Component News November 9, 2020
Electronics Industry News: October

Electronics Industry News: October

 As a leader in electronic component distribution, we know the importance of market awareness and staying up to date on the latest events and news in the electronics industry.  Please enjoy our compilation of electronics industry news for the month of October!

AMD confirms its acquisition of Xilinx

AMD stated that they will be purchasing Xilinx for $35 billion.  This all stock transaction will create a combined enterprise value of approximately $135 billion, with a combined team of 13,000 engineers and over $2.7 billion of annual R&D investment.


U.S. manufacturing index approaches 2-year high

In October, U.S. manufacturing activity grew at its highest rate since 2018, driven by the largest growth in orders since 2004 and a resurgence in factory employment.  According to the latest report from the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®), its manufacturing index registered 55.4% in September.

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Sales of actuators and sensors, optoelectronics, and discrete semiconductors have stabilized

Roughly 8 months after the COVID-19 lockdowns in many countries, sales of optoelectronics, sensors and actuators, and discrete semiconductors have begun to stabilize.  A recent report from IC Insights shows the combined sales in these three semiconductor market segments falling 4.4% in 2020, from $86.1B to $82.3B.


Active electronic components market size estimated to exceed US$ 521.11 Bn by 2027

The global active electronic components market size was valued at US$ 273.25 billion in 2019, and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 8.2% from 2020 to 2027.  This forecasted growth is largely attributed to the growing demand for smart home devices and consumer electronics, the anticipated development of 5G infrastructure, and on-going advancements in the automotive sector.

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ST Micro to make cartridges for COVID-19 tests

ST Microelectronics and Alifax, a producer of clinical diagnostic instrumentation in Italy, have aligned to create a rapid, cost-efficient portable solution that will be available from Alifax, for point-of-care molecular diagnostic detection.  This move extends ST Micro’s manufacturing from packaging the microfluidics lab-on-a-chip device, to now making the whole cartridge at its backend plant in Malta.


SK Hynix to acquire Intel’s NAND memory business

Intel has agreed to sell part of its NAND memory chip business to SK Hynix for $9 billion.  This move will make the South Korean semiconductor supplier the world’s second-largest flash memory chipmaker.


Strike action has begun at ST Micro

Staff at the three main unions at ST (CAD, CFDT and CGT) in France have begun a strike in response to a “staffing gap”.  According to CAD-ST, an organization that represents ST employees, one of the big problems is that workers don’t feel they are being rewarded in line with ST’s success.


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