The Computer CPUs Shortage

A computer’s core is its CPU. All processing, data storage and retrieval, and other tasks are carried out by the brain. 

A CPU has a lot of essential components that make it function. One factor that determines how quickly it can process information is its clock speed. Another factor that affects how much information can be stored for easy access is cache size. 

Additionally, the CPU has several input and output ports that let it connect with other parts of the computer. These connections let it send information back through an output device, such as a monitor or printer, or receive information from an input device, such as a keyboard or mouse.

The Shortage

Since late 2017, there has been a CPU shortage, and there are no signs that it will end soon. As more people buy laptops and PCs to replace their outdated machines that can’t keep up with modern technology standards, the demand for CPUs surged in 2018. 

Intel’s 14nm production, which was replaced by 10nm in early 2018 and resulted in an inventory backlog since Intel had not anticipated such a high demand from customers, is the primary reason for this CPU scarcity.

The PC industry has been troubled by the CPU shortage for many years. Price growth is being driven by strong demand and a limited supply. 

The top CPU manufacturer in the world, Intel, is having difficulty meeting demand. Due to a lack of raw resources, including silicon wafers and copper, they are manufacturing less than half of what they were in prior years. 

Every level of computing, from desktop PCs to data centers, is impacted by the CPU shortage. There are now not enough processors available to support new products like Apple’s Mac Pro or Microsoft’s Xbox One X due to the restricted supply, which has driven costs up by as much as 40% in certain situations.