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    Experts say pandemic triggered global microchip shortage, revealed problem for the US

    The mini-circuitry is the brain inside almost any digital device. “They go into telephones, computers, game consoles, all sorts of electronic gear,” Scott Lambert, the president of the Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association, said. Fighter jets, hospital ventilators and cars all use them. The sophistication of the chips varies widely, depending on what they’re used for. “When you look at, like, a smartphone, it has the most advanced microprocessor,” Sonderman noted. “The most advanced solutions, that cost a lot more than an automotive-based solution because of dimensional requirements of the computer chip, as we make things smaller and smaller.” Even with  

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    Chip Shortage Pushes up Laptop, Gadget Prices $50 for Consumers: WSJ

    The global chip shortage is bumping up the cost of laptops, phones, and printers, the WSJ reported. An ASUSTek laptop jumped from $900 to $950 in June, while a HP Chromebook rose from $220 to $250. Chip makers say they’re passing on higher costs they face to gadget companies. Loading Something is loading. Some gadgets are becoming up to $50 more expensive for customers because of the global chip shortage, according to a Wall Street Journal report on Monday. Some popular laptops, phones, and printers, which all contain semiconductor chips, now cost up to $50 more because chip companies have  

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    Why a Shortage Has Made Computer Chips the New Toilet Paper

    This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it weekdays. Most people need toilet paper and computer chips every day, and yet we rarely think about either of them. That changed during the coronavirus pandemic when first bathroom rolls and then chips became scarce. Computer chips aren’t so disposable, but they are equally essential as electronic brains for products like smartphones, cars, airplanes and most modern appliances. Chip shortages have stalled new car manufacturing, made rental cars harder to find and complicated business even for the dog washing industry. I  

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    White House to meet with tech leaders about semiconductor shortage

    Automakers and tech companies will be discussing chip shortfalls with the White House. Screenshot by Corinne Reichert/CNET The White House will meet with CEOs from Intel, Dell, Samsung, Ford, HP, AT&T, Alphabet, General Motors and other companies on Monday to discuss the global computer chip shortage. The virtual semiconductor summit will include White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, National Economic Council Director Brian Deese and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. President Joe Biden is expected to “briefly join” the summit to discuss his jobs and infrastructure plan as well as steps to strengthen supply chains, according to the White  

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    Shortage of computer chips causes problems for auto industry

    DETROIT – A shortage of computer chips is causing problems for the auto industry. General Motors has warned that it is likely to lose around $2 billion this year as a result. Ford had to slow down the F-150 production for a week. The shortage is now spreading across to other industries. READ: Why you should ask about ‘destination fee’s before purchasing a new vehicle For the auto industry the problem is a supply and demand issue created by manufacturing. Because of the issue many automakers are having to slow or stop production to put the chips in vehicles. 

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