Renesas Consolidates Asia-Pacific Distribution Channel

Earlier this month, Renesas Electronics Corp. consolidated its distribution channel in Asia-Pacific, China and Taiwan. The semiconductor company terminated its relationship with global distributor WPI Group and added regional distributor WT Microelectronics. The move is notable as late last year World Peace Group (WPG), WPI’s parent, made a controversial bid to acquire a 30 percent…

Global, smartphone, shipments

Gartner: Q1 Global Smartphone Sales Down 20.2%

Global smartphone sales to end users declined 20.2% in the first quarter of 2020, according to Gartner, Inc. The global shelter-in-place combined with the economic uncertainty brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic led to demand for smartphones collapsing as consumers stopped spending on nonessential products during the first quarter. “The coronavirus pandemic caused the global smartphone market…

DARPA, security, chip, design

DARPA Effort Embeds Security Into Chip Designs

The latest in a series of Pentagon semiconductor initiatives seeks to embed security features into chip designs that would allow silicon architects to probe economics-versus-security tradeoffs while baking in security throughout device lifecycles. The chip design effort represents continuing U.S. efforts to secure its electronics supply chain as semiconductors emerge as a choke point in…