January 22, 2022

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PC Desktop and Notebook Component Shortages Reportedly Easing

Continued chip shortages have affected sales of various hardware, including PCs, servers, and smartphones. While all foundries began expanding their production capacities in 2021, increased output will only come online in 2023 or later. With that said, it is hard to expect the entirety of shortages of chips to end soon. However, some good news is that the tight supply of certain desktop and notebook PC components is easing.  

TrendForce reports that starting from November 2021 material shortages for PCs were partially alleviated, which allowed PC ODMs to increase their volume sales in Q4 2021. The components that are in short supply today are SSD controllers with a PCIe 3.0 interface (which are entry-level/mainstream drives these days) as well as fairly new parts used for PCs powered by Intel’s latest 12th Generation Core ‘Alder Lake’ processors. These parts currently have lead time of 8 – 12 weeks. Meanwhile, the supply of inexpensive high-volume chips like power management ICs (PMICs), Wi-Fi controllers, and USB Type-C and power delivery controllers is improving. 

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