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Market Intelligence Report

Empowering insights on commodity and supply chain dynamics

Open-market activity provides a lens into broader market conditions and is often an early indicator of trends and supply chain disruptions. As electronic-component distribution channels have evolved in our increasingly connected world, tier-one OEMS and CMs have looked to open-market distributors as strategic partners to help balance their supply chains.

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Each month, Smith offers select customers access to our expertly curated Market Intelligence Report.

Our team of experts brings a diverse wealth of knowledge and experience that helps us offer the most relevant and actionable insights into the global electronic-component marketplace. From Smith’s decades in business and vast network of longstanding market relationships to the commodity, cross-industry, and regional expertise of our employees, we have connections and resources in place to keep you fully informed and help guide your purchasing strategies.

Market Bytes

Smith’s biweekly Market Bytes offer a quick at-a-glance into what’s going on in the worldwide electronic-component marketplace.
Preview Market Byte 5.12.2022
The PC market has quieted in the last quarter, and shipment numbers continue to fall, which has also lessened demand for PC DRAM and PC CPUs for the past month. Though dips in demand often undermine prices, the rising costs of raw materials and logistics are bolstering standard prices; monthly ASPs are flat MoM.
Preview Market Byte 5.10.2022
Despite optimistic forecasts that sluggish demand in the PC and smartphone markets would alleviate some shipment constraints and create some rebalancing of inventory levels, little has changed with the semiconductor shortage in the past month.
Preview Market Byte 5.5.2022
The return of enterprise demand has been hampered by the IC shortage, which is not allowing server manufacturers and edge-computing ODMs to complete orders. Coupled with PC shipments continuing their downward trends, the expected boost for CPU demand has not come to fruition.
Preview Market Byte 5.3.2022
Due to the IC shortage, HDD and SSD manufacturers have been unable to produce their full portfolios. Many are focusing on mainstream and high-density drives that are in greater demand from enterprise and datacenter clients.
Preview Market Byte 4.28.2022
There is little optimism about improvement of processor lead times and availability as there is in some corners for simpler semiconductors. SoCs, FPGAs, MCUs, MPUs, OCMs, etc., vie for die supply, and their lead times are lengthening.
Preview Market Byte 4.26.2022
Intel continues to push investment in the future of its IDM 2.0 program by announcing spending within Europe that will focus on the automotive industry. The company plans to build a new plant in Magdeburg, Germany, which will incorporate wafer production in 2027.
Preview Market Byte 4.19.2022
In mid-March, an earthquake off the coast of Japan forced several chip manufacturers to stop their production lines for damage assessment, but they returned to production quickly. No wafers have been reported as compromised, and the shutdowns have not impacted the global market.
Preview Market Byte 4.14.2022
DDR3 consumer memory is seeing increased demand due to constraints brought on by the nearing of EOL for chips from Samsung and SK hynix. As a result, prices have risen slightly over the last several weeks.
Preview Market Byte 4.12.2022
Like other processors, NVIDIA GPUs are short in the market. However, demand for graphics cards is quiet because of slow PC and enterprise sales and low need from the crypto-mining industry. Prices for them have been flat and availability steady.

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