The coronavirus has continued its spread resulting in 89,197 confirmed cases and 3048 deaths as of this writing. Click here for live statistics. The spread has caused disruptions in many segments of the electronics industry.
Based on the above, we can expect to see continued delays in the production and distribution of electronics in China and around the world. These delays will lead to price hikes in components and consumer goods alike.
ON Semiconductor says that it is exploring a sale of its manufacturing facility in Oudenaarde, Belgium. The company will begin searching for strategic partners willing to enter an arrangement to facilitate the orderly transition of On Semi products from its Oudenaarde facility to other facilities within the company’s network.
The US government is accusing Huawei of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), further expanding the list of criminal charges against the Chinese telecom giant.
Qualcomm Technologies announced its third generation 5G modem-to-antenna solution, the Snapdragon X60. The semiconductor and telecom equipment company has also announced that samples of the Snapdragon X60 will ship this quarter, supporting the commercial release of smartphones in early 2021.
Italian EMS provider MTA, a designer and manufacturer of electronic and electromechanical components for the automotive industry, has been forced to close its Codogno production plant following regulations set by the Italian Minister of Health. We expect the virus to have a similar impact on other manufacturers throughout the electronics industry.