10 ways IT can navigate the chip shortage

Exacerbated by the pandemic, the chip shortage neared crisis proportions at the start of the year. Network vendors calculated the impact on their businesses in recent earnings reports: Cisco’s current product backlog is at nearly $14 billion, Juniper reported a backlog of $1.8 billion, and Arista said that lead times on sales are 50 to 70 weeks.

Then Russia invaded Ukraine, putting even more stress on the global supply chain. Ukraine manufactures 70% of the world’s neon gas, which is needed for the industrial lasers used in semiconductor manufacturing, according to research firm TrendForce.

Semiconductor manufacturers also need C4F6, a gas used for etching, and palladium, used in sensors and memory. Russia is a crucial source of both, according to a report by research firm Techcet.

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