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Six Christmas gifts that could be missing this year

Semiconductors – an electronic component that most of us had never heard of before 2021.

But the vital units that keep all of our favorite gadgets running have now become conspicuous by their absence.

There is a global chip shortage that could disrupt Christmas significantly, with many electronics expected to be scarce on shelves this holiday season.

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Automotive experts Rental options observed the global problem unfold from 2020, having been directly affected by the problems the shortage has caused to the auto industry.

Now the company has provided its expert opinion on the reasons for the shortage – and 2021 giveaways may be scarce because of it.

Mike Thompson, Director of Leasing Options, said: “The semiconductor shortage has caused significant delays to a number of new cars, with some people waiting months for their vehicle.

“However, what much of the public does not know is how this shortage could lead to a limited supply of the most anticipated Christmas presents.”

What caused the semiconductor shortage?

The shortage started due to the coronavirus pandemic, as fewer semiconductors were manufactured than usual, while the demand for electronics increased.

Combined with other factors including tighter international restrictions on travel and rising shipping costs, this has had a domino effect in several sectors, one of the most affected being the auto industry.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) predicts that the chip crisis will wipe 100,000 of the UK’s total auto production by 2021.

Six Christmas gifts in short supply due to semiconductor shortage

1. Smartphones and watches

The iPhone 13 won’t be the only smart device with limited supply this Christmas. Samsung’s Galaxy S21 FE launch is rumored to have been pushed back to January.

2. Laptops

Semiconductors are essential to the functioning of laptops. Buyers should expect many major laptop manufacturers to run out of stock this Christmas.

3. Cars

Automakers such as Jaguar Land Rover, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Stellanis and the Volkswagen Group have been hit by a shortage as some automakers have had to temporarily shut down production lines.

4. Household appliances

Common household appliances such as toasters, washing machines and refrigerators have also fallen victim to the shortage. It shows how semiconductors are a part of our daily life without many of us even realizing it until now.

5. Game consoles

The release of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S in 2020 has played a major role in the semiconductor shortage due to the high demand for consoles. Shortages of these consoles remain a problem in 2021 and, according to manufacturer Toshiba, this could last until 2023.

6. Televisions

Most high-end televisions use semiconductors to achieve greater screen definition. Any TV with a screen using organic LED (OLED) technology is likely to be affected by the shortage.

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