Visitors look at a silicon wafer display at the SEMICON China trade fair in Shanghai, March 17, 2021. Photo: Reuters Visitors look at a silicon wafer display at the SEMICON China trade fair in Shanghai, March 17, 2021. Photo: Reuters
Visitors look at a silicon wafer display at the SEMICON China trade fair in Shanghai, March 17, 2021. Photo: Reuters
Semiconductors

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Why there is a global semiconductor shortage, how it started, who it is hurting, and how long it could last

  • The shortage was exacerbated by ‘double booking’ from anxious chip buyers, who were concerned about supply chain security amid the US-China tech war
  • Beyond consumer electronics, the tight supply has begun to impact China’s giant home appliance manufacturing sector

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Visitors look at a silicon wafer display at the SEMICON China trade fair in Shanghai, March 17, 2021. Photo: Reuters Visitors look at a silicon wafer display at the SEMICON China trade fair in Shanghai, March 17, 2021. Photo: Reuters
Visitors look at a silicon wafer display at the SEMICON China trade fair in Shanghai, March 17, 2021. Photo: Reuters
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