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…

Waymo Driver Outlines Component-Rich Robocar

Waymo recently released via Youtube a lecture on “Waymo Driver,” the company’s fifth-generation robocar platform. Presented by YooJung Ahn, head of design at Waymo, the video clip shares the new platform’s basic design ideas. Ultimately, the trick that caught many industry observers’ eyes about the latest robocar was Waymo’s liberal use of various sensors, including…

Supply Chain Braces for Coronavirus Fallout

Global technology companies have made employees their priority as the deadly coronavirus spreads across the Chinese mainland and beyond. Late Thursday afternoon, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the virus a global public health emergency. Apple has restricted employee travel and closed several stores. Avnet has asked employees to work from home. Peugeot and Citroen…

Will a Third Huawei Extension Matter to U.S. Tech?

The U.S. Department of Commerce has again extended the temporary general license (TGL) allowing U.S. tech companies – such as Intel, Micron, Qualcomm and Xilinx — to sell components to Chinese networking giant Huawei Technologies. This is the third such extension since the U.S. government, citing security concerns, added Huawei to its “Entity List” in…