For decades, manufacturers in the USA have been offshoring their component fabrication operations to places where labor expenses are less and fewer regulations can add to their costs. In 2020, manufacturers across the country got a wake-up call. When the COVID pandemic swept across the globe, it interrupted supply chains worldwide, wreaking havoc on American… Read more »
What Are the Advantages of an Integrated Circuit?
Integrated circuits are the brain and heart of most modern electronic devices and appliances. They populate every circuit board and are integral to much of the technology in the world today, with numerous advantages of integrated circuits. As a microelectronic component or device, integrated circuits undergo stringent processes in fabricating capacitors, diodes, resistors, semiconductors, and… Read more »
Featured Manufacturer: Lite-On
Solid State Inc. carries high-quality electronic products from various manufacturers, including Lite-On. The company’s products include optoelectronics for green energy and industrial automation, becoming a leader in sustainable electronic and electrical solutions. As Lite-On distributors, Solid State is proud to introduce the company as one of our featured manufacturers.
Retail vs Wholesale Electronic Components
In comparison to retailers of electronic parts, electronic component wholesalers tend to have more choice and control over what they sell. This allows their customers to buy whatever electronic parts they need from one place. For an electronic equipment manufacturer, this offers advantages when procuring large quantities of diverse components for their products. Understanding the… Read more »
What Are Gray Market Electronic Components?
The gray market for electronic components is currently around $60 billion annually, making up from 6 to 8 percent of the electronic components market. Though electronic counterfeiting in the electronics industry has been problematic, it’s also important to understand how it supports the electronics industry’s gray market. Electronic components sold in this way will include… Read more »
Featured Manufacturer: Isocom Components
Isocom Components 2004 Limited manufactures infrared optoelectronic devices, focusing on optocouplers, optoswitches, and solid-state relays. The company is a leader and respected brand in the global optoelectronic industry. Used to emit or detect radiation in the visible to a near-infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum, they utilize a premise established by Albert Einstein that light… Read more »
7 Essential Quality Assurance Certifications in the Electronics Supply Chain Industry
Quality control is necessary for every industry but is particularly important in electronics. Supply chains offer a range of electronic components made with varying degrees of quality, so end users need to know which distributors and manufacturers provide the best products. Additionally, should there be an issue with an electronic part, companies should have established… Read more »
Featured Manufacturer: American Power Devices Inc.
Solid State Inc. carries a wide range of high-quality electronic products made by several reliable manufacturers, including items manufactured by American Power Devices Inc., which fabricate manufacturing and industrial supplies, specifically dealing with semiconductor components and other related electronic parts. About American Power Devices Inc. With a sales volume between $5-$10 million annually, American Power… Read more »
Sourcing Electronics Components Online: What You Should Know
Though many electronics distributors moved online before the COVID pandemic, since 2020 Internet-based sales have become the future for all suppliers of electronics. Components’ online sellers have made buying via their own and ecommerce websites easier, and there are many other reasons why digital sales have largely replaced those from brick-and-mortar outlets. Though previously there… Read more »
Passive Electronic Components 101: How They Work and Their Role in Circuits
Passive electronic components are essential in electrical circuitry. They are not only an integral part of a circuit’s physical structure, but they also help illuminate how electricity works in complex electrical systems. Printed circuit boards (PCBs) and integrated circuits often contain these components that operate on their own – or discretely – within these devices…. Read more »
How to Choose the Best Components for Your Electronic Circuit Design
Choosing components is one of the most important considerations when developing a new electronic circuit. Designs vary depending on the application and guessing what parts to use often leads to complications. When deciding what components go into a specific schematic, having access to a comprehensive library of components and a knowledgeable partner will help guide… Read more »
10 Advantages of Working with a Trusted Electronic Components Distributor
Electronic components distributors are not just middlemen. They provide crucial services for customers who require electronic parts while also representing manufacturers’ interests and delivering their products to customers efficiently and effectively. These distributors provide value-added services, including customer support and technical expertise on a scale manufacturers generally cannot. For manufacturers that require parts, distributors help… Read more »
Featured Manufacturer: Calogic LLC
Quality products are key to Calogic LLC’s success, and Solid State Inc. is delighted to stock the company’s range of products. In line with ISO 9001:2015 – the most recent quality certification by the International Organization for Standardization – Calogic LLC builds reliable and affordable electronic components for semiconductors. Concentrating on rigorous product specifications, efficient… Read more »
How to Dispose of E-Waste from Electronic Components
The disposal of e-waste, or electronic waste, is an issue with which the modern world has slowly come to terms. The Global E-waste Statistics Partnership (GESP) – an organization that collects and collates worldwide statistics on e-waste – calculated that in 2019 the United States generated about 6.92 million metric tons (approximately 7.63 million standard… Read more »
Passive vs Active Electronic Components: What’s the Difference?
Electronic components can be classified as passive or active, depending on their function. Electronic components that inject power into circuits, controlling and amplifying the electrical current as it flows through them, are considered active, while those that do not are passive. Further, passive electronic components neither store nor consume energy, while active components do. One simple… Read more »
Counterfeit Electronic Components: How (and Why) to Avoid Them
Counterfeiting is malicious activity. It corrupts our financial systems, technology-driven sectors, and even the spine of modern human productivity: the electronics industry. Counterfeit electronic components remain a significant threat to the electronics industry and cost manufacturers billions yearly. According to a research article by NC State University, counterfeiting has turned into a full-fledged industry. The… Read more »
Featured Manufacturer: SunLED
One of the leading manufacturers of optoelectronic components, SunLED serves industries from high-volume manufacturers to startups. SunLED supports production from design to delivery, providing global LED solutions to manufacturers. Committed to service and quality, the company and SunLED distributors continue supplying the world with tomorrow’s electronic innovations.
Featured Manufacturer: Bergquist Distributors
A necessary part of any electronic system, thermal control continues to be a growing challenge, particularly in industry systems with complex designs and compact footprints. Bergquist Distributors is one of the most trusted global brands when it comes to thermal management.
The History of Integrated Circuits
Though there is no one integrated circuit inventor, the idea for this technology occurred concurrently among several different scientists and engineers involved in developing computing technology since the early 1900s. In the first half of the 20th century, vacuum tubes dominated electronic devices. The first giant computers commissioned by the US government in the 1940s… Read more »
Understanding the Advantages & Applications of PN Junction Diodes
A diode is a two-terminal electronic component that has high electrical resistance on one end and low electrical resistance on the other end. As a result, this widely used electronic component conducts electricity in one direction. Early diodes have two electrodes: cathode and anode. The cathode is a negatively charged electrode, while the anode is… Read more »