Tag: Semiconductor Shortage

  1. The Key to Easing Future Shortages Lies at Home

    The Key to Easing Future Shortages Lies at Home

    U.S. domestic production of semiconductors is at an all-time low. In the 1990s, the U.S. share of manufacturing capacity was once 37%. Now, it is a small 12%. The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has been aware of this gap and is commending actions made by the Biden Administration to rectify it.     

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  2. Electronic Component Distributors Are Invaluable in Uncertain Times

    Electronic Component Distributors Are Invaluable in Uncertain Times

    The last few years have been a bit of a kerfuffle for everyone. Normal has a new definition regarding a post-Covid-19 pandemic world. The pandemic isn’t even truly over. The complications born from the pandemic, likewise, are long-lasting, such as the global semiconductor chip shortage.  

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  3. Has the Semiconductor Shortage Impacted Demand for Electric Vehicles?

    Has the Semiconductor Shortage Impacted Demand for Electric Vehicles?

    If it has electric in the name, chips are a guarantee. Most of the items we interact with daily utilize chips in some capacity. How many chips a device may need varies depending on size, function, and other factors. Automotive vehicles—cars—require a large amount to perform numerous, complex functions. Electric vehicles (EVs) require even more.  

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  4. How Will China’s Covid-19 Lockdowns and the War in Ukraine Affect the Global Chip Shortage?

    How Will China’s Covid-19 Lockdowns and the War in Ukraine Affect the Global Chip Shortage?

    The Covid-19 pandemic brought plenty of firsts. One of those firsts was the long shortages. Coffee, masks, hand sanitizer, and, of course, toilet paper all suffered from shortages. It’s no surprise that after two years of global supply chain crises, most people are weary of the word “shortage.” 

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  5. Time for a Check-In: How Are We Doing with Lead Times and the Shortage?

    Time for a Check-In: How Are We Doing with Lead Times and the Shortage?

    After a year of natural disasters, Covid-19 variants and lockdowns, all peppered with geopolitical tension, what’s in the forecast for 2022? Just three months into the new year, industry experts have tentatively forecasted what to expect in the third year into global shortage. While most agree that the shortage will continue throughout 2022 and into 2023, there’s a consensus that 2023 should mark the end. 

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  6. Japan Semiconductor Plants Suffer Another Setback Second Year in A Row

    Japan Semiconductor Plants Suffer Another Setback Second Year in A Row

    On March 16th, 2022, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan’s Fukushima prefecture. The quake cut off power to millions of people, according to a report by CNN, with over 100 people injured and 4 killed. A tsunami warning was put into effect but lifted Thursday morning after no abnormalities were detected at any of Japan’s nuclear plants.

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  7. How is the War in Ukraine Affecting the Global Chip Shortage?

    How is the War in Ukraine Affecting the Global Chip Shortage?

    The world’s supply chains are highly-interconnected and fragile beasts. They are prone to disruptions from crises and conflicts no matter where they strike in the world. The best example of this problem? When the initial lockdowns in China began at the start of the pandemic. What followed was the 2020-2022 global semiconductor shortage. 

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  8. Biden Calls on Congress to Put Chip Production Front and Center

    Biden Calls on Congress to Put Chip Production Front and Center

    “Made in America” was an overarching theme in President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. “That means make more cars,” he clarified, “and semiconductors in America. More infrastructure and innovation in America. More goods moving faster and cheaper in America. More jobs where you can earn a good living in America.”

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  9. Global Shortages Are a Counterfeiter’s Paradise

    Global Shortages Are a Counterfeiter’s Paradise

    The 2020-2022 chip shortage came with a lot of eye-opening information. We learned that the global supply chain is way more vulnerable than we thought. That the demand for smarter technology is only going to increase. That the future is unpredictable and the definition of normal is always set to change. And that the electronics sector, arguably, learned one of the most important lessons.

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  10. 2021: The Year of the Electronic Component Shortage

    2021: The Year of the Electronic Component Shortage

    What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear 2021?  The Covid-19 vaccine rollout? The Tokyo Olympics? NASA’s rover Perseverance landing on Mars? All are excellent answers. All are major events that happened over the course of 2021. This includes an ongoing event that made headlines throughout the year: the global semiconductor shortage.

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