Acer: Shortages for mid-end products are easing

Posted on Thursday, Apr 08 2021 @ 12:55 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Another day, another article about chip shortages. This time there are some comments from Andrew Hou, Acer’s president for Pan-Asia Pacific Operations.

Acer: Things are getting better for mid-range PCs

Yesterday, we wrote that the supply of Intel's latest chips may soon be affected by substrate shortages. The current volume of Rocket Lake-S processors was manufactured last quarter and word on the street is that Intel is unable to get enough supply of substrates to meet the demand for its processors. This is expected to have an impact on the supply of processors later this quarter.

Acer's Hou on the other hand thinks things are slowly improving. Reuters writes that Hou told reporters that the supply chain has "jumped into action" to alleviate shortages. The senior executive says shortages of mid-range products for the consumer market are already easing and will get much better in the second half of this year.
Hou said he expected better supplies in the second quarter compared with the first quarter of this year, and that the situation in the second half will be better than the second quarter.

“That’s what we are seeing at the moment,” he added.

The shortage stems from a confluence of factors as carmakers, which shut plants during the COVID-19 pandemic last year, compete against the sprawling consumer electronics industry for chip supplies.
Hopefully, supply and demand will balance soon.

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