Lead times for key semiconductor manufacturing equipment has been extended to a year and a half or more, as unprecedented parts shortages and tight supply chains have battered the semiconductor equipment industry, reports Nikkei Asia.
Manufacturers such as Applied Materials, KLAC, Lam Research, and ASML have notified customers that some key machines must wait up to 18 months, as many parts are in short supply including microcontrollers, electronic modules, lenses, valves, and engineering plastics, reports Nikkei.
At the same time, demand from chip makers has surged: all the big players including TSMC, UMC, Intel and Samsung Electronics plan to ramp up production providing but the extended lead times may affect those plans.
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