What's Behind a Global Semiconductor Shortage

What's Behind a Global Semiconductor Shortage

FVTC instructor adds expertise about the issue

| By: Daley-Hinkens, Carmelyn M

A severe semiconductor shortage is impacting businesses and industries around the globe. And to help others understand the consequences of the shortage, Insight on Manufacturing magazine recently wrote an article about the issue and tapped Behzad Bahraminejad, instructor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology at FVTC, for his expertise.

As Behzad explains, with microchips being everywhere, and with semiconductors needed to make microchips, a semiconductor shortage is negatively impacting many facets of our lives – from automobiles to home appliances.

“Hundreds of thousands of electronic circuits are surrounding us and coursing inside of every single device you can see in your home, in your car, in your phone,” Behzad says. “You can find the impact of microchips everywhere.”

While the U.S. has been a pioneer in developing semiconductor technologies, production moved overseas to Southeast Asia and Taiwan years ago. With supply chain issues since the pandemic, U.S. manufacturers are struggling to get products from overseas suppliers and that is challenging production here at home.

Where might there be a solution? Read Behzad’s contribution in the full article:

Insight on Manufacturing: When the chips are down