Global silicon chip shortage hits supply of phones, TVs, cars and Australia's NBN

The Guardian 

A global shortage of one crucial piece of technology is causing delays in everything from cars and televisions to video game consoles and Australia's National Broadband Network rollout. A temporary shutdown in the production of silicon computer chips at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as severe storms in Texas causing more recent delays, has caused worldwide chip shortages, with a knock-on effect for the production of phones, laptops and even automobiles. Samsung, which is the largest manufacturer of computer chips in the world, as well as one of the biggest users, has said the chip shortage comes amid rising demand for consumer electronics during the pandemic. "There's a serious imbalance in supply and demand of chips in the IT sector globally," the company's co-chief executive, Koh Dong-jin, said. Samsung has indicated it could delay the release of the next Galaxy Note smartphone until 2022 as a result of the shortage.

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