Covid-19

U.S. Factory Activity Stagnates as Coronavirus Disrupts Supply

U.S. factory activity declined in February as new orders contracted and concerns about coronavirus-related supply chain disruption spread across industries. The Institute for Supply Management’s PMI is clinging to expansion at 50.1 percent, down from 50.9 percent in January. Fifty is the line of demarcation between expansion and contraction. “Coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the…

Revenue per Wafer Rising As Demand Grows for sub-7nm IC Processes

Despite the high development costs associated with IC-processing technology, using smaller nodes yields larger revenue per wafer, according to new research from IC Insights. The success and proliferation of integrated circuits has largely hinged on the ability of IC manufacturers to continue offering more performance and functionality for the money.  Driving down the cost of…

Coronavirus Decimates China’s Public Display Production

The coronavirus has caused manufacturing rates of digital-signage products to plunge in the first quarter, contributing to production cuts of nearly 30 percent for public-display products, according to Omdia. Unit production of televisions used for signage applications is expected to decline by 10.9 percent in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same period…

components, chip industry, trade war, tariffs, U.S., China

Tariffs Eased on Some Electronics Products

The electronics industry is enjoying a short-term reprieve from new U.S. tariffs as the Trump administration delayed the imposition of 15 percent duties on $156 billion worth of Chinese goods, including smart phones, computers and other consumer electronics. While the move may boost holiday-related consumer sales, the 25 percent tariffs on a separate $250 billion…