AMD chip shortages abound, as the company expects supply problems into 2021. AMD expects demand to outstrip supply for the entire first half.
AMD had a big 2020, with the release of next-gen gaming consoles using their chips.
There’s also the new graphics card that is in heavy competition with NVIDIA. Even then, AMD chip shortages will stay, according to CEO Lisa Su.
AMD CEO expects “some tightness” in supply
Both Intel and AMD are having issues with chip shortages over the past few years. The rapid growth of technology is creating a shortage of chips to produce. While Intel is tanking harder, AMD is not safe from it.
Lisa Su noted that they are expecting “some tightness” through the first half of 2021. Until additional production capacity goes up, a limited supply of AMD PCs and console chips will be a common issue.
According to Su, the ones who will be most affected by the shortage is the low-end. As companies, especially AMD, will prioritize big-ticket items, low-end CPUs and graphics cards will receive the hit.
Another point of concern for the company is the packaging shortage, which will affect everyone.
It is a supply chain issue that is usually non-consequential but now affects the release of chips in the future.
With the outbreak of COVID-19, many companies are expecting the shortages. For example, Microsoft CFO Tim Stuart notes that they expect Xbox X/S shortages until Q2 2021.
“I think we’ll continue to see supply shortages as we head into the post-holiday quarter, so Microsoft’s Q3, calendar Q1,” Stuart noted to VGC. “And then when we get to Q4 [calendar Q2], all of our supply chain continuing to go full speed heading into… the pre-summer months.”
AMD chips needed for RDNA2 electronics
AMD chip shortages are a concern for everyone, especially those that depend on the RDNA2 architecture.
Among the ones most affected are the consoles, which only launched in November. They are likely looking towards a sustained push to continue profits.
Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer, for example, noted in an interview about talks with Lisa Su.
He checked what can be done to get more supply going, as Xbox hinges on the existence of such a collection.
“It’s just really down to physics and engineering,” informed Spencer. “We’re not holding them back, we’re building them as fast as we can. We have all of the assembly lines going.”
AMD chip shortages will last, and there is nothing fans or companies can do about it. The only move available right now is to be patient and wait.
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