Executive Order Clears Path to $37 Billion Chip Investment

President Biden on Wednesday signed, as expected, an executive order that paves the way for allocation of $37 billion federal government investment to address the chip supply shortfall. Industry reaction has been positive with both the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) immediately issuing statements showing relief that the…

The Electronics Supply Chain Faces Ongoing Challenges

The electronics supply chain faces more challenges than usual, so companies are reassessing all aspects of their business to maintain resilience. Supply chain partners can reduce these difficulties through strategic planning. Here are some of the most pressing challenges, and some remedies. The Covid-19 pandemic As the world grappled with the Covid-19 pandemic, the electronics…

Analog Devices, Maxim, distribution

Analog Devices-Maxim Deal Portends Distribution Shakeup

If past is prologue, Analog Devices Inc.’s $20 billion acquisition of Maxim Integrated Products Inc. will prompt a major shake-up in its electronics distribution channel. When ADI acquired Linear Technology in 2017, it consolidated its global volume distribution network under one distributor – Arrow Electronics Inc. – and discontinued with the industry’s second-largest player, Avnet…

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…

U.S. Moves to Cut Huawei’s Access to Global Chip Suppliers

The global electronics supply chain could be bracing for another disruption as the U.S. government moves to block semiconductor shipments from global chip makers to Huawei Technologies, the Chinese 5G and networking giant. Chip makers deal directly with large global customers such as Huawei, but electronics distributors often manage the logistics of semiconductor shipments to local markets. Most…