The stream shortage of chips has made life hell for anyone looking to buy a new CPU or GPU this year, and there’s bad news: Intel’s CEO warns it will last until 2023.
Intel, one of the world’s largest processor makers and a future rival in the GPU market from 2022, has warned that the COVID effect on the global supply chain is here to stay. “COVID has disrupted supply chains, making it negative,” said Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Intel. Nikkei Asia.
“Demand has exploded 20% year over year and disrupted supply chains have created a huge gap… and this explosion in demand has persisted,” he said. “Building that capacity to meet rising demand just takes time. “
With the rise of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and the need for semiconductors in virtually everything, the supply of laptops, PCs, mobile phones, and even cars was massively affected. Intel’s response – which stems mainly from their historic issues with their own semiconductor factories that have struggled to keep pace – has been to invest more than $ 20 billion in new infrastructure, including a new plant in Malaysia for $ 7.1 billion. The Malaysian plant is expected to create 4,000 new jobs and will work alongside planned Intel factories under construction in Arizona and New Mexico.
Gelsinger said it will take another three years before production begins at the new factories, and her comments echo those of AMD CEO Anna Su, who expects the shortage to continue until at least until end of 2022.
AMD has also felt the effects of the shortage, which has impacted the production of the company’s Zen 3 refresh and upcoming Zen 4 processors.