Lead Times Extending In The Electronic Supply Chain

Electronic manufacturing buyers and engineers are reporting passive electronic component lead times extending out to as much as twelve months. Passive categories including capacitors, diodes, inductors, resistors and transformers are all included in a widening gap between order dates and actual delivery dates.

Over the last 12 months, lead times have increased because the demand is outpacing supply and manufacturers capacity. Surface mount general ceramic capacitors lead times are continuing to increase. AVX, Samsung, Murata, and TDK are all quoting increased lead times and in some cases, severe part allocations. Panasonic fixed resistor lead times are 40 plus weeks out.

Low voltage mosfets and discrete lead times are extending out as the supply of On Semiconductor and STMicroelectronics show the most pressure with factories at capacity.

Automotive devices have been hit the hardest with lead times and allocations, although our customers report a strain across several categories within their Bill of Materials.

As always, it is recommended that engineering works with the design team to make sure parts are selected that can be procured from multiple manufacturers in order to avoid an interruption in the supply chain.

Dana Jiron
Inland Empire Components, Inc.
http://www.iecsolutions.com

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