Chip manufacturers are planning another increase in price

In the first quarter of last year, TSMC announced three waves of price increases (for the second, third and fourth quarters). Each wave increased prices in the order of units to low tens of percent. It was not a specialty of TSMC, other manufacturers also became more expensive, some even more markedly. The reason was that the extreme workload of workers working on permanent overtime began to take its toll, and producers began to add to them in order to avoid massive departures.

However, the burden continues and semiconductor manufacturers conclude that there may be no other way than to increase the price again. If that happens, it will probably happen in June. Smaller brands are turning their attention to TSMC, which is not only a technology leader, but in many ways a role model in terms of personnel and business. When the TSMC becomes more expensive, so will others.

Recall that this increase is completely independent of exponential intergenerational increases in wafer prices (shown in the table above). It would be widespread, just like last year’s price increases. Which is one of the reasons why even old graphics card models, only recently made, are significantly more expensive than when released. Production processes are more expensive than before, graphics memories as well and another thing is transport (both for components during production and distribution of finished goods).

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