16 Nov 2020 -
 General

Power management chips are latest in reported IC shortages

The shortage of power management chips (PWM IC) is being reported as “particularly severe”, as the supply of ICs produced with 8-inch wafer fabrication tightens around the globe, reports DigiTimes.

“The IC shortages are delaying shipments of end-market devices that are badly needed to support stay-at-home activities. In response to the robust demand, Microsoft has increased orders for its Surface series notebooks with its ODMs.”

Acccording to DigiTimes, Foxconn Technology chairman Young Liu say the shortages of ICs fabricated at 8-inch fabs will not ease until terminal market demand slows down for notebooks, gaming machines and other devices supporting stay-at-home economy.

Liu said IC components have been in short supply due partly to insufficient wafer capacity support for chips vendors and partly to persistent strong pandemic-driven demand for stay-at-home applications.

Components shortages have haunted the electronics supply chains since the Covid-19 broke out in China early 2020, ranging from mechanical components and power supply initially to LCD driver ICs, power management ICs and other peripheral ICs recently, says DigiTimes.

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