Chips slump: found the culprit
The current chip market is facing an unprecedented crisis, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic that swept across the world last year. This has led to a rather marked shortage of electronic components, primarily video cards, whose prices have skyrocketed, but, nowadays, any (or almost) product needs electronic components inside. Apart from the sector of PCs, servers, notebooks and game consoles, everyone now has other smart devices at home, such as speakers, cleaning robots or lamps, not to mention cars, equipped with increasingly modern systems.
According to a recent report by DigiTimes, as reported by Windows Central and WinFuture, several Taiwanese manufacturers of electronic products have identified a responsible: Texas Instruments. In fact, the company, also known several years ago at the consumer level for its excellent calculators, produces analog chips necessary for tasks such as regulating the voltage of PCs, truly indispensable components. According to sources, Texas Instruments was completely unable to increase production and this, in a chain, caused the shortage of all the other chips that needed those components.
At the moment, this is just a guess, but it will be interesting to see how the story will evolve now that it has been put in the spotlight. Last summer Micron announced it had entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Lehi, Utah factory to Texas Instruments for $ 900 million. The plant, previously intended for the production of 3D XPoint memories, will be used for the production of 65 and 45 nm chips.