th, a foreshock earthquake registering 6.2Mw struck near Kumamoto, damaging the city’s eastern suburbs. In the hours following the initial earthquake, a further eleven aftershocks of at least 4.5Mw were recorded.

Then, in the early hours of April 16th, a further 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit the region, causing significant damage to areas already vulnerable from the earthquake two days prior.
These earthquakes have caused significant disruption to a number of leading electronic manufacturers with facilities in the area, most noticeably Renesas, Sony and Mitsubishi Electronic.
Renesas is set to resume production tomorrow, though Sony and Mitsubishi’s plants look likely to remain offline for the next couple of days at the very least.

As a result, we have seen demand rise for a number of products, those being:

• Renesas Series – R5F10, R8A77
• NEC Series – UPD70, UPD78, UPD431, UPD432, UPD75
• Sony Series – CXD208, CXD125, CXD353

In a press release, Renesas announced their plant in Kumamoto should be reopening tomorrow, albeit with a reduced capacity.

“Assuming there is no massive aftershock and significant change in the state of material procurement situations, Renesas…aims to resume productions of other remaining processes step-by-step,” a spokesperson said.

It is worth noting that no definitive timetable for a return to full production capabilities has been announced.

However, nearby plants operated by Sony and Mitsubishi Electronic will remain closed while a full investigation is carried out.

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