Chip Shortage Threatens Cutting-Edge Tech Needed

The two-year global semiconductor shortage is threatening to spread to some of the most advanced chips needed for next-generation smartphones and the data centers that power apps.

Chips with the tiniest transistors and highest performance had largely escaped the drought that has hit the auto industry and other electronics.

Now, problems ranging from production hitches to a shortage of manufacturing equipment...

These have raised concerns over the ability of the world’s two highest-end chip manufacturers to meet delivery promises to customers.

The challenges could ripple through the electronics supply chain as soon as next year,

With one analyst warning of shortfalls as high as 20% for the most advanced chips by 2024 and beyond.

Without improved chips, technologies such as high-performance computing, artificial intelligence..

And more evolved forms of autonomous driving might see a slowdown in deployment, industry analysts say.