The global chip shortage is worrying tech giants like Samsung, the largest semiconductor manufacturer in the world.
“There is a serious imbalance in the chip supply and demand chain in the IT sector globally,” said Koh Dong-jin, co-CEO of Samsung at a shareholders’ meeting.
Samsung itself delayed the launch of the new model Galaxy Note for next year and should only launch the Galaxy S21 as top of the line this year. Koh said it could be “difficult to launch” the model and that it could be a burden to have two smartphones top of the line in the same year.
The global semiconductor deficit is caused by the explosion gives demand for electronics and vehicles. At first, automakers canceled semiconductor acquisition contracts, reducing demand. When car purchases rose again, there was a greater search for equipment of this type that was not accompanied by the offer.
Meanwhile, supply bottlenecks related to the pandemic have exacerbated the problem, which has led chip makers to invest billions of dollars in new units to deal with the tightening, but the outlook is expected to worsen until the situation is alleviated.
The demand for sophisticated electronic equipment is high, which impacts the market. THE Applelast year, it delayed the announcement of new iPhones and consoles such as Xbox and PlayStation 5 are out of stock soon after the announcement of the arrival of the products.
According to Counterpoint Research, manufacturers are working hard to cope with demand, but it will take time for investments to supply the chain. “This could mean a shortage of some products for several months, possibly even in 2022,” Peter Richardson, an analyst at the research firm, told the BBC.