Delivery times for some chips have reached two years

Delivery times for some chips have reached two years

According to the American electronics retailer Sourcengine, a shortage of semiconductor processors has led to delivery times for some items of up to 99 weeks (almost two years). In February, the average delivery time for 16-bit processors increased by 15 weeks to 44 weeks compared to October last year. Power electronics can be 37 weeks (more than six months) on the way to the customer.

Image source: TSMC

Image source: TSMC

edition Nikkei Asian Review This statistic is exacerbated by the upward trend in prices. According to Gartner, the cost of the same processors has increased by an average of 15% over the past year. In Japan, technology manufacturers have been forced to reduce production volumes due to chip shortages. In the fourth quarter of last year, 26% fewer air conditioners were produced than two years earlier. The production volume of digital cameras fell by 25%, the car manufacturers had to reduce the production of passenger cars by 16%.

Sony was forced to stop accepting orders for six digital camera models and halt production in 2021 for a total of two months. As a result, the company’s revenue from digital camera sales fell 4% in the fourth quarter. Hiroki Totoki, the company’s chief financial officer, had to say that shortages of certain products will last until fall 2022.

Chipmakers are trying to increase production volume, they have started using 14% more silicon wafers in the past year, and utilization of many production lines is above 90%. At the same time, market participants cannot count on a significant increase in production volumes with mature technical processes. In the 40nm and more mature process segment, production volume grew by just 4%, and 28nm and more modern chips were produced by 13%, according to data from McKinsey & Co.


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