Wafer foundries fight back

It's shortage time, folks

A report from NECX today claimed that major foundry manufacturers were telling customers that there are shortages, across the board. Accoding to NECX, IBM Microelectronics, TSMC, UMC and a number of other fabs have suspended volume discounts on six and eight inch wafers. That is the first time such a situation has occurred in some years and is due to increased demand in the market for semiconductors of all types, including, smaller low margin integrated circuits. The shortage coincides with reports from SEMA, Dataquest and other bodies that demand for silicon is rising this year. ®

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