Visitors look at a display of a semiconductor wafer at SEMICON China, a trade fair in Shanghai, China, March 17, 2021. Photo: Reuters/Aly Song Visitors look at a display of a semiconductor wafer at SEMICON China, a trade fair in Shanghai, China, March 17, 2021. Photo: Reuters/Aly Song
Visitors look at a display of a semiconductor wafer at SEMICON China, a trade fair in Shanghai, China, March 17, 2021. Photo: Reuters/Aly Song
Craig Addison
Opinion

Opinion

Craig Addison

Why the semiconductor shortage hitting cars and smartphones won’t be the last

  • The last big supply chain shock was 10 years ago when the Fukushima earthquake damaged operations at Renesas Electronics, the No 3 supplier of auto chips
  • Besides higher manufacturing costs, the other factor working against second sourcing is consolidation in the chip industry

Visitors look at a display of a semiconductor wafer at SEMICON China, a trade fair in Shanghai, China, March 17, 2021. Photo: Reuters/Aly Song Visitors look at a display of a semiconductor wafer at SEMICON China, a trade fair in Shanghai, China, March 17, 2021. Photo: Reuters/Aly Song
Visitors look at a display of a semiconductor wafer at SEMICON China, a trade fair in Shanghai, China, March 17, 2021. Photo: Reuters/Aly Song
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Craig Addison

Craig Addison

Craig Addison has covered Asia technology since 1992. He joined the Post in 2013.