Chip shortages expected until 2024 says Intel CEO

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The global chip shortage will continue to be a problem for another two years, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger believes, with semiconductor issues expected until 2024.

The global semiconductor shortage is continuing to squeeze the electronics industry by limiting the manufacture of chips. While efforts are being made to try and improve the situation, Intel's CEO doesn't think supplies will ease anytime soon.

In an interview with CNBC, Gelsinger thinks shortages will hang around until 2024, with limited availability of manufacturing tools impacting the ability to expand production and meet demand.

"That's part of the reason that we believe the overall semiconductor shortage will now drift into 2024, from our earlier estimates in 2023, just because the shortages have now hit equipment and some of those factory ramps will be more challenged," the CEO said.

Gelsinger's comments follow after Intel revealed its latest quarterly earnings of $18.35 billion in revenue. However, shares took a beating in trading due to a lower-than-expected forecast.

Like other chip makers, Intel is working to ease the problem, including heavy investment in facilities in the U.S. and Europe. "We've really invested in those equipment relationships, but that will be tempering the build-out capacity for us and everybody else, but we believe we're positioned better than the rest of the industry," Gelsinger insisted.

Gelsinger's 2024 prediction is pessimistic, but other companies have also offered observations that the shortages will last for quite a while.

In November, Apple assembly parter Foxconn warned the shortages could last until the second half of 2022. Meanwhile in January, the White House concluded that the shortages could last until at least the latter half of 2022, with the supply chain deemed "fragile" at the time.

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  • Reply 1 of 6
    netroxnetrox Posts: 1,221member
    And this is exactly why Apple is done with Intel. 

    Apple manages to deliver as fast as possible and clearly gets ahead. Even if Apple has to delay by a year, they would be still way ahead.
  • Reply 2 of 6
    Morris Chang said US plant won't work. Gelsinger has no solution.
  • Reply 3 of 6
    chasmchasm Posts: 2,529member
    I'd argue that a North American plant could work (largely thanks to tax breaks from the US government), but would never be as profitable as a China/Taiwan/India/et al plant. For image (and perhaps stability/security) purposes, though, Apple and Intel and others are likely to put at least some effort into NA chip manufacturing -- once chip-fab equipment becomes more readily available again, which won't be for a while.
  • Reply 4 of 6
    raymondairaymondai Posts: 34member
    Intel, then what is the purpose of your own Fab? You run it, invest it, or it(7nm?) over decade, now you are just finding an excuse for the slump in the coming years.
    The profit margin and the quantity demand by Apple are capable to buy up the most of the TSMC advanced productivity, you can’t gain the market share and raise the price of your fastest but power hunger and HOT chip, and I don’t even mention your rival, AMD.
    hmm.. if Apple release a “special edition” M-chip into the open market or 3rd parties, to establish a platform (wintel), it may relief your shortage problem.XD  
  • Reply 5 of 6
    9secondkox29secondkox2 Posts: 1,394member
    Sounds like it’s a great time to start making much more of these items in the USA. 

    Other countries are milking the “pandemic” and charging upward. 

    There should be no shortages past this summer. If the USA manufactured much more of its own semiconductors en masse, a lot of this would be a non issue. Sad that a company that solely makes processors can’t get its act together to create a solution. This is a time when leaders are needed. Apparently Intel just doesn’t have that ability. 
    edited May 1
  • Reply 6 of 6
    kennmsrkennmsr Posts: 99member
    Morris Chang said US plant won't work. Gelsinger has no solution.
    Since the 80s the US has lost over half of its Fab capacities and the Engineers and skilled workers that worked there. Within 35 miles of my residence we had four different Fab facilities employing thousands of Engineers and skilled workers, today there are none.
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