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Capacitor Craze Continues


Capacitor Craze Continues


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Capacitors — namely ceramic and tantalum capacitors — have risen to the top of our most in-demand parts list. Product lines from AVX, KEMET, Murata, Samsung, TDK, Vishay, and Yageo have been heavily affected by the recent market shortages.


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Capacitors and MLCCs are some of the most vital components in the electronic components industry. Capacitors are heavily utilized and relied upon across multiple sectors.

Because capacitors and MLCCs govern the electrical currents across a wide range of boards, these components are critical for ongoing OEM and EMS production.

Likewise, the increase in demand for passives ― specifically multi-layered ceramic chip capacitors (MLCCs) ― coupled with restricted manufacturing capacities, have created a continuing and worsening shortage of capacitors.


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Pictured Above: Passive component with extended lead times.


What's Causing Capacitor Constraints?


The passive component manufacturers who produce the seemingly soporific, yet vital components such as resistors, capacitors, and diodes (which are found in nearly every electronic device) are on the cusp of a deficit. Many throughout the industry suggest the capacitors and other passive parts such as resistors will see an increase up to 50% in cost.

A Passive leader, Yageo was cutting generations of inexpensive chip resistors to concentrate on higher-margin niche-market components for automotive, IoT, and other industrial applications. According to Digitimes, "Yaego recently declared that they were still taking orders for passive parts, but with 15-20% greater [price] estimates."

TVs, smart appliances and home monitors produced by tech giants like Amazon, Google, and Apple have absorbed substantial quantities of MLCC.  Other new products such as GTX graphic cards for crypto-mining rely on heavy electricity consumption which demand specific integrated circuits and related support for capacitors. As a result, these types of companies have to pay huge premiums for parts. 

As manufacturers rush to meet the demand for hybrid/electric vehicles and mobile devices, the demand for passives started to outstrip supply.

According to Dennis Zogbi of Paumanok Publications, "Limited capacity expansion in the MLCC business, especially the ability to pile ceramic layers will expand shortages of MLCC to 2020 and beyond."


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Pictured Above: Various Capacitors

Capacitor & Passives Shortages Likely to Last:

Long term exposure to metal and ceramic stacking technology is required to achieve robust supplies of stock. Not to mention, the large cap BME MLCC process is extremely rigorous, and return ratios are constantly in flux. This limits capacitor suppliers from achieving next levels in capacitance, and creates barriers to entry for other vendors working with ceramic capacitors. 

This technical barrier and restricted capacity of alternate dielectrics available to contend with the massive economies of MLCC lead us to feel that capital expenditure might be restricted. Likewise, the shortage of MLCC may last up to five decades. The added attraction of premium costs could also draw manufacturers from unprofitable parts of the industry, leaving component buyers searching for alternative solutions.

Oddly enough, some manufacturers have begun to build more capacity for production while increasing prices. Nonetheless, these new factories and product lines can take upwards of a year to function at 100%. 

Although there's no need to panic, experts throughout the electronic component industry who've been observing the continuing deficits of capacitors and other passives parts are now predicting dwindling stock and increased prices for several quarters to come.


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Pictured Above: MLCC / Ceramic Capacitors

Mitigate Issues with Scheduled Orders & High-Volume REQs:

Sensible Micro stocks a wide-range of capacitors and MLCCs. If a component on your AVL or BoM confronts a significant price increase or lengthy lead times, we can arrange scheduled orders to lock-in current market pricing, secure ample stock from our own warehouse, or find viable replacements.

If you'd like to see which capacitors are currently the best candidates for scheduled orders, look no further! The searchable table below lists all the caps that are in high-demand, carry long lead times, or are quickly losing stock.

Capacitors — namely ceramic and tantalum capacitors — have risen to the top of our most in-demand parts list. Product lines from AVX, KEMET, Murata, Samsung, TDK, Vishay, and Yageo have been heavily affected by the recent market shortages.


Skip To Part NumbersSee Affected Caps

Capacitors and MLCCs are some of the most vital components in the electronic components industry. Capacitors are heavily utilized and relied upon across multiple sectors.

Because capacitors and MLCCs govern the electrical currents across a wide range of boards, these components are critical for ongoing OEM and EMS production.

Likewise, the increase in demand for passives ― specifically multi-layered ceramic chip capacitors (MLCCs) ― coupled with restricted manufacturing capacities, have created a continuing and worsening shortage of capacitors.


Capacitor-Image-1

What's Causing Capacitor Constraints?


The passive component manufacturers who produce the seemingly soporific, yet vital components such as resistors, capacitors, and diodes (which are found in nearly every electronic device) are on the cusp of a deficit. Many throughout the industry suggest the capacitors and other passive parts such as resistors will see an increase up to 50% in cost.

A Passive leader, Yageo was cutting generations of inexpensive chip resistors to concentrate on higher-margin niche-market components for automotive, IoT, and other industrial applications. According to Digitimes, "Yaego recently declared that they were still taking orders for passive parts, but with 15-20% greater [price] estimates."

TVs, smart appliances and home monitors produced by tech giants like Amazon, Google, and Apple have absorbed substantial quantities of MLCC.  Other new products such as GTX graphic cards for crypto-mining rely on heavy electricity consumption which demand specific integrated circuits and related support for capacitors. As a result, these types of companies have to pay huge premiums for parts. 

As manufacturers rush to meet the demand for hybrid/electric vehicles and mobile devices, the demand for passives started to outstrip supply.

According to Dennis Zogbi of Paumanok Publications, "Limited capacity expansion in the MLCC business, especially the ability to pile ceramic layers will expand shortages of MLCC to 2020 and beyond."


Capacitor-Image-2

Capacitor & Passives Shortages Likely to Last:

Long term exposure to metal and ceramic stacking technology is required to achieve robust supplies of stock. Not to mention, the large cap BME MLCC process is extremely rigorous, and return ratios are constantly in flux. This limits capacitor suppliers from achieving next levels in capacitance, and creates barriers to entry for other vendors working with ceramic capacitors. 

This technical barrier and restricted capacity of alternate dielectrics available to contend with the massive economies of MLCC lead us to feel that capital expenditure might be restricted. Likewise, the shortage of MLCC may last up to five decades. The added attraction of premium costs could also draw manufacturers from unprofitable parts of the industry, leaving component buyers searching for alternative solutions.

Oddly enough, some manufacturers have begun to build more capacity for production while increasing prices. Nonetheless, these new factories and product lines can take upwards of a year to function at 100%. 

Although there's no need to panic, experts throughout the electronic component industry who've been observing the continuing deficits of capacitors and other passives parts are now predicting dwindling stock and increased prices for several quarters to come.


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Mitigate Issues with Scheduled Orders & High-Volume REQs:

Sensible Micro stocks a wide-range of capacitors and MLCCs. If a component on your AVL or BoM confronts a significant price increase or lengthy lead times, we can arrange scheduled orders to lock-in current market pricing, secure ample stock from our own warehouse, or find viable replacements.

If you'd like to see which capacitors are currently the best candidates for scheduled orders, look no further! The searchable table below lists all the caps that are in high-demand, carry long lead times, or are quickly losing stock.


Most Wanted:

CAPACITORS / MLCCs



Most Wanted:

CAPACITORS
&
MLCCs


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