For over a year, there has been a global chip shortage that has impacted PC sales, but could we be about to come out of the crisis? It is probably too early to tell. What is clear is semiconductor companies like AMD have continued to thrive during this shortage.
According to IC Insight, the 2021 forecast for semiconductor sales is to jump 23% thanks to a 20% rise in unit shipments and a 3% jump in the average selling price (ASP) of chips. The company points out such a rise in the market would be the biggest since 2010.
AMD will enjoy the biggest growth, with a revenue growth forecast of 65% increase, followed by MediaTek (60%), Nvidia (54%), Qualcomm (51%), and SMIC (39%). Intel is missing from that list, with IC Insights predicting -1% decline.
So, what is all this talk about a semiconductor shortage?
Well, the very reason the market is able to make a decade-long best increase is because of that shortage. The market is slowly recovering from the worst global chip shortage ever seen. Both GPU and CPU markets were at all time lows. It is worth noting the recovery is not over yet, despite the forecasted increase.
Microsoft’s Xbox chief said in September the chip shortage will continue to affect manufacturing of devices into 2022:
When I think about, what does it mean to get the parts necessary to build a console today, and then get it to the markets where the demand is, there are multiple kind of pinch points in that process. And I think regretfully it’s going to be with us for months and months, definitely through the end of this calendar year and into the next calendar year.”
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