Global Chip Shortage May Not End Anytime Soon

The 2020–21 global chip shortage is an ongoing crisis in which the demand for integrated circuits is greater than the supply. The chips are often called semiconductors or microchips and function as the brains of our electronics. This shortage is impacting more than 169 industries and has led to major shortages for most electrical devices. There are chips in nearly everything electric you own, from your phone to your computer to your car. There are even chips in items you wouldn’t expect, such as your washing machine, electric toothbrush and refrigerator.

This worldwide chip shortage and supply chain issues are affecting delivery of IT equipment purchased by the University including new and replacement computers and peripherals, network infrastructure gear and classroom technology.

Information Technology staff have been in constant contact with the University’s technology partners to monitor the situation and have been notified of extended lead times across the board. Before this shortage, computers would ship within several weeks. As of the end of August, lead times are at 18-20 weeks depending upon the specific configuration. We expect the lead times to increase even more throughout the Fall as other universities are trying to equip their campuses for the Fall semester as well.

If you have any questions regarding delays on purchases of University-owned devices or equipment, please contact the Technology Support Center.

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