Tantalum Capacitors Potentials and Trends

by Tomas Zednicek Ph.D. European Passive Components Institute, EPCI Jan 19. www.passive-components.eu
1.      INTRODUCTION
Tantalum capacitors are offering excellent stability in high energy, harsh conditions, and power volumetric efficiency and low...Read More

Added passives capacity will help stabilise lead times, limit price increases

By James Carbone
However, it will remain a seller’s market in 2019 for many parts including MLCCs and resistors
Buyers of multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCC), chip resistors and other passive components can expect supply to remain tight in 2019, although...Read More

Moderating outlook won’t slow industry momentum

By Victoria Kickham
Advancing technology and the digital economy will keep the electronics sector humming in 2019 and beyond, industry insiders say

Electronics industry leaders are maintaining a bright outlook despite predictions of moderating economic...Read More

Expect higher average prices for embedded processors

By James Carbone
Prices will rise because more higher-cost 64-bit embedded microprocessors will be designed into electronics equipment.

The global market for embedded microprocessors (MPUs) will grow about 5 per cent to $77.7 billion in 2018 because...Read More

Industry embraces strong outlook, laments tight labor market

By Victoria Kickham
Demand for labor heats up as 2018 comes to a close and the economy continues its solid pace.

Electronics industry companies will continue to reap the rewards of a strong US economy in 2019, but they will face accompanying challenges...Read More

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Our predictions for device connectivity trends in 2019

In the world of device connections 2018 was a very busy year and we expect 2019 to continue this trend. Here are our top predictions for 2019 and we invite you to watch this space for new and exciting product developments throughout the year.

  • Power is always a big topic for us given our extensive portfolio of power connector solutions. In 2019 we see greater steps towards a decentralised electricity grid with solar, battery storage and vehicle-to-grid technology helping make homes and larger buildings into micro power stations.
  • It will be a big year for battery electric vehicle launches as more OEMs bring new platforms and models to market. This in turn will accelerate the roll-out of the charging infrastructure which is necessary to provide consumers with the confidence to make the switch to electric mobility.
  • Buildings are getting smarter and increasingly using technology to monitor and control their environments. This is leading to an increasing number of connected systems both centralised and de-centralised working together to control everything from lighting and heating to security.
  • Thanks to the rapid rise in affordable high performance single board computers, embedded systems will continue to find new and exciting applications from home automation projects to remote monitoring and data collection of production lines and processes.
  • Electronic devices will continue to get more complex and pack more functionality into an ever decreasing footprint. As a result, board-to-board applications will become ever more demanding with the requirements for robust connectivity and increased data rates.
  • Customised solutions are coming into their own with the advances in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and fully automated flexible production lines capable of producing small quantities of variants for customers. From a device manufacturer’s point of view, the ability to offer customised solutions greatly enhances their competitiveness, and to aid this we are making it very easy to take a standard product and customise it in some way via our on-line configurators.
  • LED lighting for domestic, public and commercial applications is still in its infancy, but with the trend towards de-centralised green energy production and storage, LED lighting will be an absolute necessity to reduce consumption and enable more locally produced energy to be sold back to the grid.
  • And finally we expect 2019 to be a very challenging year in the UK electronics sector with the uncertainties of BREXIT continuing to unsettle the market. As a manufacturer we remain committed to the UK and will monitor the situation and work closely with our distribution partners and customers to minimise any disruption to supply.

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