Nvidia’s $40 Billion ARM Purchase Will Test M&A ‘Ceiling’

After nearly two months of negotiations and press reports that a blockbuster deal was in the works, Nvidia this week announced a $40 billion agreement to buy ARM—the leading supplier of processor intellectual property (IP)—from financially struggling SoftBank in Japan.  If approved, the deal would be the largest semiconductor acquisition in history, provided the additional…

digital transformation, supply chain, predictions

Supply Chain Gains Edge in Machine Learning Initiative

Machine learning (ML) is positioned to solve a range of supply chain challenges today, but commercializing ML applications lags behind research. Businesses that stand to gain from ML solutions are helping accelerate that process. Last week, MIT’s Computer Science Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) research alliance launched, via webinar, MachineLearningApplications@CSAIL to develop applications for the latest…

ECIA Covid-19 Survey Reveals Concerns are Easing

As the coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact the electronics components supply chain, the most recent data from ECIA’s survey of manufacturers and distributors yields a picture of modest overall improvement and stabilizing results, according to Dale Ford, ECIA’s Chief Analyst. The results reflect the hopeful economic uncertainty that still exists even as many states have…

refurbished, electronics, Back Market

Why Refurbished Electronics are Getting a Second Look

A “perfect storm” is brewing for consumer electronics marketplace Back Market. The items it specializes in – refurbished smartphones, PCs, tablets and their ilk – are in high demand as professionals and students work from home during the coronavirus pandemic. In many regions of the world, unemployment has skyrocketed, so consumers are increasingly budget-conscious. Finally,…