Industry facing tight PC component supply

— 10:29 AM on October 23, 2006

Following multiple reports that the distribution channel is being starved of AMD processors, DigiTimes now says supply problems are affecting Intel and other manufacturers. Quoting the Economic Daily News, the site says global supply of PC components like batteries, processors, memory, and integrated circuits has been thinning since the middle of this month. Part of this report has been echoed by Acer VP Kalvin Chang, who complains that supply of both AMD and Intel chips is "running tight." The supply problems prompted Acer's Chairman J.T. Wang to pay a visit to the U.S. in order to secure supply of components.

However, according to Taiwanese notebook IC designers, reports of processor shortages are a result of PC makers stocking up for the holiday season. The designers add that none of their customers are worried about shipment schedules. In response to reports of notebook processor shortages earlier this month, Intel also recently stated that it "now has the issue under control."

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