As we talked about last week, the global supply shortage that affects all kinds of products, from consoles to phones to cars, is due to a lack of semiconductors. More specifically, though, one of the biggest culprits is a shortage of display drivers, a small part that costs around $ 1.
As this Bloomberg report points out, a global shortage of display drivers (and the equally small and previously anonymous power management chip) are two of the more specific parts of the supply chain that are holding back the global production of virtually everything. who has a computer. in that.
The same report also offers a rather interesting update on why we have this shortage, from a pullback in production orders (companies thought the locks would create less demand for computer-related products, not more) to the fact that some of these components are manufactured using outdated production methods to an explosion in the variety and volume of devices that need chips that previously did not.
While we would expect that this massive increase in demand would mean a flood of new factories and improved production capabilities, the real disappointment here for anyone looking for a PS5 or with a new car stuck on a dock somewhere is that the companies responsible for make components just like the display controller is not interested in changing anything anytime soon as’ existing lines are fully depreciated and tuned for near perfect performances, which means basic display controllers can be made for less than a dollar and more advanced versions for not much more. “