Electronics News Byte: Coronavirus-Related Delays, New EU “Right to Repair” Rules, and More

March 16, 2020 | 11:08
Wondering about what’s going on in electronics industry? Elektor will help you stay on top of essential electronics news items. We put together the following news round-up for the last several days.  
 
  • Manufacturers Expect Up to 5-Week Delays Due to Coronavirus: The IPC — a US-based electronics equipment trade organization — recently found that most electronics manufacturers are expecting delays of four to five weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. "Shipment delays are likely to have more severe impacts on small businesses, which have less influence over suppliers and less flexibility to adapt," the organization reported.
  • New EU “Right to Repair” Legislation for Electronics: The European Union has announced new "right to repair rules" targeting laptops, phones, and tablets for 2021. If enacted, manufacturers would be required to offer customers options for repairing, reusing, and upgrading products. Learn More
  • Microchip Expands Silicon Carbide (SiC) Family of Power Electronics: Applications leveraging SiC technology range from electric vehicles and charging stations to smart power grids and industrial and aircraft power systems. Microchip Technology recently announced its expanded portfolio of smaller, lighter and more efficient SiC power modules. Learn more
  • Silicon Labs to Acquire Redpine Signals’s Connectivity Business: Silicon Labs announced on March 12, 2020, that it entered into a purchase agreement for Redpine Signals’s ultra-low-power Wi-Fi and Bluetooth products. The $308 million cash deal will “accelerate Silicon Labs' roadmap for Wi-Fi 6 silicon, software and solutions,” the company noted in a release.
  • Infineon One Step Closer to Acquiring Cypress: On March 9, Infineon announced that the US Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) finished its review of the company's plans to acquire Cypress Semiconductor. The closing is now subject to approval by China's State Administration for Market Regulation.
 
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