Vendors are said to have been too aggressive with recent orders for smartphones and tablets, which may negatively affect suppliers during 2013's Q1.
DigiTimes' unnamed industry sources suggested that eager smartphone and tablet vendors may have caused a pile-up before 2013 arrives, subsequently leaving the first-quarter in 2013 a jeopardy for a number of suppliers in terms of seeing orders reduced.
The Taiwan-based site said the issue is particularly bad in China. Orders began to show signs of decrease in November, with original device manufacturers in the Far East yet to commence building up component inventories as a result.
Supply chain companies are now "conservative about their business outlooks for the first quarter of 2013 as demand for [integrated circuit] parts has been affected" by the back up in question.
Smartphone sales have been one of 2012's highlights, with the tablet market showcasing an equally impressive commercial performance. Smart-connected devices, which includes both such devices, shipped 303.6 million units during 2012's Q3 alone.