The rapid spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in the People’s Republic of China and other Asia-Pacific Rim countries threatens to derail the trillion-dollar global electronics industry, according to a report by Aberdeen Group, a leading IT market analysis and positioning services firm.

With the health epidemic growing across Asia, manufacturing disruptions, travel bans, and transportation delays related to SARS jeopardize the availability of semiconductors, electronic components, low-level assemblies, and system product sourced in the PRC and nearby countries.

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