It appears the glob­al semi­con­duc­tor short­age may con­tin­ue well into 2022 or even 2023. At least accord­ing to Intel.

Dur­ing a Q2 earn­ings call, CEO Pat Gelsinger stat­ed that com­put­ing and AI are rapid­ly grow­ing, espe­cial­ly because of the ongo­ing pan­dem­ic, the semi­con­duc­tor sup­ply chain may take a cou­ple of years to actu­al­ly catch up. 

While I expect the short­age to bot­tom out in the sec­ond half, it will take anoth­er one to two years before the indus­try is able to com­plete­ly catch up with demand,” Gelsinger said. “With major fab con­struc­tion projects under­way in Ore­gon, Ari­zona, Ire­land, and Israel, we are invest­ing for the future, but we are also tak­ing action today to find inno­v­a­tive ways to help mit­i­gate indus­try constraints.”

Gelsinger also acknowl­edged that there’s more that need to be done to address this mas­sive short­age. Despite this, he expects the PC mar­ket to con­tin­ue to expand, sim­ply because peo­ple are turn­ing to com­put­ing to com­plete every­day tasks (as a result of the pandemic).

While we have work to do, we are mak­ing strides to renew our exe­cu­tion machine: 7nm is pro­gres­sion very well,” Gelsinger stat­ed. “We’ve launched new inno­v­a­tive prod­ucts, estab­lished Intel Foundry Ser­vices, and made oper­a­tion and orga­ni­za­tion changes to lay the foun­da­tion need­ed to win in the next phase of our com­pa­ny’s great history.”

The semi­con­duc­tor short­age will con­tin­ue to affect gam­ing con­sole and PC part man­u­fac­tur­ing. Those look­ing to buy a Nin­ten­do Switch, PlaySta­tion 5, and Xbox Series X|S are going to still strug­gle to find one. Nvidia has stat­ed that the sit­u­a­tion will make GPU pro­duc­tion creep along until the end of this year.

This short­age is also caus­ing in-game prob­lems. Final Fan­ta­sy XIV has expe­ri­enced sev­er issues as a result of recent pop­u­lar­i­ty. Pro­duc­er Nao­ki Yoshi­da said the sup­ply chain con­straints are pre­vent­ing the team from adding more data cen­ters, which in turn means more servers for the game.

Tech ana­lyst Neil Cam­pling, told The Guardian back in March that the semi­con­duc­tor short­age had reached “cri­sis lev­els.” The Sen­ate also passed leg­is­la­tion in June to alle­vi­ate the prob­lem and ensure the chips were more wide­ly available.