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Starving for more chips in a tech-hungry world

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By MICHAEL LIEDTKE and TOM KRISHER

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Americans are short on computer chips, less so, chocolate chips and potato chips

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I need a new iPad. None available.

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Come to China we have a lot of iPAD and laptops, no shortage here.

Ups I forgot you guys have no factories in America.

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Love to come to China to buy a new iPad. The only country that bet the Covid19. But maybe Chinese will think I’m American and that I will spread the virus?

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We need to produce other chips with three-digit logic. Such systems are faster and more efficient - this is what science and mathematics say. Don't put on a sail - the steamer will still be faster. Many want to stop progress for their own benefit. But no one ever succeeded. Chips with ternary logic - invested a million, received a billion.

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Bloomberg News has a good article explaining it with graphics

"How a Chip Shortage Snarled Everything From Phones to Cars"

https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2021-semiconductors-chips-shortage/

This is another key bottleneck. Just three or four foundries now account for the majority of global chip fabrication—TSMC and Samsung and their more distant rivals, California-based Globalfoundries Inc., controlled by Abu Dhabi’s investment arm, and United Microelectronics Corp. Looking at it another way, an estimated 91% of the contract chipmaking business is housed within Asia, the lion’s share of which is divided between just two regions: Taiwan and South Korea, home to TSMC and Samsung, respectively.

According to Bloomberg supply-chain estimates, 25% of all TSMC’s business comes from Apple, the highest-profile client it directly manufactures chips for. However, TSMC’s importance lies in the critical role it plays in the entire semiconductor supply chain; it also manufactures chips for other chipmakers or for fabless chip designers, such as Broadcom, Qualcomm, Nvidia, AMD or Texas Instruments. They are in turn supplying the world’s biggest consumer electronics, communications equipment and auto parts companies.

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