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Russia wakes up to big technological weaknesses

Mar 15, 2022
Russia's economy relies on imported tech, like aircraft parts and semiconductors. That leaves it vulnerable as sanctions multiply.
Sanctions on Russia have already hurt manufacturers there who rely on foreign tech, like computer chips shipped from the United States.
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Chips from Intel's new $20 billion factories won't be ready to use for years

Jan 21, 2022
The semiconductor giant is thinking long term.
With consumers' appetite for smart cars and appliances, demand for Intel's chips isn't going away anytime soon.
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Shopping for a new car is hard — and may stay that way

Dec 14, 2021
The global chip shortage. Supply chain headaches. Empty dealer lots and sky-high prices. New car shopping isn't for the faint of heart.
An aerial view of a Ford dealership in Richmond, California, shows a nearly empty sales lot.
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Looking for a gift for the video gamer in your family? Good luck.

Dec 9, 2021
There's a gaming console shortage thanks to the computer chip shortage and high pandemic demand.
The video game industry experienced a boom during the pandemic.
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The global computer chip shortage finally hits Apple and its new iPhone 13 models

Oct 13, 2021
The company had managed to steer clear of the shortages that have hit carmakers and other manufacturers.
iPhone may cut production of some iPhone 13 models in response to the semiconductor chip shortage.
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What's behind the chip shortage?

Sep 17, 2021
Shortages happen when demand is greater than supply. When it comes to computer chips, there are problems on both sides of that equation.
The chip shortage has been made worse by shipping bottlenecks, worker shortages and supply chain issues.
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Ford wants more online, made-to-order sales. What does that mean for dealerships?

Aug 18, 2021
It's a tradeoff for dealerships. Lower inventory often means lower risk ... but is it an opportunity for competition?
A row of new Ford trucks at a Ford dealership in Colma, California.
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What this Dutch semiconductor company could tell you about the car market

Aug 2, 2021
NXP is one of the top suppliers of computer chips to automakers.
The Nijmegen, Netherlands headquarters of Dutch chip maker NXP in 2015.
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The chip shortage is idling Ford plants – and Ford autoworkers

Jul 1, 2021
The automotive business has its ups and downs, but union contracts protect workers from big pay cuts.
A Ford worker at an F-150 truck plant in Michigan.
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Shortage of semiconductors is a security risk, and what the U.S. can do about it

Apr 21, 2021
Semiconductors are in almost everything, including military equipment, and we don’t have enough of them.
Biden’s infrastructure proposal calls for $50 billion to create a technology directorate that would focus, in part, on semiconductor manufacturing.
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