The lack of chips meant additional work for engineers
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The lack of chips meant additional work for engineers – projects are delayed, components are changed

Avnet company released the results of a study trying to find out how engineers around the world are dealing with the chip shortage, how the situation is affecting lead time and how the end product needs to be changed. 530 specialists from Europe, the Middle East and Africa (56%), the USA (31%) and Asia (12%) were surveyed.

Image source: cnx-software.com

Image source: cnx-software.com

98% of respondents said access to electronic components has become significantly more difficult, 93% noted an increase in delivery times, 73% said the situation has made work significantly more difficult, and 64% now need to identify parts based on their actual Selection select availability and not their own preferences.

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Microcontrollers have become the biggest shortage – they have to be bought from alternative sources, which takes extra time, and fakes flood the market. 55% of hardware designers said they had to redesign their boards due to bottlenecks, and 53% were lucky enough to find compatible alternatives with different specifications – better or worse. Replacing hardware often means hiring software engineers, and 35% of respondents said they had to change firmware and 24% modified software.

Chip shortages have driven many projects forward, with 49% of projects being delayed by 3 to 6 months and 5% of delays lasting more than a full year. Pessimism prevails among engineers: 85% say that projects will have to be postponed in the future and 81% believe that prices will increase in the next year and a half.

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