Analog Devices Buys Linear Technology in $14.8 Billion Deal
For years, the semiconductor industry has been spreading its roots. Tiny integrated circuits are being used in everything from electric vehicles to smartphones and household devices to the factories that assemble them. But in spite of this appetite for chips, the industry is consolidating rapidly.
On Tuesday, that fact was underlined when Analog Devices said that it planned to buy analog chipmaker Linear Technology for $14.8 billion. The deal reflects the growing market for analog chips that handle real-world data flowing into the digital veins of electronic devices.
China and the United States Move Forward on Conflict Minerals Cooperation
On June 7, under the umbrella of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, the U.S. and China recognized that responsible mineral supply chain practices promote stability and prosperity in the African Great Lakes region. The two sides welcomed each other’s efforts in this area.
Both sides expect to encourage exchanges and the sharing of best practices between commercial enterprises in the two countries. The U.S. Department of State and relevant U.S. agencies, and China’s Ministry of Commerce and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine intend to collaborate on implementation of due diligence guidance, relevant standards, and initiatives, consistent with UNSCR 1952 (2010).
Opportunities for PCB Manufacturers in North America
IPC's market research regularly unearths interesting findings that may reveal golden opportunities for electronics manufacturers. Here are some of the latest discoveries of interest to North American PCB fabricators: