The global chip shortage has been going on for entirety of 2021, keeping electronics in hot demand off store shelves, prices riding high, and scalpers making a living out of your desperation. While seemingly everything's been affected to one degree or another, GPUs have been among the hardest hit, together with latest-generation consoles like the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5. In the smartphone world, some phone companies have had to plan around this chip shortage in order to actually sell their devices, as CPU-daddy Qualcomm has been among those impacted. And while the situation seemed to have been getting better for a while, with GPU prices even going slightly down for a bit, now it all might be about to spiral back out of control. Read More
Qualcomm is struggling to meet a demand surge for its Snapdragon chipsets with multiple supply challenges affecting its production strategy. The ripple effects could bring more priority to the premium tier at the expense of more affordable devices and longer waits for orders. Read More
We've all heard the rumors surrounding the shortage of Eee Pad Transformers, but now an ASUS spokesperson has come forward to let us all know the real deal: demand. One would assume that a company like ASUS would be able to predict that putting out the most economical device in its category would generate a lot of demand, but apparently it doesn't work that way.
ASUS spokesperson David Chang said that they would be dropping 100,000 Transformers in May, with an additional 200,000 to be shipped in June. If that still doesn't meet demand, Chang said that they would "have to continue to ramp up production in order to fulfill our customers' demand." Read More