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Global chip shortage: How manufacturers can cope over the long term


The federal government is expected to invest heavily in the semiconductor industry, but support is also needed from academia and corporations, industry experts say.

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Earlier this week, the Senate passed legislation aimed at countering China's growing economic influence with a bill that includes more than $50 billion for the semiconductor industry. It now must pass the House before going to President Biden for his signature. Although there have been predictions that the global semiconductor crisis will end by 2022, a computer researcher at Wichita State University warns the crisis is likely to last a few years.

The reason is that boosting the semiconductor supply hinges on new production facilities in the works from Intel and the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, according to Abu Asaduzzaman, Ph.D., an associate professor of computer engineering and director of Wichita State's undergraduate computer engineering program.

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