Leadtimes are rising again
The latest device leadtime index for the end of March 2012 published by Gartners shows the average minimum of leadtimes rising to 8.8 weeks.
“Supply is beginning to flow, and pools of inventory that may have been causing some distributors to offer lower lead times are beginning to dry up,” said the market analyst.
Gartner expects that leadtimes may start to show a slight lengthening through April.
“The end of the inventory correction and a gradual increase in demand as we move into 2Q12, should make for an increase in lead times during this quarter,” said the Gartners report.
The average of minimum leadtimes continued to rise to 8.8 weeks on 29 March 2012 from its low point (5.4 weeks) on 28 December 2011.