Month: January 2021

Supply Chain 2021

Look back on 2020, I want to thank our customers and supply partners for a great year, despite all the global challenges.

As we look forward, there is a consensus across the industry that we all are entering a period of significant expansion in the semiconductor market.  Across almost all market verticals, strong growth is forecasted for the next several years.  And like all semiconductor manufacturers, we are seeing some impacts show up in our supply chain.  Capacity has tightened, and lead times are extending across the industry.

With this constrained supply environment, we are asking our customers to please increase the frequency, time horizon, and the accuracy of your forecasts where possible.  Current product lead times have extended to 7 months on average.  We continue to procure supply to our customers forecasts.  We will always strive to meet all our customers demand, however unforecasted demand may prove to be challenging.

For the highest level of support, we ask customers to forecast their demand monthly, with a 12 month time horizon, and to place orders with 8 to 12 weeks of leadtime.  Unforecasted demand, and orders inside 8 weeks are subject to a 15% cost adder to mitigate the expedite fees we are charged by our supply partners.

Thank you for your continued support, and the privilege of being your ATE technology partner

Adam Haigis, Vice President of Operations

David Kenyon: Looking Forward to 2021

Hello and Happy 2021!  I hope this note finds you healthy and ready for the New Year.  We @ Elevate have been very busy at the end of 2020, and we see the pace quickening into ’21.  As you may have read in other posts, the semiconductor supply chain is getting crowded and filling up – orders are booking out longer and longer and we are working our supply chain magic to refill shelves with inventory after a very busy year.  We also have new product – Mystery final silicon is shipping today, the Whitney production parts have shipped and are in house for testing, and we should complete another tapeout on our next gen pin electronics by the end of January (knock on wood!).  We’ve never had so much new product either in the fab, or in house for test at the same time! 

Our company is growing, too – we’re adding operations people, business/administration people, and of course, design engineers and product engineers. 

While we are proud that we came out of 2020 healthy and growing, we are sensitive to the needs of our customers and partners around the world and we can’t wait to re-engage in person this year, when conditions permit.  Video calls are a good tool, but nothing takes the place of sitting down with you and learning about your business, and your test needs.  I’m looking forward to being able to do that in 2021!

Have a great year, and please remember to get us your forecast early this year.. so we can make sure we have you covered for the demand surge that is hitting everyone these days. 

Regards,

David

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