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Unfortunately, the parts shortage which has been happening since the beginning of 2020 is still with us and is likely to be with us for some time. 

Nvidia’s CFO Colette Kress explained that the company expects demand to “continue to exceed supply for much of this year”. Similarly, chip manufacturer TSMC, who makes processors for Apple, Qualcomm, and AMD, has warned that shortages could continue into 2022. Intel’s chief executive, Pat Gelsinger, says the worst is yet to come and that we may have to wait a year or two until supplies return to normal. Glenn O’Donnell, a vice president research director at Forrester, believes the shortage could last until 2023. The general consensus is that the world will have to grapple with the crisis for longer yet.

The semiconductor shortage, what some are calling “chipageddon”, has affected a variety of industries. Manufacturers of graphics cards, kitchen appliances, phones, cars, computers, and games consoles struggle to get a hold of semiconductors essential to electronic devices. You can learn more about the origins of the semiconductor shortage here

Chipageddon continues

“Chipageddon” is a result of a variety of factors. Coronavirus lockdowns in China caused production to reduce significantly for a period of months at a time when demand for everything that kept us entertained during lockdowns, such as TVs, games consoles, phones, and other electronics, skyrocketed. It is the perfect storm, and it’s meant that prices of electronics have increased, and almost everyone will be affected by it in some way, shape, or form. 

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Stockpiling and new cryptocurrency increase demand

The situation shows no signs of abating just yet. Stockpiling has made the situation worse for firms that are struggling to get hold of precious chips. Some Chinese companies which have been affected by sanctions have taken to stockpiling in-demand chips in an attempt to ride out the crisis, intensifying the crisis for companies all over the world.

Stockpiling isn’t the only thing causing significant increases in demand. The cryptocurrency Chia, which was launched in May of this year, caused SSD demand to skyrocket. Chia relies on storage rather than processing performance to mine, and crypto-fanatics were keen to buy up huge amounts of storage to mine the cryptocurrency. 

Manufacturers desperately search for a solution

Chipageddon is causing chaos for industries all over the world, and the leading semiconductor manufacturers are working hard to improve the supply of products. For example, The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., one of the leading advanced semiconductor suppliers, is planning to spend approximately $100 billion over the next three years to increase its capacity to meet demand.

Find the right solution with Origin Storage

We want to assure you that we are doing all we can to make the parts you need accessible to you and your customers. We pride ourselves on our multifaceted offering: affordable, high-quality, and compatible parts that last and do not invalidate OEM warranties.

If you have any questions or would like assistance with your order, please get in touch with us, and a member of our team will be happy to help you find the parts you require.

The last few months of 2021 have been transformative, to say the least. After over a year of working from home, thousands of UK employees headed back into the office. In the technology world, 5G is becoming more prolific in the UK, with an increasing number of cities having access to the new generation of wireless technology. Thousands of businesses have opened their doors to the public once again as coronavirus restrictions continue to ease. There is change in the air, but don’t worry, Origin Storage’s networking partner D-Link offers high-quality products that take the stress out of the new normal. 

Return to work

Many businesses hope to return to the office in the coming weeks and months, and there is much to consider regarding networking. D-Link provides a range of networking devices to improve your working experience, whether at home or in the office. An increasing number of businesses are purchasing integrated IoT devices, IP cameras, voice assistants such as Google Home or Alexa, smart lights… the list goes on.

It is important for many of us that our work environment is one of connectivity and efficiency, and D-Link can help achieve that goal. For example, to configure networks for maximum efficiency, we recommend the use of network managed switches. Managed switches, along with an upgrade to 10 GbE, would allow extra network control to deal with increased traffic on networks. The ‘new normal’ is defined by virtual meetings, with multiple meetings taking place at the same time. When added to normal traffic, this could cause bottlenecks and limited bandwidth, and no workplace needs that! They also allow you to have more granular control to configure switches, traffic, connected devices, and the security of your network. With D-Link, the power is in your hands.

The proliferation of 5G

Since EE launched the UK’s first 5G service in May 2019 in select cities, this new wireless technology has arrived in several more cities in recent months. It couldn’t have come at a better time, as the pandemic has increased device usage considerably. In 2020, internet usage in the UK more than doubled, primarily due to remote working, video calls, and online gaming. 

Unleash the full power of 5G and Wi-Fi 6 wherever you are with D-Link. 5G allows users to watch 4K movies, download massive files with ease, and stream high-quality content without irritating lag or buffering. Whether you are at home or in the office, D-Link 5G routers are built with mobile failover. If your broadband connection cuts out unexpectedly, you remain connected to the internet through the routers mobile connection. Say goodbye to unwelcome internet outages! You’re always connected with D-Link.

Security is vital

After an unwelcome rise in burglaries over the past few years, businesses must reconsider the current security measures currently in place. Security cameras are a vital tool that allow businesses to protect their property and employees. Footage can be used for a multitude of reasons: to make insurance claims and is used to validate reports of workplace incidents, car accidents, theft, and more. Organisations must purchase high-quality, reliable security cameras that can capture incidents clearly. D-Link lenses use high-quality glass for superior images. Vital details such as number plates can be captured in full HD clarity, even at maximum zoom. 

To learn more about how D-Link can benefit your business in the ‘new normal’, please contact us today. You can reach us by phone on +44 (0) 844 288 6868 or email us at [email protected]