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Taiwan’s Covid-19 Crisis Threatens Global Chip Supply

Taiwan’s Covid-19 Crisis Threatens Global Chip Supply
Having successfully kept the Covid-19 pandemic under control for over a year, Taiwan, the world's largest semiconductor producer, is seeing a sudden surge in infections, which may worsen the global chip shortage. Until early May, Taiwan had recorded zero cases of community transmission of coronavirus for eight months, but there has since been an exponential rise in cases threatening to trigger a lockdown. With only 1% of its population vaccinated and vaccine stocks fast depleting, Taiwan’s government now faces a health emergency, with the potential to disrupt the chip industry that dominates its economy and which is critical to an...

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...

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 Maker TSMC Threatened by Taiwan Water Crisis

Global Chip Maker TSMC Threatened by Taiwan Water Crisis
Chip manufacturers in Taiwan, including TSMC, are buying water by the truckload for some of their foundries, as the island widens restrictions on water supply amid a drought that could worsen the global chip crunch. Taiwan, one of the world's biggest producers of chips, had promised to help the US, Germany and Japan by bridging the shortage of auto chips, but some auto chip makers have already been forced to reduce production. A key hub in the global technology supply chain for giants such as Apple Inc, Taiwan has started to further reduce water supply for factories in central and...

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....

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