The Spectra Electronic Design to Delivery Index (EDDI) helps designers overcome the component selection dilemma they’re facing due to supply chain interruptions.

Printed circuit board (PCB) designers have a tough job. Supply chain issues have made the job tougher, especially when it comes to building a resilient bill of materials (BOM). Problems such as lack of available electronic components, long lead times, pandemic uncertainty, and transportation delays have made a designer’s job especially difficult. 

The lack of available solutions to these supply chain-related problems can result in board respins, loss in revenue, and more. These added responsibilities—include choosing the right components, figuring out what will be available at production, pricing, and selecting alternate parts—are now falling on the designers’ shoulders because all this research needs to begin at the design stage. 

The Spectra Electronic Design to Delivery Index (EDDI) is a great resource from Nexar, a business unit of Altium, to help designers overcome the component selection dilemma they’re facing due to supply chain interruptions. It gives a category-level view with two years of supply and demand history across the spectrum of the electronics components landscape. 

The Industry Supply Index (ISI) provides a high-level view of availability trends. The Industry Demand Index (IDI) shows how difficult it is to source parts, such as how much competition individual companies are going up against when trying to source components. EDDI gives in-depth analysis and actionable intelligence into what is happening in the electronics component industry by comparing current insights with information sourced from more than two years of history across tens of millions of parts. 

Why should you trust this information? 

Nexar sits at an interesting intersection in the electronics industry, with millions of users every month that interact with our EDA tools, as well as the Octopart component search engine and the Nexar API. Our users span from PCB designers to procurement and supply chain professionals with all of their activities being signals of intent. We look back into the history of millions of components—two years’ worth of data—to illustrate the current supply and demand of part categories and how that compares to a pre-pandemic baseline of January 2020. Based on user intent and historical data, we aggregate this information to create unique insights that designers can use to understand various trends in component availability, history, and demand. 

Why is historical and demand data important to a designer? 

As the responsibility of cultivating a sustainable BOM has fallen on designers’ shoulders, they need as much information as possible to make informed decisions. Historical data on component availability and demand signals to gauge competition for parts can be used to identify supply chain risk across the entire component list. This kind of information empowers designers to make choices that will remain intact throughout design, supply, and manufacturing process. 

For designers today, mitigating risk is more important than ever. Understanding supply and demand trends can help you navigate throughout your parts planning process. Utilizing EDDI insights helps you to take advantage of market conditions and to source the components you need to get your product to manufacturing and to market.