Intel 14nm CPU shortage leads to higher prices

Posted on Thursday, Sep 06 2018 @ 13:52 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Evidence is emerging in the retail channel of the shortage of Intel's 14nm processors. Tom's Hardware writes they're seeing increased prices and spotty availability for some models. Furthermore, Intel's partners are complaining about unavailable chipsets. The site reports the launch of Intel's 9000-series is likely going to be a quasi-paper launch, similar to the Coffee Lake situation from a year ago. And instead of getting better, it seems the situation is worsening as Intel's 14nm fans have trouble keeping up with increased demand:
Intel is known to prioritize high-volume customers, like large OEM and ODMs, during supply shortfalls, meaning it diverts limited supply to high-volume customers first. Intel's struggles to fill those prioritized orders could be an ominous sign for the retail market.


All of these factors suggest the shortage could become more severe. That could also mean the much-anticipated 9000-series launch will mirror the Coffee Lake launch last year, with rampant shortages and sky-high pricing being the norm for the first few months.
Intel confirmed the 14nm shortfall during its July earnings call. The chip giant identified meeting additional demand as one of the biggest challenges for the second half of this year.

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