Because of the global chip crunch, there has never been a bad time to create a PC. People are sick and tired of the situation, but according to Acer, conditions are improving and will be much improved by the second half of this year.
We’ve also heard of global chip shortages, and the effect on hardware supply and price increases by suppliers. Anything from automobile manufacturing to notebook supply has been affected. As a consequence, we’ve seen the reintroduction of outdated graphics cards like the GTX 1650 and maybe the GTX 1080 Ti. But, of course, the big question is when it will stop.
Some experts say we won’t be able to get out of this mess before 2022, although others, including Qualcomm’s incoming CEO, Cristiano Amon, believe things could change in the second half of this year. Andrew Hou, Acer’s president of Pan-Asian Pacific Operations, shares this more positive outlook.
Hou told reporters in Taipei (via Reuters) that after the shortage issues first emerged in the fourth quarter of 2020, the supply chain has “jumped into action” as vendors seek to fix the issues.
Hou went on to say that the swift intervention could result in improved supplies in the second quarter of the year relative to the first, with much more significant gains in the second half of 2021.
More long-term and short-term attempts are being made to relieve chip shortages. TSMC plans to invest $100 billion in growth and R&D over the next three years, while GlobalFoundries will more than double its investment to $1.5 billion this year. President Biden will also consult with executives from top chipmakers and automakers, including Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger, on April 12 to address semiconductor supply chain concerns.
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