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Huge demand creates component shortage

Huge demand creates component shortage

NEW Zealand faces a motherboard and CPU shortage that looks set to continue into the new year.

Stock is in short supply because of unprecedented demand for the components from the US and Europe. Orders in the two regions are currently running at around 400% more than usual.

A source at Ingram Micro says the situation has verged on dramatic over the last month but seems to be settling down now.

AMD, Intel and Gigabyte have all experienced problems but for different reasons.

Dan Anderson, Intel public relations manger, says his company is meeting demand for microprocessors but is constrained on certain low-end desktop chip sets.

“We are working with our customers and third-party chip set suppliers to meet overall demand, but we expect availability to remain tight throughout the fourth quarter,” he says.

Anderson expects availability to begin to improve in the first quarter.

Tim Handley, Gigabyte marketing manager, admits there are a couple of shortages but nothing too alarming.

He says there is strong demand for entry-level SIS chip sets due to discontinuation of the Intel 845 and entry-level ATI and VIA IGP chip sets are also in demand for the same reason.

At the high end, Handley says Intel 945G/P chip sets are in demand as they move into the mainstream — quite normal in this period for products launched at Computex in June.

Richard Harri, Synnex country manager, agrees there is a worldwide shortage but says Asus stocks in New Zealand are fine.

“Synnex is taking a proactive position and holding a lot of stock so its customers don’t feel any impact,” he says.

Liam Gunson, IDC market analyst, says while there are shortages both vendors and distributors are watching closely and doing all they can to keep things running as smoothly as possible.

“While certain areas may struggle, overall supply should ultimately remain adequate. This may place unwanted pressure on the local assembler market which is already stressed from the strength of multinational notebook shipments,” he says.


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