Global shortage in computer chips 'reaches crisis point'


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Apr 17, 2020
Consumers are facing price rises and shortages of products from TVs and mobile phones to cars and games consoles as a global shortage in semiconductors grows.

The shortage in chips, the “brain” within every electronic device in the world, has been steadily worsening since last year.

Initially the problem was only a temporary delay in supplies as factories shut down when the coronavirus pandemic first hit.
However, although production is back to normal, a new surge in demand driven by changing habits fuelled by the pandemic means that it is now reaching crisis point.

Car manufacturers investing in tech-heavy electric vehicles, the boom in sales of TVs and home computers and launch of new games consoles and 5G-enabled mobile phones have all driven demand.

Even the mighty Apple, a $2tn company and the world’s biggest buyer of semiconductors spending $58bn annually, was forced to delay the launch of the much-hyped iPhone 12 by two months last year due to the shortage.


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Malware Hunter
Jul 27, 2015
In recent months, the price of larger TV models has shot up around 30 percent compared to last summer, according to market research company NPD. The jump is a direct result of the current chip crisis and underscores that a fix is more complicated than simply ramping up production. It may also be only a matter of time before other gadgets that use the same circuitry—laptops, tablets, and VR headsets among them—experience similar sticker shock.


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Content Creator
May 13, 2017
For almost a year, there are no GPUs available in my country, NONE. I suspect cryptomining "helped" too. The biggest eshop has only 1 AMD GPU available, everything is sold out! 😰


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Level 31
Jan 28, 2018
There was a period when the factories of companies that held a large share of semiconductors for automobile parts could not produce due to the damage caused by the fire. For the Japanese automobile industry, the impact of this fire is greater than the impact of the corona.


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Nov 10, 2017
One of the biggest laptop makers in the world, Acer, has said the worldwide global chip shortage will continue to have a “severe” impact on its production capabilities until at least the first or second quarter of next year.

The shortage of semi-conductors across the globe has resulted in supply issues for everything from computers, phones and gaming consoles to new cars.

Last week Acer announced a new series of gaming laptops, notebooks, and Chromebooks, due to be on shelves starting in the second half of this year, despite Acer’s co-chief operating officer Tiffany Huang telling Guardian Australia the company was struggling to source enough chips for its products.

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