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Highlights of the day: TI revamping sales practice

Texas Instruments is revamping the way of selling its products, relying less on distributors. TI earlier this month decided to terminate Avnet's rights to distributing its products starting 2021, and Taiwan-based WPG and WT Micro have just disclosed their distribution partnerships with the US client will also end at the same time. Meanwhile, Apple stands a good chance of leapfrogging Huawei to second place in global handset vendors rankings in fourth-quarter 2019, thanks to significant sales for the iPhone 11 series.

WPG, WT Micro to discontinue sale of TI products: Taiwan-based IC distributors WPG Holdings and WT Microelectronics have disclosed that they will discontinue their Texas Instruments (TI) chip and component offerings starting from 2021 after the US firm terminates their distribution rights.

Apple likely to outrace Huawei in smartphone shipments in 4Q19, says sources: Buoyed by brisk sales of the iPhone 11 lineup, Apple is likely to outrace Huawei to recapture second place in the global smartphone vendor ranking in the fourth quarter of 2019 after losing out to the Chinese rival since the second quarter of 2018, according to market watchers.

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