Trade wars and COVID-19 couldn’t stop the march of electronic technology but did change its direction and tempo.

John Blyler

December 2, 2020

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Few expected 2020 to be a year of unprecedented challenges, but it was. The U.S. trade wars with China and other countries had already put a strain on the supply chain from the start of the year. But that disruption paled in comparison to the COVID-19 pandemic that would sweep across the world in early 2020.

No market was unscathed by the economic and health changes wrought upon the world’s population by COVID. But one industry stood out as not only a survivor but as a sustainer of the global economy in 2020 and that was the semiconductor industry.

This gallery will show some of the key ways that the semiconductor electronic market continued to deliver during the first year of the terrible pandemic.

John Blyler is a Design News senior editor, covering the electronics and advanced manufacturing spaces. With a BS in Engineering Physics and an MS in Electrical Engineering, he has years of hardware-software-network systems experience as an editor and engineer within the advanced manufacturing, IoT and semiconductor industries. John has co-authored books related to system engineering and electronics for IEEE, Wiley, and Elsevier. 

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John Blyler

John Blyler is a former Design News senior editor, covering the electronics and advanced manufacturing spaces. With a BS in Engineering Physics and an MS in Electrical Engineering, he has years of hardware-software-network systems experience as an engineer and editor within the advanced manufacturing, IoT and semiconductor industries. John has co-authored books related to RF design, system engineering and electronics for IEEE, Wiley, and Elsevier. John currently serves as a standard’s editor for Accellera-IEEE. He has been an affiliate professor at Portland State Univ and a lecturer at UC-Irvine.

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