Wi-Fi SoC began to experience shortages in supply
Last month, as a major manufacturer of network cards, Intel began to streamline its network card product line. Intel has started the discontinuation plan for dozens of NIC chips and their products. After about a year, Intel’s NIC models will be significantly reduced. The report pointed out that Intel is speeding up the EOL plan for network card chips and their products because of various shortages in the industry chain. This approach can consolidate and maintain related supplies.
Intel’s worries are not unreasonable, and preparation in advance also shows its sophisticated management. According to DigiTimes, Wi-Fi SoC has been out of stock recently due to problems in the supply of some raw materials. Although manufacturers have improved with the allocation of wafer capacity, the improvement is very small at this stage. At present, the delivery of related chips generally takes six months to one year, but the actual shipment may change every month. For manufacturers, the price of mainstream Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) SoCs on the market continues to rise, causing cost pressures to increase.