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TSMC Warns of Chip Shortage Until 2022

TSMC Warns of Chip Shortage Until 2022
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. has warned that the global semiconductor shortage could last beyond 2021. According to recent reports the chipmaker expects the shortages to ease in the coming quarter. However, in a conference call with investors, Chief Executive C.C. Wei, predicted that the problem will continue until 2022. Meanwhile, TSMC Chief Financial Officer Wendell Huang stated that the company plans to spend about US$30 billion in capacity expansions and upgrades in 2021, up from a previous estimate of US$28 million. TSMC will also spend $100 billion to increase capacity at its fabrication facilities, which are currently operating at "over...

Renesas Fire Threatens Global Chip Supply

Renesas Fire Threatens Global Chip Supply
Japanese firm, Renesas Electronics, a major automotive semiconductor supplier, has warned that a fire at one of its factories could severely impact global semiconductor supplies and force a month-long halt in production. For car makers already tackling supply chain disruptions due to the Covid-19 pandemic and severe storms in Texas, the timing of the fire at the advanced chip plant could not be worse. “We are concerned that there will be a massive impact on chip supplies,” Hidetoshi Shibata, Renesas Chief Executive, said earlier this week. “We will pursue every means possible to minimise the impact.”  The fire started in...

Samsung Warns of Deepening Chip Shortage

Samsung Warns of Deepening Chip Shortage
Samsung, one of the world's largest makers of chips and consumer electronics, has issued another blunt warning to the electronics market amid the global shortage of semiconductor chips. According to recent reports, Samsung warns of a “serious imbalance” in the semiconductor industry, as shortages continue to cause disruption. The tech giant also hinted that the next Galaxy Note smartphone could be delayed until 2022, in order to streamline production lines. “There’s a serious imbalance in supply and demand of chips in the IT sector globally,” Samsung’s co-Chief Executive Officer, Koh Dong-jin, said during an annual shareholder meeting in Seoul. “Despite...

Global Chip Shortage 'Crisis' Hits Car Manufacturers

Global Chip Shortage 'Crisis' Hits Car Manufacturers
In recent weeks, car manufacturers around the world have been hit by a serious a serious shortage of semiconductors, prompting them to halt output, and putting the brakes on their post-pandemic recovery. The problem stems from the convergence of two key factors; the failure to forecast a sudden rebound in demand towards the end of 2020, coupled with the rise in sales of consumer electronic devices throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, such as tablets, laptops, 5G smartphones and gaming consoles. It also highlights the complexity of car companies’ supply chains, in which a single vehicle can require up to 30,000 parts....

European Chip Shortage Threatens China’s Auto Industry

European Chip Shortage Threatens China’s Auto Industry
According to industry officials, a shortage of European-made chips used in automotive manufacturing threatens to disrupt production in China well into 2021, with chip makers announcing that they may raise prices and expand production in response. From computerised engine control for improved fuel economy, to driver assistance systems such as emergency braking, the auto industry has become increasingly dependent on chips - many of them manufactured in Europe. Due to Covid-19 lockdowns, early 2020 saw a slowdown in automotive production, but the industry has seen a resurgence in demand as consumers look to travel in private vehicles rather than using...