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      White House scrambles to address global chip shortage

      Eric Bangeman · news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Friday, 12 February, 2021 - 15:12

    Ford has cut production at its Chicago facility from three shifts to one as a global chip shortage takes a toll on the car industry.

    Enlarge / Ford has cut production at its Chicago facility from three shifts to one as a global chip shortage takes a toll on the car industry. (credit: Scott Olson | Getty Images)

    The Biden administration has pledged to take immediate action to address a global shortage of semiconductors that has forced the closure of several US car plants.

    Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, said the administration was "identifying potential chokepoints in the supply chain" after coming under pressure from lawmakers, semiconductor companies and car manufacturers over the shortages.

    A surge in demand for consumer electronics during the pandemic has led to the shortage of chips, which has been exacerbated in the US by sanctions on SMIC, the Chinese chipmaker.

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