Electronic Component Distribution News Updates

Digi-Key highlights power efficiency with Power Integrations tie-up

17/09/20211 min read
Digi-Key highlights power efficiency with Power Integrations tie-up

Digi-Key Electronics has joined with Power Integrations to offer the InnoSwitch3 IC family, as part…

The Future of Remote Patient Monitoring Technologies

16/09/20216 min read
The Future of Remote Patient Monitoring Technologies

Advancements in remote patient monitoring (RPM) mean physicians can get a clear picture of health…

Component Shortages to ‘Last Well Into 2022,’ Execs Predict

14/09/20216 min read
Component Shortages to ‘Last Well Into 2022,’ Execs Predict

The challenges related to semiconductor and other component shortages will be with us for a…

Digi-Key highlights “Winning Combinations” of Renesas-Dialog merger

14/09/20211 min read
Digi-Key highlights “Winning Combinations” of Renesas-Dialog merger

Digi-Key Electronics, following the completion of Renesas’ acquisition of Dialog, is highlighting what it calls…

Arrow Signs System-On-Module Deal

13/09/20212 min read
Arrow Signs System-On-Module Deal

Arrow Electronics has signed an agreement to sell RBZ Robot Design’s SIMPLIA system-on-module (SoM) series…

Gartner: Supply Chains Need Regional Designs in Global Networks

13/09/20214 min read
Gartner: Supply Chains Need Regional Designs in Global Networks

September 13, 2021 —To better deal with growing protectionism and the need for higher agility,…

USB Power Delivery (PD) Controller IC Market to Double over 5 Years

13/09/20213 min read
USB Power Delivery (PD) Controller IC Market to Double over 5 Years

Continued transitions to USB Type-C, demand for fast charging, downstream ports for charging peripherals and…

Renesas, Dialog Merger Adds Firepower To Digi-Key Portfolio

13/09/20212 min read
Renesas, Dialog Merger Adds Firepower To Digi-Key Portfolio

Digi-Key Electronics is now supporting the Renesas Electronics and Dialog Semiconductor product portfolio, following the…

Richardson RFPD Adds Red Pitaya To Global Linecard

11/09/20212 min read
Richardson RFPD Adds Red Pitaya To Global Linecard

Richardson RFPD has entered into a global franchise distribution agreement with Red Pitaya. Under the…

IC Insights: Chip Makers Bullish on Q3 Revenue

10/09/20213 min read
IC Insights: Chip Makers Bullish on Q3 Revenue

Semiconductor manufacturers expect varying levels of growth — from 3 percent to 34 percent –…

ECIA: EPA Opts for More Industry Input on PIP (3:1)

10/09/20213 min read
ECIA: EPA Opts for More Industry Input on PIP (3:1)

The ECIA Global Industry Practices Committee (GIPC) is closely following any global legislation that will…

Teflon high film capacitors can tolerate up to 150°C without derating

09/09/20211 min read
Teflon high film capacitors can tolerate up to 150°C without derating

Two high temperature film capacitors by Electrocube can be used in high temperature applications. The…


The Electronic Component Distribution Business is an essential part of the electronics industry.

Distribution companies are often organized in various national and international distribution associations, such as IDEA. Distributors of electronic components are often used as an intermediary between the manufacturer of electronic components and the customer. This could be the case, if the customer’s order volume is too small to be handled by the manufacturer. But there are also other reasons.

In addition to component shipments, distributors often offer value added services, such as assistance in the customer’s design phase, or logistic services.

The service portfolio depends on the distributor’s strategic direction. There are distributors that concentrate on simple fulfillment. They buy components from the manufacturer in bulk and concentrate on re-selling. Others put their focus on value added services. These can be special design tools or design assistance through the distributor’s engineering staff. 

However, distributors can also be distinguished by their product portfolio. Companies that offer a big variety of components are often called “broadline distributors”. But this type of business model is not suitable for all market participants. Some have specialized on specific niche products. For example, there are distribution companies that focus specifically on electromechanic components. Since these are often smaller companies, it’s an often more suitable concept, than trying to compete against bigger distributors.

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