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Pandemic Stalls Global Chip Sales

Pandemic Stalls Global Chip Sales
Earlier this month, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced that February 2020 saw global semiconductor sales reach $34.5 billion, presenting a 2.4% decline on January 2020 sales, but an increase of 5% on February 2019 which saw sales of $32.9 billion. Monthly sales figures are recorded by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organisation and represent a rolling three-month average. The SIA represents semiconductor manufacturers, designers and researchers, with members accounting for approximately 95% of US semiconductor sales and a large growing share of sales from non-US firms. "Global semiconductor sales in February were solid overall, outpacing sales from last...

Lockdowns are Wreaking Havoc on Tech Supply Chains

Lockdowns are Wreaking Havoc on Tech Supply Chains
Electronics manufacturing is particularly exposed to problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, largely thanks to a combination of just-in-time manufacturing processes and a far-flung network of suppliers. Last week, analysts at research firm S&P Global painted a bleak picture, citing a 59.5% decline in US seaborne imports from China during the first three weeks of March 2020, resulting from China's nation-wide lockdown. Meanwhile, subcontracting firms such as Foxconn, are considering moving their operations outside of China where possible. One of Apple's manufacturing partners, Wistron Corp, recently stated that half of its capacity could reside outside China within one year. Electronics...

Coronavirus is Disrupting the Electronics Supply Chain

Coronavirus is Disrupting the Electronics Supply Chain
With over 90,000 confirmed cases and over 3,000 deaths, the coronavirus has already spread to over 70 countries in a matter of weeks. Although the situation in China appears to be stabilising, new cases from South Korea, Italy, Iran and beyond are being identified. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has increased the risk assessment of COVID-19 to 'very high' on a global scale, amid fear that the virus could go in ‘any direction’. The outbreak has eclipsed most headlines, and for good reason. The impact of COVID-19 on supply chain, logistics, and the global economy as a whole is worrying....

Researchers Develop a Tiny ID Chip to Tackle Counterfeiting

Researchers Develop a Tiny ID Chip to Tackle Counterfeiting
Electronic components are a popular target for counterfeiting, and are an ongoing problem that costs the electronics industry billions of dollars each year. To tackle the issue of counterfeits entering the supply chain, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have invented a tiny new ID chip that is small enough to fit onto small electronic components in order to verify their authenticity. While existing radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are becoming increasingly popular as a way of authenticating parts, they are costly to manufacture, too large to fit on tiny components, and require too much power to run...

Coronavirus Hits the Heart of Electronics Manufacturing in China

Coronavirus Hits the Heart of Electronics Manufacturing in China
The spread of the coronavirus, also known as Covid-19, has rattled the electronics industry. From smartphones to LCD televisions, a significant volume of the world’s consumer technology is manufactured in China, or relies on parts made there. China is the world’s largest manufacturer of smartphones, computers and televisions, exporting billions of dollars of electronic goods annually. The new coronavirus has had an obvious and immediate impact on that productivity, with factories and offices halting operations across the country. According to analysts, the global electronic supply chain is likely to take a serious hit, depending on how quickly the virus spreads,...

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