06 Sep 2021 -

Substrates shortage could affect supply for years, WSJ

Supplies of substrates used in some of the most advanced chips are particularly tight, and some industry specialists said they could remain in short supply for years, reports the Wall Street Journal in Mint.

Made up of thin copper wire sandwiched in resin, substrates help transmit user instructions to a computer’s chips and relay the answers. They are necessary because the ultrathin wiring that comes out of chips can’t tolerate a direct soldered connection to a circuit board. Sourcing the products is a priority for chip companies like Intel Corp., Nvidia Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc, writes WSJ.

“Intel Chief Executive Officer Pat Gelsinger discussed his company’s efforts to address substrate shortages in the company’s earnings calls this year—the first time in a decade the topic was featured in any meaningful way in Intel’s quarterly results presentation,” said the report.

Mr. Gelsinger is expecting the chip crunch to last into 2023 as the chip industry, including substrate suppliers, boost capacity.

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