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We've already heard how supply and production issues in the tech industry won't be improving anytime soon, and now Intel chief Pat Gelsinger has issued yet another reminder that the shortage of semiconductors will likely continue into 2023.

"The overall semiconductor shortage is quite significant and the semiconductor industry was growing about 5% per year before COVID...COVID disrupted the supply chains, causing it to go negative...Demand exploded to 20% year-over-year and disrupted supply chains created a very large gap...and that exploding demand has persisted...It just takes time to build this capacity to respond to the spike"

While the American semiconductor manufacturer has no ties with Nintendo's hybrid console, the Japanese video game maker has already expressed concerns about keeping up with the consumer demand for its own hardware.

"the extended impact of both COVID-19 and the global semiconductor shortage creates a state of continued uncertainty, with the possibility of future impact on production and shipping. While these and other unforeseen risks exist, we continue to take all necessary measures in conducting business."

Toshiba and Nvidia (the company that supplies the Switch's custom Tegra processor) are also facing their own shortages and supply issues right now. Toshiba mentioned how some customers may not be fully served until 2023 and noted how game console makers have some of the strongest demands:

"Game console makers are among the customers making the strongest demands and [we're] sincerely sorry for their frustration as none of them have a 100% satisfaction.”

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[source eurogamer.net]