The Great Chip Shortage of 2021: September 13th 2022 - MUG Meeting
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The Great Chip Shortage of 2021
What do the buyers of a high-end GPU, or a capable motherboard or laptop, a new car or even a laundry dryer all have in common? All these consumers – which might include you – have to wait for perhaps a week for a common CPU, a few weeks for a dryer, a month for that blistering GPU, two months for those fancy cars, when just a few years ago it could be a matter of days. And whether it’s Lenovo, ASUS, WhirlPool/Maytag, or GM/Ford/etc, all these companies in turn wait for the chips from the semiconductor foundries to finish what you are waiting for.
The great chip shortage, the subject of this talk, is a very current topic of discussion, in which the demand for integrated circuits is greater than the supply, impacting several industries and has led to major shortages and queues amongst consumers for video cards, video game consoles, cars and other electrical devices. This talk will give some background information plus a historical perspective as well.
Disclaimer: “We are not soothsayers, just researchers and purveyors of the facts."
Sharan Kalwani is an industry technology specialist with 25+ years of experience. Sharan has degrees in both Engineering and Computer Science. He has worked in many diverse areas. He is a sought-after speaker at many a tech conferences and seminars, such as Supercomputing, HPC Advisory Council, SIAM, Infiniband Trade Association, ASME, INCOSE, etc. He has delivered several tutorials, workshops, and chaired Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) sessions.
Sharan is a senior member of IEEE, an Emeritus member of mug.org, member of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and also leads SEMCO. He enjoys teaching, holds an Adjunct Faculty position at local educational sites. He has published one book and is now working on his second. He is a recipient of the IEEE National MGA Achievement award for his contributions to IEEE activities in 2018, the 2021 Jack Sherman Outstanding member award by IEEE Region 4 and the late Robert Neff Southeastern Michigan Section award in 2022.
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