President Biden to address global semiconductor shortage affecting Xbox Series X|S and others
Congress wants to prevent a global semiconductor shortage from happening again.
What you need to know
- The Xbox Series X|S have both been afflicted by an ongoing semiconductor supply shortage worldwide.
- The shortage makes it difficult for Microsoft, Sony, NVIDIA, car manufacturers, and many more to keep up with demand.
- President Biden is reportedly planning to sign an executive order to review and investigate various supply chains and sectors.
- The plan is to prevent future semiconductor shortages from happening by diversifying domestic supply chains and production.
While the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are both impressive consoles, they have been notoriously difficult to find. Increased demand due to the ongoing pandemic is a crucial component, but the most significant factor in supply issues for Xbox Series X|S has been a global semiconductor shortage affecting many companies and industries around the world. AMD's CEO indicated that these shortages won't end any time soon, leaving many potential buyers without their console.
According to a report from Reuters, President Biden has met with Congressman to discuss signing an executive order addressing this global chip shortage. While the executive order would likely do little to fix the current issues plaguing Microsoft, Sony, NVIDIA, AMD, and even car manufacturers like Ford, it would work to prevent a shortage like this from happening in the future.
The executive order would launch a 100-day review of semiconductor supply chains, batteries for electric vehicles, rare minerals, and pharmaceuticals. There would also be six broader sector reviews aimed at investigating and fixing issues with defense, public health, communications technology, transportation, energy, and food production.
The end goal of this executive order is to diversify America's supply chains and production, and to rely less on importing key goods into the country.
For now, it's still hard to get your hands on an Xbox Series X|S. Fortunately, we keep close track of where to buy the Xbox Series X|S, so you can jump on opportunities to purchase Microsoft's elusive next-gen consoles the moment they become available.
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Step two: regularly invest in developing better production processes. TMSC did both.
Intel slacked on step two.
It would help if there were more local players actively competing.
There is no need for a study (at great expense, as usual) to tell us what we already know.
Something this "study" will do nothing about.
There are no "US Companies", only multi-national organizations that chase the lowest production costs to whatever location they can.
Capital is global, as is labor, and production facilities. They seek the lowest costs. Period.
Intel makes most of their chips in Indonesia and Malaysia and Guatemala and other South American countries (just look at them, it's printed right on them.)
IBM sold off their chip foundries when they no longer had a 300% profit margin.
Texas Instruments was broken up and sold off decades ago. As was Fairchild Semiconductor, Analog Devices, etc.,
Even companies like 3M used to make chips here. No more. There IS NO real US Semiconductor Manufacturing business anymore. Sure Intel keeps a few factories running, but that is also mostly for tax purposes and high-profit ASICs.
Companies like AMD and Nvidia and Intel and Apple only have headquarters in the US for Tax Purposes (and the convenience of their executives.)
They have no loyalties to anyone, just to their current stock prices.
The Chinese followed the old Vladimir Lenin statement: "The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them." and now they control our supply chains, and they know it.
It will take DECADES to build new factories, and changes in environmental laws (note which countries Intel manufactures most of it's chips in. That is not a coincidence that they ALL have lax environmental laws. Chip-making is a very dirty business requiring large amounts of water, power, and it produces tons of toxic waste.) It also takes MASSIVE Capital Investments. A new chip fab costs an average of $4-6 Billion to build and get into production.