China’s semiconductor revolution: From crisis to self-sufficiency

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The global semiconductor industry is currently embroiled in one of the most severe crises it has faced in the past 30 years. The upheaval of the coronavirus pandemic has seen the demand for chips surge, but production is struggling to keep up, causing long delays and seeing prices driven to new heights.    We spoke to Hui He, Associate Director and Head of China Semiconductor Research at Omdia, about the severity of the ongoing semiconductor supply crisis and how the industry is shifting to meet heightened demand.   “Demand has increased,” explained Hui. “Corona has changed a lot of our lives, creating a lot of new demand for the industry this year. Even for TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company), the most advanced and biggest foundry in the world, income from hyperscale computing has grown to 33% of total revenue. So, this is a very big and high-speed growth market.”       One of the most obvious effects of the global pandemic has been a major boost in digital transformation, both in our personal and business lives. From a growing appetite for connected devices like laptops and tablets…

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