Acer says PC hardware shortages to ease up by second half of 2021

Written by Stuart Thomas on Thu, Apr 8, 2021 11:36 AM

The current global chip shortage has affected nearly every electronics manufacturer across the globe, including those for PC hardware. We’ve seen demand skyrocket during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic yet supply dwindle as semiconductor companies try to keep up. But according to Acer, we could see the PC hardware shortages ease up by the second half of 2021.

In a recent interview, the President of Pan-Asia Pacific Operations for Acer, Andrew Hou, said that they became aware of issues with supply late last year. However, supply chain workers quickly “jumped into action” shortly after. Hou did mention that they expected better results by Q2 this year compared to Q1, but even then Hou says they are confident things will get better by the second half of 2021.

According to the Chairman and CEO of Acer, Jason Chen, the company is feeling “growing pressure because of the component shortages, and our staff are working with additional efforts to chase all the components needed every day.” 

However, this is apparently a “happy problem” for Acer, as revenue for the company has increased despite the current shortages. That’s no surprise considering the level of demand for electronics at the moment, but it is still expected to grow, meaning none of these companies have been struggling financially and won’t be going out of business.

Obviously it’s not a ‘happy problem’ for consumers, but it is likely that manufacturers will now ensure steps to make sure shortages like this won’t happen in the future. One such way is a massive $100 billion investment from TSMC which aims to expand overall capacity over the next 3 years.

Of course, this is just 1 company’s ideas about the future, and conflicts with several reports from other manufacturers. A J.P.Morgan analyst mentioned GPU stock may not get better until 2022 for instance, and the global chip shortage has affected everyone including Intel, who may be raising the prices of Rocket Lake CPUs soon because of it.

What do you think? Are you still struggling to get any PC hardware at the moment? What have you managed to get and what are you still looking for? And with everyone scrambling to fix the current situation, do you think supply will get better by July 2021? Let us know your thoughts!

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23:06 Apr-08-2021

supply issue may change, prices wont. companies have seen people will still pay so why would they ever sell for less again?

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22:57 Apr-08-2021

Nah. 2022 at the earliest.

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17:54 Apr-08-2021

Of course that it is "happy problem" for companies, I mean selling anything you can make immediately indeed is great problem for them to have. Though of course it isn't great for consumers. I do feel Acer is overly optimistic, so I would say they likely are trying to get some of those good points with consumers with that. I just have my doubts about how realistic their statement is.

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12:37 Apr-08-2021

Doubt it, hearing about how certain companies bought up massive ammounts of chip manufacturing capacities, I doubt that PC components (at least high end, gaming stuff) will be a priority. The shortage is causing massive delays in all sorts of products, including cars.

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12:34 Apr-08-2021

It's the same as covid in general - they keep selling hope. "Just a little bit more and it'll get better... just a bit more...now a bit more again...soon...ok, we know we said it was supposed to be better ages ago, but juuuust a bit longer...ok, a bit more...keep your hopes up, this will end soon! Just a bit longer..." and it never ends.

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12:38 Apr-08-2021

I remember being told about a 4 week "wElLeNbReChEr LoCkDoWn" for November here in germany. We're still in it. I don't believe any estimates or deadlines companies or government gives us, cause nobody really has a clue.

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17:18 Apr-08-2021

Over here in the UK they legally did not allow people to visit families over Easter, even if everyone has had their vaccinations...
And we celebrated a 1 year anniversary of "2 weeks to flatten the curve" this March. Christmas 2020 was "cancelled" at the last minute despite the govt saying they wouldn't - probably just to f*ck with people...


People can say whatever they want on the matter, but it's absolutely ridiculous... Christmas 2021 is "cancelled", I'm calling it now :D

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23:09 Apr-08-2021

dude, life is cancelled until.... well forever. I'm a security guard and the knuckle dragging stupidity of the British population has shown me we will never get out of lockdown.

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15:02 Apr-09-2021

What do you mean in particular? I'm with you on the general stupidity for sure, though I have a feeling I might fall under that category for you as I don't do masks myself (nor have I ever had flu in my life... And I haven't even had a cold in the last 2 years) for personal reasons.

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15:15 Apr-09-2021

masks i dont really care. anti vaxers i wont get involved with that convo on here.
so this week for me has seen a guy smash the shop up because he got asked for ID to buy smokes. and I've had 3 separate people threaten to stab me. 5 time gypsies came for petrol and drove of without paying. when the police are called..

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15:16 Apr-09-2021

their reply was they are too busy.
this is the last days of Rome. and as a species I'm starting to feel we deserve it.

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15:18 Apr-09-2021

this is only 1 week in the life of a supermarket petrol station security guard

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15:30 Apr-09-2021

You ain't gonna get lip from me on that one... The way people act here is abysmal. Between us law-abiding immigrants we call the UK a "rich village" - there's tons of money around, the economy is alright, but the people are nothing short of country bumpkins sometimes. Sorry you have to deal with that! I have to say, when I visited my old country (Lithuania) last year, it just felt so much safer and it was incredibly clean, at least around where I grew up in the capital. It was quite the shock how they managed to clean up over the last decade!

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15:34 Apr-09-2021

And this is not to say that I dislike the UK - it's great in many ways, so don't take me the wrong way, please. But safety is...not what you get here... :/

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12:27 Apr-08-2021

Recently some companies predicted that I would get only worse, now Acer employee says it will gradually get better in the second half...It better be true. Tired of trying to get a gpu while fighting these annoying scalpers and miners

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