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Dell says Intel's CPU shortages have worsened in Q4

By Kenny Yeo - on 2 Dec 2019, 1:55pm

Dell says Intel's CPU shortages have worsened in Q4

Intel's CPU shortage problem is well documented. The company was late in implementing its new 10nm process and now faces the unenviable task of having to produce processors on two different manufacturing processes.

Just last week, Intel sent letters to its customers and partners apologising for the shortage and acknowledges the hassle it has caused.

The opening paragraph from the letter reads:

I’d like to acknowledge and sincerely apologize for the impact recent PC CPU shipment delays are having on your business and to thank you for your continued partnership. I also want to update you on our actions and investments to improve supply-demand balance and support you with performance-leading Intel products. Despite our best efforts, we have not yet resolved this challenge.

You can read the full letter here.

And more recently, Dell COO Jeffrey Clarke said that CPU shortages have actually worsened in Q4 because of unexpectedly high demand on the client and commercial side of business.

Jeffrey Clarke, COO of Dell, said:

Intel CPU shortages have worsened quarter-over-quarter the shortages are now impacting our commercial PC and premium consumer PC Q4 forecasted shipments.

This is perhaps the reason why certain brands have yet to introduce updates to their notebooks despite Intel announcing new 10th generation "Ice Lake" Core processors way back in August.

And it seems like this situation will see no signs of easing in the months ahead. Reports and industry insiders believe that it will take at least another year for Intel's production and demand to balance out.

Source: Anandtech