S25FL128SAGBHI200 – Cypress Flash Chips

Capacitor prices – all hands on deck, brace for impact!

MLCC capacitor troubles are real: since Murata decided to exit the market, prices go up. A similar trend can also be seen in flash memory.

Memory prices have long shown themselves to be subject to the “pigs cycle”. This is shown by looking two types of flash memory originally developed by Cypress, both of which are hit by supply problems.

An interesting aspect is that manufacturers focus on efficiency: older or “larger” products are eliminated in favour of smaller ones which can be produced with less resource outlay.

For example, take a look at the S25FL132K0XNFI013; a venerable SPI flash memory, which recently got hit with the hammer of discontinuation. At least, an application note available here provides some information on alternatives.

The MLCC capacitor situation, which we discussed recently – has not improved much. It takes but one look at the OEMSecrets toplist to see that MLCCs still are among the most-searched parts, with more than 25% of the toplist being populated by capacitors of one form or another.

While you might be tempted to claim that your systems are safe – you, after all, use MicroSD memory cards and electrolytic capacitors – be advised that this is untrue. MLCC capacitors and flash memory are used all over the place: one customer of yours truly and recently was hit 20% price increase on the process computer used to power his GPS tracker.
What to do?

Randomly stockpiling parts usually is an inefficient coping strategy. Sevelopers should instead keep prices of commonly used parts on the radar: if they suddenly start to rise, targeted stockpiling can be a good idea.

One way to find out about price trends is provided by TTI – the Berkshire-Hathaway owned company provide a list of of useful bits of info here.

Recent Articles
Digital Aggregators: Benefits of sourcing electronic components through them
Who are digital aggregators? An aggregator is often considered a distributor of data and in this context digital aggregators can be described as online web platforms... Read Article
Monolithic Power Systems’ Range with Farnell
Monolithic Power Systems (MPS) specialise in high-performance, integrated power solutions providing small, easy-to-use energy efficient solutions for industrial applications such as telecom infrastructures, cloud computing, automotive, as... Read Article
15% OFF Interconnect & Electromechanical at Future Electronics
The kind of deal you can’t miss  Electromechanical  Get the most out of your mechanical devices with a wide selection of electromechanical products offering nothing but... Read Article
Wide Bandgap Solutions
Featured Articles Silicon Carbide (SiC) and Gallium Nitride (GaN) are the next generation materials for high performance power conversion and electric vehicles. These wide bandgap (WBG)... Read Article
PS5 & XBOX Series X Giveaway
Traco Power & oemsecrets giveaway In our latest competition, we’ve teamed up with Traco Power to give 2 lucky subscribers the chance to win the latest... Read Article
November 2020 Deals from oemsecrets.com
Latest distributor offers and discount codes using oemsecrets.com Below are some of the discounts and offers exclusively available to our subscribers who search and purchase parts... Read Article