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National Lockdown in Malaysia May Affect Intel and AMD CPU Supply

Starting yesterday, Malaysia entered a national lockdown, imposing country-wide restrictions on civilian movement, educational institutions, and social gathering which is expected to last till the 7th of June. For the semiconductor industry, this could mean worsening of the worldwide chip shortages. Malaysia accounts for nearly 15% of the global packaging and testing capacity, with all major companies including Intel, AMD, NXP, Renesas, Texas Inst., and ASE having factories in the region.

Intel will be the most affected, with 50% of its overall processor supply packaged in Malaysia while a notable chunk of AMD’s Ryzen 3000 and 5000 processors are also packaged in the country. While a month-long shutdown is nothing to scoff at, it shouldn’t completely drain the inventory of large suppliers and retailers. However, it might adversely affect the already strained global semiconductor supply chain that has been struggling to meet the growing demand of the console and computer hardware markets.

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Areej

Computer Engineering dropout (3 years), writer, journalist, and amateur poet. I started my first technology blog, Techquila while in college to address my hardware passion. Although largely successful, it was a classic example of too many people trying out multiple different things but getting nothing done. Left in late 2019 and been working on Hardware Times ever since.

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