When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, demand for tech products suddenly rose, just as it became difficult for chip makers to know how much production capacity they actually needed. Anyone looking to build something with a computer chip in it is facing a global shortage. It affects the production of everything from the obvious, like the rollout of 5G and GPUs, to things you wouldn’t necessarily expect, like trucks and cars. Even big companies like Samsung need to re-evaluate plans to make sure they can get the chips they need.
The problem has gotten so bad that US President Joe Biden has pledged to address it, but industry insiders say the problem will persist for a while. We monitor the latest developments in the deficit policy here and monitor the latest products affected, so stay tuned if you want to stay up to date with the latest delays and changes.