TAIPEI (Reuters) – Intel Corp’s CEO mentioned on Monday it might take a number of years for a world scarcity of semiconductors to be resolved, an issue that has shuttered some auto manufacturing strains and can be being felt in different areas, together with shopper electronics.
Pat Gelsinger advised a digital session of the Computex commerce present in Taipei that the work-and-study-from-home development in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic had led to a “cycle of explosive development in semiconductors” that has positioned large pressure on international provide chains.
“However whereas the business has taken steps to handle close to time period constraints it might nonetheless take a few years for the ecosystem to handle shortages of foundry capability, substrates and elements.”
Gelsinger had advised The Washington Put up in an interview in mid-April the scarcity was going to take “a few years” to abate, and that it deliberate to start out producing chips inside six to 9 months to handle shortages at U.S. automobile vegetation.
Intel introduced a $20 billion plan in March to develop its superior chip manufacturing capability, constructing two factories in Arizona and opening its vegetation to exterior clients.
“We plan to develop to different areas within the U.S. and Europe, guaranteeing a sustainable and safe semiconductor provide chain for the world,” Gelsinger mentioned, with out elaborating.
Intel’s plans might immediately problem the 2 different corporations on the earth that may take advantage of superior chips – Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) and South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.
The 2 have come to dominate the semiconductor manufacturing enterprise, transferring its centre of gravity from america, the place a lot of the know-how was as soon as invented, to Asia, the place greater than two-thirds of superior chips at the moment are manufactured.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Enhancing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)
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