Intel CPU shortage to worsen in Q2; clear up in Q3

Intel CPU shortage to worsen in Q2; clear up in Q3

Last month Intel CEO Bob Swan said that Intel would be able to meet CPU demand ‘as we exit the second quarter’.

“We expect supply-demand balance to improve by mid-year, ” said Swan. 

Swan indicated that Intel is prioritising server chips.

So the shortage of PC CPUs is the direct result of heavy demand for 14nm Xeon server CPUs.

For Q2, however, Digitimes reports that shortages of PC CPUs will get worse  because of high demand for Chromebooks.

The shortages are now into their eighth month with HP, Lenovo and Dell 

reporting shortfalls of 5%. Taiwan OEMs reported 10% shortfalls 

AMD’s share in notebook CPUs has grown 9.8% Q1 2018 to

15.8% Q1 2019 and is expected to rise to 18% in  Q2.

 In Q3, with 25% more 14nm capacity coming on-stream in July/August, the shortages could be eliminated 

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