03 Dec 2020 -

IC shortages set to last, says Foxconn

Shortages of components, especially those ICs fabricated at 8-inch fabs, will not ease until the demand slows down for notebooks, gaming machines and other devices supporting stay-at-home economy, says the chairman of the world’s largest electronics manufacturer, Foxconn (Hon Hai Technology Group).

Shortages for such components have been an issue ever since the onset of the pandemic, which first broke out in China back in 2019 end. These shortages have affected anywhere from LCD driver ICs, power management ICs, and other peripheral ICs as well. Furthermore, a recent surge in infected cases of the virus in regions like the US and Europe has also further fueled the demand for remote working months after the initial lockdowns had been implemented.

This comes at a time when HP Inc. and DELL both disclosed on their earnings calls that they’re seeing PC component shortages.

It’s reported that HP CEO Enrique Lores said, “We exited the quarter with an elevated [PC] backlog and continue to operate with component supply shortages which are expected to constrain our growth through the first half of 2021.”

It’s also reported that DELL are dealing with LCD-related shortages for LCD panels and chips such as timing controllers and display drivers.

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Either through the hundreds of manufacturers we purchase directly from, or the international network of component supply-partners offering full product traceability, Astute Safe-Supply, run by sourcing experts and offers a deeper insight into the global components markets.

With real-time access to the latest listings and prices cultivated through several decades of close supplier partnerships, we are able to spot price disparities and leverage product price variances to deliver cost-effective solutions to customers, whilst ensuring a quality, risk-free supply.

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