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Samsung chip fallout threatens smartphone and PC supplies

Texas freeze wreaks havoc on semiconductor supply chains

A chip shortage that started with semiconductors used in automobiles is now spreading to other products, including smartphones and personal computers.   © Reuters

TOKYO/SEOUL/TAIPEI -- The chip shortage that had slowed automobile manufacturing has now spread to the production of smartphones and personal computers, threatening to derail a post-pandemic economic recovery.

The shortage spurred by strong chip demand during the pandemic has been exacerbated by the shutdown of a Samsung plant in Texas following a winter storm. The chip fabrication plant responsible for 5% of global supply has been idled since Feb. 16, causing widespread repercussions through the supply chain.

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