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MemberOctober 11, 2021 at 7:18 am
It’s not old chips that are the problem. Old chips are produced on old production lines that aren’t used for state of the art chips. The explanation for the chip shortage that you hear is that when covid hit the auto companies all cut back on their orders figuring that if people couldn’t go anywhere they wouldn’t be buying new cars. The consumer electronics companies did the opposite, figuring that if people couldn’t leave their house they would want a new PC, phone, tablet, TV or game console. The world only has two state of the art foundry companies, TSMC and Samsung, plus Intel which is the primary provider of chips for PCs. They have only so much capacity to build 5nm-14nm chips which are what’s used in most advanced electronics. New chip plants cost billions of dollars and take a couple of years to build which is why they haven’t been able to increase capacity quickly.