IBM joins the ranks of high-profile technology companies who believe we could be in this chip crisis for at least a few years. Disappointing, I know. It’s the last thing we want to hear from PC gamers, but it’s increasingly resembling tech companies predicting shortages until 2022/2023.
I won’t waste your time reviewing the lack of chips in too much detail. Most, if not all, reading this will be painfully aware of how difficult it is to buy a graphics card today. Last year was a perfect storm for the shortage of PC games, with few signs of stopping.
Jim Whitehurst, president of IBM, told the BBC (via The guardian) that we will be waiting for supply for a while because it takes a long time to build new fab.
“There’s only a big gap between when a technology is developed and when (a fabulous one) goes into construction and when chips come out,” Whitehurst said.
"Honestly, we're looking at a couple of years … before we get enough incremental capacity online to alleviate all aspects of the chip shortage."
Whitehurts' comments closely reflect what Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said about the shortage of chips last month.
"We believe we have the ability to help," Gelsinger told al Washington Post. "I think it's going to be a couple of years before you can fully address it. It only takes a couple of years to increase capacity. "
TSMC, too, expressed hesitation in quickly ending the chip crisis. This year there will be no end and maybe at least next.
Not only are PC components limited thanks to this new lack of chips. These are mainly car chips that already have world leaders, including the Biden administration, worrying about the shape of the industry over the next few years. This shortage is likely to lead to a boost in chip production in the United States and Europe alongside the manufacturing plant in Asia, but, as most technology leaders admit, it will be some time before they start removing chips.
At the very least, PC gamers only feel problems with graphics cards and, to a lesser extent, high-end CPUs. Everything else, for now, seems to be stable enough.