Wired, TVs, laptops, and tablets are in great demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has also exacerbated the tight supply of semiconductors, leading to soaring prices of some products. First of all The TV is affected.
According to market research firm NPD, the price of large-size TVs has soared by about 30% in recent months compared with last summer. This is a direct result of the current chip crisis, and solving the problem is more complicated than simply increasing output. It may only be a matter of time before laptops, tablets, and VR headsets experience similar price increases.
Although the entire semiconductor industry is experiencing tight supply, those integrated circuits related to displays have greater challenges. Because their manufacturing process is not particularly advanced, these circuits are usually manufactured by chip factories that are several generations behind cutting-edge technology.
Since chip makers focus on building more advanced manufacturing plants to produce more valuable components, there is little incentive to invest in the capacity of older facilities. Even in the case of a surge in demand, it is impossible to produce more products.
Various devices have been affected by the shortage of chips, but at the consumer level, products that need to display integrated circuits first felt the impact and the most serious impact.
Although this is only one type of integrated circuit, its impact is widespread. Paul Gagnon, senior research director for consumer devices at analytics company Omdia, said: “Anything with a built-in screen will be affected by these price increases. He said this includes PC manufacturers who can avoid the increase by selling devices at the same price. Price, but it will be simpler in other aspects, such as less memory.”
Many experts predict that the shortage of semiconductors will last for more than a year, which may lead to a re-division of the global chip manufacturing landscape. This shortage highlights the importance of chip manufacturing to many industries, and the most advanced chips are critical to progress in key areas such as artificial intelligence, 5G, and military technology.