The current global shortage of chips has put the PC component on the brink. We have seen price rises and panic across the industry; there have even been reports of people smuggling silicon across borders tying CPUs to their bodies. And the pressure doesn’t seem to be rising anytime soon, as STMicro’s CEO is joining his 2023 forecast.
Apparently aligned with the forecasts of Intel, IBM and TSMC – which placed the culmination of the chip crisis in late 2022 / early 2023 – the president and CEO of the European chip maker, STMicroelectronics, Jean-Marc Chery, is confident things will return to normal, but "not before the first half of 2023."
According to Reuters, Chery believes that improvements in the chip supply situation will occur gradually over 2022. But in the first half of 2023, we should see supply and demand finally balance.
In the interview, Chery addresses the gravity of the situation and notes that "it was not like in the past, when everyone expected Microsoft to launch a new operating system that would drive the demand for many more computers." He explains, "What we have is global change."
As creators of gamers and PCs, we are now all too aware of the difficulties of acquiring components. Fortunately, it seems that semiconductor manufacturers are at least aligned as to when the shortage will completely decrease. Will it really be like that? It's hard to say.
As we have discovered, the market is quite fragile.